MCF Seeks Our Next Program Manager

July 30, 2015

help Are you or someone you know MCF’s next Program Manager? This highly-visible and member-facing role is perfect for someone with a passion for connecting groups of people to opportunity, link participants to resources and energy to grow and expand a well established set of program activities.

The Program Manager will manage the day-to-activities of the Council’s 20+ active member networks and growing web-based learning programs. This role will collaborate closely with other department program directors on the development of interactive and informative programmatic content relevant to MCF’s 176+ grantmaker members.

Core responsibilities include a leadership role in:

  • Member networks
  • E-learning / webinars
  • Briefings and programmatic opportunities
  • Program design and delivery

See the full job description on our website, and help us spread the word! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with the hope of a candidate joining the team late in August.

Photo cc Matt Wetzler

A Fond Farewell to Tara Kumar

July 21, 2015

TaraOur program manager, Tara Kumar, will be leaving her role with MCF as of July 30. She has decided to seek part-time work, so she can focus more of her time on her family.

In her two years at MCF, Tara has made a big impact on shaping and strengthening our member networks, as well as being a joy to work with. Here’s what our members and staff have to say:

“Tara has been invaluable to our work with member networks. Any question you’ve got about a network or member, she’s got the answer! She will be greatly missed.” –Alfonso Wenker, MCF director of program strategy and racial equity

“Tara cares deeply about her work. She took the time to understand the complexities behind planning programs and was eager to learn about issues that our members were addressing. Tara is kind, considerate and fun…the kind of person we all want as a co-worker.” –Maria Salas, MCF director of member relations

“There is no question that Tara has been a huge asset for the networks in which I participate and for other MCF activities in which she has played a part.” –Rob Scarlett, trustee, Sundance Family Foundation

“I’ll miss Tara’s ability to connect with members and find the most obscure philanthropy resources.” –Trista Harris, MCF president

“I’ve really enjoyed working with Tara. She has a great range of experience and so many contacts in the nonprofit sector. I’ll miss her!” –Susan Stehling, MCF communications associate

Tara’s closing note to members: “I feel incredibly fortunate to have engaged with so many members in my two years at MCF. I have learned so much from you all about the field of philanthropy and truly appreciate your efforts in making our networks and programming so successful.”

Thank you and good luck, Tara!

 

 


Meet Our Summer Communications Intern

June 24, 2015

pvangThanks to The BrandLab, a nonprofit that integrates students of different races and socioeconomic backgrounds into the marketing world, MCF has a communications intern this summer! Meet Paul Vang, who will be with us for the next seven weeks.

Paul graduated from Johnson Senior High School in Saint Paul, and still volunteers there for its wrestling team. He is currently a junior at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities pursuing a Communications major, with a minor in Leadership. Last summer he held a BrandLab internship with 3M.

While with MCF, Paul will help us with social media, email marketing, media relations, and website updates and improvements.

Glad to have you with us, Paul!


MCF Welcomes Leah Lundquist as Program Manager — Leadership Development

June 23, 2015

Leah-LundquistWe are excited to announce Leah Lundquist is joining MCF as our new program manager — leadership development.

Leah comes to us from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she served as director of the Hubert Project. She previously held positions at the Center for Integrative Leadership, Northwest Area Foundation and the Kellogg Action Lab. She received her Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School in 2012.

Leah will serve as lead trainer on MCF initiatives like Grantmaking for the 21st Century, the Policy Connections Institute and other cohort learning programs. She will begin her work here in mid-July.

Welcome, Leah!


Fast Forward with PPL’s Paul Williams

June 19, 2015

ff1In MCF’s latest Fast Forward podcast, MCF President Trista Harris sits down for a wide-ranging talk with Paul Williams, president and CEO of Project for Pride in Living.

Topics they discuss include:

  • The importance of being rooted in community and using it as an asset.
  • The need for scale to make a meaningful impact.
  • Paul’s wish for philanthropy to create greater leverage with government.

Listen to the podcast now! And while you’re at it, be sure to check out other recent episodes like:

Subscribe to Fast Forward on iTunes or on the podcast player of your choice to always get the latest episodes as we publish them.


MCF Seeks Communications and Media Specialist

May 29, 2015

helpWe’re hiring! MCF is seeking an individual to join our communications team. The communications and media specialist works as a member of a team that shares responsibility for promoting philanthropy in Minnesota, connecting grantmakers with each other, engaging grantmakers with MCF programs and services and increasing MCF membership.

Currently, MCF seeks to add a person to the communications team who has demonstrated marketing capacities and is interested in a full time position. Core responsibilities in this area include developing and implementing marketing campaigns and tools to secure membership, engage participation in MCF programs and encourage adoption of emerging or best practices for grantmakers.
We also expect our new hire to be a capable communications generalist with abilities to support all of the position’s core responsibilities in these areas:
  • Editorial
  • Research and writing
  • Electronic communication
  • Media & public relations
  • Production & project management

See the full job description on our website, and help us spread the word! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with the goal of having the new hire start in mid-August.

 

Photo cc Matt Wetzler

Preparing for Civic Disasters

May 1, 2015

blacklivesMCF has worked hard to help our members be future focused. There has been great work to help foundations proactively prepare for natural disasters, so that when that tornado or flood hits, the philanthropic community already has a plan to get the community back to normal and in some cases, even better than they were before the disaster.

What we haven’t done is civic disaster preparedness. What does a community do when the trust between officers of the law and the communities they are swore to protect is breached? What do we do when our schools are failing to prepare our next generation of leaders? What do we do when our community is divided into the haves and the have-nots and that line is clearly tied to race? What do we do when our freeways are stopped by people desperate to be heard on those challenges? What do we do when our media, our schools, and our places of commerce become the public square? What do when do when our communities go up in flames (figuratively and literally) because the earlier methods of communications have gone unheard for days, weeks, years, decades, and centuries?

I believe that we need to start answering this questions now. While tensions are simmering but not yet at the full boil that we are seeing in Baltimore and around the country. If this civic disaster was treated like a tornado, sirens would have been going off in our community for the last decade. What can we do today to prepare for it and prevent it? Who do we need to hear, what institutions need to change, and how do we, as Minnesotans, need be different? I think if we start asking these questions now, we could live in a much better community tomorrow.

I want to hear your ideas and actions to help prepare for civic disasters. Leave your thoughts in the comments.

– Trista Harris, MCF President


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