Join me in welcoming these board members and officers to the leadership helm of the Minnesota Council on Foundations (MCF), a regional association of grantmakers whose members represent three-quarters of all grantmaking in the state, awarding more than $900 million to nonprofits annually.
Officers elected for 2011: Karen Kelley-Ariwoola, vice president, Community Philanthropy, The Minneapolis Foundation, was elected chair; Kate Wolford, president, The McKnight Foundation, was elected vice chair; George Thompson, trustee, Minnesota Community Foundation and The Saint Paul Foundation, was elected secretary; Nancy Nelson, vice president and chief actuary, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, was elected treasurer.
New directors elected to three-year terms ending in 2013 are: Kim Embretson, vice president – fund development, West Central Initiative; and Kayla Yang-Best, director, Cargill Foundation and Cargill Inc. Jim Hoolihan, president/CEO, Blandin Foundation, was elected to fill a one-year vacancy in the class of 2011.
Directors elected to second three-year terms ending in 2013 are: Nelson; Sherry Ristau, president/CEO, Southwest Initiative Foundation; Carolyn Roby, vice president, Wells Fargo Foundation Minnesota; Thompson; and Wolford.
The Minnesota Council on Foundations, founded in 1969, works actively to strengthen and expand philanthropy. Members include family and private independent foundations, community and other public foundations, and corporate foundations and giving programs.
- Chris Murakami Noonan, MCF communications associate