November 12, 2014
The 2014 MCF Annual Conference is in the books! We’re very grateful to the hundreds of Minnesota grantmakers who joined us to discuss how we can seize new opportunities to have the most impact in the communities we serve.
If you couldn’t join us, or would just like a refresher on the learning and discussion that took place, don’t miss these great video highlights. First, a two-minute glimpse at the entire experience, start to finish:
Then watch the full keynote from Stacy Palmer, editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, on What’s Next: 10 Realities and Opportunities facing philanthropy in the coming years:
October 15, 2014
Construction at MCF’s soon-to-be new home is coming along quickly! Things are going so well that we’ve bumped up our move-in date. You’ll find us in the Tractorworks building starting on December 1. (Remember, that’s in the North Loop at 800 Washington Avenue North.)
While the construction crews do their work, we are plotting out how things will look inside. One project includes scanning a bunch of old photos and soliciting new ones from members in order to create a mosaic of Minnesota’s philanthropic community that will greet you when you come in. We can’t wait to show you the finished product!
We also have several capital project sponsorship opportunities available, that offer members the chance to help us make our space the best it can be. We’re very grateful that these are getting picked up quickly, with two still available:
- Kitchen Break Room: A place to start and continue conversations before and after programs or gather for a quick meeting or a casual meal.
- Huddle Spaces (2 available): Two cozy conversational seating areas will provide the perfect locations for staff and members to easily work together or have a private talk.
If you’re interested in a sponsorship, contact Maria Salas.
Stay tuned for future updates and the grand unveiling!
October 7, 2014
The newest episode of MCF’s Fast Forward podcast featuring big thinkers in philanthropy is up!
In this episode, Alfonso Wenker sits down with Chris Cardona of TCC Group. They kick off their discussion with the three levels of accessible philanthropy Chris has seen grantmakers employ:
- Consult stakeholders about their decisions
- Integrate these communities into the decision-making process
- Get community involvement in the initial design process
The two go on to discuss the best entry point into this culture of accessibility, getting buy-in from leadership, and why equity and inclusion are such important concepts in discussions about diversity.
Listen to the podcast now! Then subscribe on iTunes or plug the RSS feed into the program of your choice.
Grantmakers, if you like what you hear, be sure to join us October 31 for Today’s Realities | Tomorrow’s Opportunities, MCF’s annual conference. Chris Cardona is one of the several prominent local and national speakers you’ll interact with throughout the day!
August 29, 2014
Full, in-depth interviews with big thinkers in philanthropy are now available on the Fast Forward podcast! Subscribe through iTunes or plug the RSS feed into the podcast subscription software of your choosing.
- Interested in hearing from Trish Tchume of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network on the work she’s done with Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy to address power dynamics in the field? Have a listen.
- Want to hear from Phil Buchanan of the Center for Effective Philanthropy on the tools grantmakers can use to build and maintain effective practices? Now you can!
- Ready to know more about the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and its approach to disaster relief? Listen to Mark Lindberg on the foundation’s focus on lower-attention events and its belief in the power of local communities to self-organize.
Once you’re done listening, don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll get every episode as they publish! Next month you’ll hear from Mary Jane Melendez of General Mills Foundation.
August 25, 2014
In mid-December, we’re relocating the MCF offices to the TractorWorks building in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. Our new digs are on the 7th floor at 800 Washington Avenue North. We’re excited and we hope you will be too!
Last week we held our first staff meeting in the unfinished space, which gave us all a chance to look around and make heavy use of our imaginations. The space is rough right now, but by move-in day it will be very welcoming and comfortable.
Our new accommodations were designed with our members in mind. The convenient location and easy parking will make a quick stop between meetings possible, while we hope the multiple gathering spaces, drop-in offices, state-of-the-art board room and comfy furnishings will ensure that you stick around.
As construction progresses, we’ll post pictures here to keep you in the loop.
August 20, 2014
Odds are you’ve heard a lot about the need for grantmakers and nonprofit professionals to set aside the power dynamics that hold back their relationships and to come together as peers to address needs in their communities. If you’ve worried that’s just lip service to a never-changing problem, good news! Young people in the sector have taken up that call to forge deep relationships and work closely together.
Earlier this year, the Minnesota chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and the Twin Cities chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network unveiled a joint Leadership Institute. The inaugural cohort contains 24 individuals, with an even mix of those who work at nonprofits and foundations, including many MCF members (and staff!).
With a focus on accessibility (no cost to participate) and co-creation (members of the cohort lead sessions), the Institute is a unique opportunity that models best practices we want to see from the sector.
Learn more about it in the article I wrote for the summer issue of Giving Forum!
- Chris Oien, MCF digital communications specialist
August 15, 2014
That’s the question WCCO sat down to answer with MCF President Trista Harris this week.
The ALS #icebucketchallenge is everywhere right now, with thousands dumping ice water on their heads and millions raised for the ALS Association. So how much fundraising comes from social media, and does it work?
“It’s a small percentage, but it’s a growing percentage,” Trista said in the news clip, adding that she’s sure many others have also tried to create their own funny YouTube campaigns that haven’t attracted notice. “Sometimes you catch the tail of the tiger.”
When they do work, Trista said, the visibility they garner is akin to advertising. “You may hear a commercial 35 times and not do anything, but that 36th time you go, maybe I really do want to go to that place.”
Head to WCCO’s site to read and watch the story!