Make Your Nominations for the National Philanthropy Day Awards

April 1, 2015

npdThe Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is seeking nominations for the annual National Philanthropy Day awards. Minnesotans who make a difference as leaders, nonprofit professionals, philanthropists and volunteers will be recognized at the National Philanthropy Day luncheon at 11:30 am on November 20, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in St. Paul (soon-to-be named the InterContinental Hotel).

AFP Minnesota recognizes outstanding achievements with these awards:

  • Outstanding Youth Award
  • Outstanding Individual Philanthropist
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
  • Outstanding Professional Fundraiser
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Organization
  • Outstanding Legacy

Download the award nomination packet and have a look at past winners on AFP Minnesota’s website.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2015. Send in your picks and spread the word!


Applications Open for 2015-2016 Humphrey Policy Fellows Program

March 30, 2015

hhhThe Humphrey School of Public Affairs has opened applications for the 2015-2016 Policy Fellows program, one of the country’s most respected leadership programs for emerging and mid-career professionals.

Fellows will connect with a cohort of 35 people across the work and political spectrum who will broaden each others’ perspectives and expand their networks as they engage in a high-level professional experience. They gain practical skills and experiences to take their career and civic work to the next level.

The Policy Fellows meet once per month between September and June to explore fundamental aspects of leadership, and travel to Washington, D.C. for a multi-day trip with prominent elected officials and national public affairs leaders. Fellows represent business, nonprofit, and public sectors across the state of Minnesota.

Applications are due June 1, 2015, with candidates notified of their status by mid-July. Scholarships are available; those specifically for nonprofit sector participants are made possible by generous gifts from the George Family Foundation and the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota. Applicants from Greater Minnesota are encouraged to apply, and are eligible for lodging assistance.

Learn more on the Humphrey School’s website. Good luck to those applying!



Annual Grantmaker Rankings Released

March 24, 2015

numbersMCF today released its annual rankings of the top grantmakers in Minnesota based on cash grants paid in 2013.

The top five Minnesota grantmakers by grants paid in 2013 were:

  • Target Foundation and Corporation ($148.6 million);
  • General Mills Foundation and Corporation ($105.7 million);
  • The McKnight Foundation ($86.4 million);
  • The Saint Paul Foundation and Minnesota Community Foundation ($65.6 million); and
  • Cargill and The Cargill Foundation ($59.6 million).

This is the third consecutive year that these five organizations are Minnesota’s top grantmakers.

Of the 50 top grantmakers by grants paid in 2013, 47 also appeared on the 2012 list. Cash giving by the top 50 grantmakers totaled more than $1.2 billion.

Grant Dollars Distributed Beyond Minnesota
Almost 60 percent of the cash giving by the top 50 grantmakers was designated to organizations based outside of Minnesota.

Corporations Give More than Cash
In order to ensure that grantmakers are compared consistently, in-kind and other noncash contributions are not included in the rankings, but MCF invites large corporate grantmakers to self-report information about noncash contributions.

MCF’s 2013 annual rankings are based on the amount of cash grants paid by funders during fiscal years ending June 1, 2013, through May 31, 2014.

The annual rankings lists include:

The complete Minnesota Annual Grantmaker Rankings and the methodology used to complete them can be found at www.mcf.org/research/rankings.

More Charitable Giving Research Online
Late last year, MCF released its Giving in Minnesota, 2014 Edition research, which is a comprehensive analysis of annual giving trends by Minnesota foundations and corporations between June 1, 2012, and May 31, 2013. See www.mcf.org/research/giving for information about grantmaking to specific subject areas, geographies, beneficiaries and more.

– Susan Stehling, communications associate

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Trista Harris Selected as 2015 Bush Fellow

March 17, 2015

2015bushfellowsMCF President Trista Harris has been awarded a 2015 Bush Fellowship!

Bush Fellows receive up to $100,000 over 12-24 months to pursue learning experiences that help them develop leadership skills. Trista will use her fellowship to advance her work examining how the tools of futurism can be used to strengthen the field of philanthropy.

Trista will continue to serve full-time as MCF President, and she will leverage the insights she will gain from her Bush Fellowship to better serve the field.

Trista joins 22 others awarded a fellowship this year. Get an introduction to the whole cohort in this short video put together by the Bush Foundation:

Learn more on Bush’s website, and learn a bit more about the work Trista will be doing in this Pioneer Press article.

Big congratulations to Trista and to all of the 2015 Bush Fellows!




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