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Serve on the MCF Board

Together, we are MCF
The Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF) is a vibrant philanthropic community connecting, strengthening, and mobilizing the power of philanthropy to advance prosperity and equity.

Over 150 members represent grantmaking throughout the state, providing millions of dollars and non-financial resources to nonprofits annually. Members include family and private independent foundations, community and other public foundations, and corporate foundations and giving programs.

Lead with Us
Serving as a volunteer on the MCF board of directors is an opportunity to build relationships across MCF’s diverse membership, express leadership and influence in the field of philanthropy, and gain personal and professional growth.

MCF seeks candidates who are committed to collectively advancing prosperity and equity, while upholding values of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism, and leading by example in Minnesota’s philanthropic sector.

MCF welcomes applicants who: 

  • Are employed by or serve on the board of a MCF member organization
  • Bring diverse experience and perspectives
  • Have an interest in service and governance
  • Have a commitment to strengthening MCF and the field of philanthropy
  • Have knowledge about philanthropy’s role in the community 

Recruitment Priorities 
MCF is committed to building a diverse Board comprised of individuals from different backgrounds and with a range of experiences and viewpoints. MCF considers its priority elements of diversity when reviewing applicants, which include: race and ethnicity; gender; sexual orientation; ability; and geography. For the class of 2025, we are actively seeking individuals in the following areas to ensure we have a well-rounded, diverse Board, including those who:

  • Reside in greater Minnesota

Board Candidate Time Commitment

  • Ability to attend six board meetings per year, three virtual (2 hours), three in-person (3 hours), among those in person typically one in greater Minnesota and two in the Twin Cities
  • Ability to participate in at least one MCF Committee (committees typically meet 4-6 times per year for 1.5 hours via zoom)
  • Ability to complete one or two - three-year term(s)

Application Process and Timeline
The MCF Governance Committee will develop a slate of candidates to be approved by the membership at MCF’s Annual Meeting on December 5, 2024. The committee will review candidates and conduct interviews in September.

  • June 3 – July 17 – board application period
  • August 20 – Governance Committee meeting to review applicants
  • August 21 – 31 – MCF staff schedule applicant interviews
  • September 10 and 12 – Governance Committee and MCF staff conduct applicant interviews
  • September 24 – Governance Committee meeting to review candidates and vote on a slate 
  • October 31 – MCF Board reviews and votes on slate to present to the MCF membership
  • December 5 – MCF’s Annual Meeting to vote on slate of 2025 board members 

To review the board application questions, click here.

MCF Board Application
Complete the application by clicking here. If you have questions or need assistance completing the application in the format it is presented, please contact MCF Governance and Operations Manager, Brianna Kocka at 612.335.3559 or email to discuss alternatives.

Application deadline 
Applications are accepted until 5:00 p.m. on July 17, 2024.

If you have any questions about board service or MCF, please contact Susie Brown, MCF President at or by calling 612-335-3557.

Learn more
View current MCF Board and Committee Directors and Officers
View MCF Board and Committee descriptions