Our Mission

To provide meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, and the environment.

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ABOUT

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) supports efforts to enhance quality of life and prevent and relieve suffering of children, families, and seniors; preserve and promote the environment and the arts; and encourage the humane treatment of animals.

Founded by the late Margaret A. Cargill, MACP actively partners with capable organizations to make a lasting difference for individuals and communities, with particular attention to overlooked causes. MACP’s combined assets (Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation) place us among the top ten foundations in the United States.

MACP develops and implements integrated grantmaking strategies across seven programmatic areas we call domains: Arts & Cultures, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Environment, Animal Welfare, Quality of Life, Teachers, and Legacy & Opportunity.

Our grantmaking approach is rooted in direction from our founder and reflects our Philosophy of Grantmaking.

Grant proposals are by invitation only, and we do not consider unsolicited requests for support.

OUR APPROACH

Within our domains, our program strategies are anchored in compelling issues where we want to make a meaningful, measurable, and sustainable difference in a defined period of time.

We limit the number of issues we choose to address, set clear goals for the difference we wish to make on each one, and allocate our resources accordingly. We pay special attention to underserved or low-attention areas and causes, and we favor community-based, on-the-ground programs rather than policy initiatives or endowments.

We continually hone strategies within our domains, investing in evaluation efforts and making substantial learning grants to inform decision-making and program development.

Core to our approach is strengthening the effectiveness and capacity of our key grantee partners by investing in their leadership, management, and operational capabilities.

We believe the best way to make a lasting difference on issues we care about is by investing in long-term relationships with key grantees, strengthening our combined abilities to make a meaningful difference in the world. Because of this, we look to our key grantees as partners, and they help us shape what we do. We work with these partners to find solutions that are consistent with the objectives and values of both our organization and theirs.

Philosophy of Grantmaking

Our grantmaking reflects our values and Margaret Cargill’s guiding principles and is always directed toward our mission and core purposes.

We expect our grantmaking across all three grantmaking entities to have these characteristics:

  • We lead with our values, internally and externally.
  • We partner with capable organizations that have demonstrated their ability to work successfully in our interest areas and in a manner consistent with our values. We look to our grantees as partners and co-learners.
  • We provide meaningful support to strategic grantees.
  • We support work in and with communities toward sustainable solutions.
  • We pay special attention to underserved or low-attention areas, populations, or issues.
  • We value and affirm the integration of all functions of the Philanthropies in our grantmaking.
  • We make measurable impact on focused goals.
  • We evaluate our work, reshape our approaches as we learn, share and apply our learning to future grantmaking.

All this we do, not to bring recognition to ourselves, but to support our grantees in the work they do to provide meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, and the environment, in a manner consistent with our founder’s wishes and intent. Done well, this will distinguish us.

Our Grantmaking Entities

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation (MACF) is a private foundation that came into existence upon Ms. Cargill’s death in August 2006. In 2016, MACF’s assets were approximately $2.8 billion.

Anne Ray Foundation (ARF) is a supporting organization, which may make grants only to beneficiary organizations specifically named by Ms. Cargill. In 2016, ARF’s assets were approximately $3.9 billion.

Our Reach

In 2015, our national and international grantmaking efforts consisted of nearly 500 grants, totaling more than $230 million.

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Our History

Our History

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Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) is the umbrella over the grantmaking entities funded by the late Margaret Cargill.

Ms. Cargill was a woman of warmth and modesty who used her wealth to support organizations doing work she valued. During her lifetime she made significant, but usually anonymous, donations to organizations globally, nationally, and in Southern California, where she lived most of her adult life.

MACP began with the formation of Akaloa Resource Foundation in 1995. The name Akaloa was selected to preserve our founder’s anonymity and direct attention toward grantees’ good work. That approach remains central to our cultural values today.

Our philanthropic mission began with separate entities, each with distinct grantmaking criteria, but Margaret always envisioned her philanthropy as a whole and she approached her giving with a single philosophy. More than twenty years later, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies has made her vision a reality with more than $1 billion in cumulative grantmaking.

Our History

1995

Akaloa Resource Foundation formed; first grant to Mingei International Museum in San Diego, Calif.

MACP History 1995

Our History

1996

Anne Ray Charitable Trust formed; first grant to American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minn.

MACP History 1996

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2006

Founder Margaret A. Cargill passes away; Margaret A. Cargill Foundation formed

MACP History 2006

Our History

2009

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation launches an ambitious restricted grant program to better inform its grantmaking process.

MACP History 2009

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2011

MACP begins increasing the size and scale of our grantmaking

MACP History 2011

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2014

MACP reaches estimated level of annual grantmaking

MACP History 2014

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2015

MACP celebrates $1 billion in total, cumulative grantmaking

MACP History 2015

Our History

2016

MACP announces integrated grantmaking strategy and approach across our grantmaking entities

MACP History 2016

Our History

2016

MACP completes expansion of our Eden Prairie headquarters

MACP History 2016
Our Home

Our Home

A home that reflects our mission

With one of our key philanthropic priorities centered on the environment, we saw our headquarters as a chance to lead by example. In spring 2016, we completed a major building expansion. Through sustainable design practices we tripled our building’s size while reducing its environmental impact.

Our Home
Our Home

A sustainable model

Our building is among the greenest in the country, using 95% reused or recycled materials and designed to the platinum LEED standard for energy conservation and sustainability.

Our Home
Our Home

Recycling our water

The project includes Minnesota’s first greywater drip irrigation system and 19 water storage tanks, which store 55,000 gallons of rainwater to sustain the native plantings, vegetable gardens, and orchards on our property.

Our Home
Our Home

Here comes the sun

Our rooftop photovoltaic and solar thermal panels will provide 15% of the electricity to operate our facility and 70% of the energy to heat our water.

Our Home

Harnessing geothermal energy

The building has an extensive geothermal system that uses the earth’s constant underground temperature for heating and cooling the building. This innovative system is estimated to reduce energy costs by 60-70%.

Our Home

Preserving our backyard

With a protected wetland adjoining our property, and regional parks nearby, we designed our landscaping with water quality in mind. An extensive rain garden, native plantings, and permeable pavers will help ensure effective water management in these sensitive natural areas.

MACP LEADERSHIP

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Christine M. Morse

CEO Emeritus and Board Chair

Christine M. Morse is CEO Emeritus and Board Chair of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP), which is composed of two grantmaking organizations: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation. Christy has been Board Chair since 2006, and she served as the Philanthropies first Chief Executive Officer until announcing her retirement from the CEO role, effective July 2017.

Christy will continue as Board Chair after her CEO Emeritus role concludes on January 31, 2018.

The Philanthropies carry on Ms. Cargill’s legacy by supporting areas she cared passionately about, with grantmaking across seven domains: Environment, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Arts & Cultures, Animal Welfare, Quality of Life, Teachers, and Legacy & Opportunity. The two entities have combined assets of approximately $6.7 billion, and in 2016 awarded nearly 220 grants totaling $240 million. In December 2015, the Philanthropies achieved a milestone when it marked $1 billion in cumulative grantmaking across the organization’s 20-year history.

Christy was a close friend of Ms. Cargill’s for 15 years. She was instrumental in helping Ms. Cargill realize her personal, financial, and charitable goals. At the Philanthropies, Christy leads each board in developing organization strategies, evaluating funding priorities, and assessing program effectiveness. A hallmark of Christy’s leadership is building highly collaborative relationships internally and with partners and grantees.

Christy’s 30 years of management and financial experience includes more than 15 years as a vice president and controller at Waycrosse Inc., a financial advisory firm for family owners of Cargill Inc. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Gustavus Adolphus College, where she has served on the Business Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees, and in 2016, the College honored Christy with its Distinguished Alumni Citation.

Paul G. Busch

President & CEO and Director

Paul G. Busch has served as President of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies since 2011, and board member for the organization’s grantmaking entities since 2006. He was named President & CEO on July 1, 2017, when Christine Morse retired from her CEO role.

As President, Paul has been responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Philanthropies, including grantmaking. As a board member, he has participated in strategic planning and grant approval to ensure the philanthropic goals of MACP’s benefactor, Margaret Cargill, are fulfilled

Paul has overseen the ramp up of the Philanthropies’ program areas, as well as the build out of its organizational infrastructure. During this time, MACP has grown from a staff of 4 in 2008, to more than 90 employees today.

Paul brought more than 25 years of experience in public accounting when he joined the Philanthropies, including six years as a senior tax partner at Deloitte Tax LLP, where he was responsible for overseeing the Minneapolis Lead Tax Services (Federal Tax) practice. Prior to his time at Deloitte, Paul spent nearly 20 years as a tax adviser at Arthur Andersen.

Paul was Ms. Cargill’s tax adviser, and he met with her on several occasions specifically to discuss her philanthropic goals. In that regard, Paul helped document her charitable goals, values, and guiding principles, which were approved by Ms. Cargill during her lifetime and continue to drive the mission of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.

Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Dakota and his Juris Doctor from the UND School of Law. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and American Bar Association, and an inactive member of the Minnesota State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

 

Terrence R. Meersman

Vice President, Programs

Terrence R. Meersman is Vice President, Programs for Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. In that role, he oversees all aspects of grantmaking, including strategy development, across the seven domains in which the Philanthropies makes grants.

Before joining the Philanthropies, Terry served as Executive Director and later as Vice Chair of Seattle-based Talaris Research Institute. From 1998 to 2001, Terry helped establish the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, serving as the first Director of Finance and Administration and then as Senior Program Officer. He later served as Executive Vice President and Director of Programs for the launch of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust in Arizona.

Earlier in his career, Terry spent ten years at Save the Children, initially as Director of Refugee Programs and later as Executive Vice President and on the Board of Directors. He also held leadership roles with the Seattle City Council and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Terry earned his masters of business administration from the Yale University School of Organization and Management, and his masters in humanities from the University of Chicago.

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Christine M. Morse

CEO Emeritus and Board Chair

Christine M. Morse

CEO Emeritus and Board Chair

Christine M. Morse is CEO Emeritus and Board Chair of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP), which is composed of two grantmaking organizations: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation. Christy has been Board Chair since 2006, and she served as the Philanthropies first Chief Executive Officer until announcing her retirement from the CEO role, effective July 2017.

Christy will continue as Board Chair after her CEO Emeritus role concludes on January 31, 2018.

The Philanthropies carry on Ms. Cargill’s legacy by supporting areas she cared passionately about, with grantmaking across seven domains: Environment, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Arts & Cultures, Animal Welfare, Quality of Life, Teachers, and Legacy & Opportunity. The two entities have combined assets of approximately $6.7 billion, and in 2016 awarded nearly 220 grants totaling $240 million. In December 2015, the Philanthropies achieved a milestone when it marked $1 billion in cumulative grantmaking across the organization’s 20-year history.

Christy was a close friend of Ms. Cargill’s for 15 years. She was instrumental in helping Ms. Cargill realize her personal, financial, and charitable goals. At the Philanthropies, Christy leads each board in developing organization strategies, evaluating funding priorities, and assessing program effectiveness. A hallmark of Christy’s leadership is building highly collaborative relationships internally and with partners and grantees.

Christy’s 30 years of management and financial experience includes more than 15 years as a vice president and controller at Waycrosse Inc., a financial advisory firm for family owners of Cargill Inc. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Gustavus Adolphus College, where she has served on the Business Advisory Council and the Board of Trustees, and in 2016, the College honored Christy with its Distinguished Alumni Citation.

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Paul G. Busch

President & CEO and Director

Paul G. Busch

President & CEO and Director

Paul G. Busch has served as President of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies since 2011, and board member for the organization’s grantmaking entities since 2006. He was named President & CEO on July 1, 2017, when Christine Morse retired from her CEO role.

As President, Paul has been responsible for all day-to-day operations of the Philanthropies, including grantmaking. As a board member, he has participated in strategic planning and grant approval to ensure the philanthropic goals of MACP’s benefactor, Margaret Cargill, are fulfilled

Paul has overseen the ramp up of the Philanthropies’ program areas, as well as the build out of its organizational infrastructure. During this time, MACP has grown from a staff of 4 in 2008, to more than 90 employees today.

Paul brought more than 25 years of experience in public accounting when he joined the Philanthropies, including six years as a senior tax partner at Deloitte Tax LLP, where he was responsible for overseeing the Minneapolis Lead Tax Services (Federal Tax) practice. Prior to his time at Deloitte, Paul spent nearly 20 years as a tax adviser at Arthur Andersen.

Paul was Ms. Cargill’s tax adviser, and he met with her on several occasions specifically to discuss her philanthropic goals. In that regard, Paul helped document her charitable goals, values, and guiding principles, which were approved by Ms. Cargill during her lifetime and continue to drive the mission of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies.

Paul earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of North Dakota and his Juris Doctor from the UND School of Law. He is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and American Bar Association, and an inactive member of the Minnesota State Society of Certified Public Accountants.

 

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Terrence R. Meersman

Vice President, Programs

Terrence R. Meersman

Vice President, Programs

Terrence R. Meersman is Vice President, Programs for Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. In that role, he oversees all aspects of grantmaking, including strategy development, across the seven domains in which the Philanthropies makes grants.

Before joining the Philanthropies, Terry served as Executive Director and later as Vice Chair of Seattle-based Talaris Research Institute. From 1998 to 2001, Terry helped establish the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, serving as the first Director of Finance and Administration and then as Senior Program Officer. He later served as Executive Vice President and Director of Programs for the launch of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust in Arizona.

Earlier in his career, Terry spent ten years at Save the Children, initially as Director of Refugee Programs and later as Executive Vice President and on the Board of Directors. He also held leadership roles with the Seattle City Council and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Terry earned his masters of business administration from the Yale University School of Organization and Management, and his masters in humanities from the University of Chicago.

  • NAOMI HORSAGER

    Chief Financial Officer
  • SHAWN WISCHMEIER

    Chief Investment Officer
  • ROBYN HOLLINGSHEAD

    Managing Program Director
  • ELIZABETH SULLIVAN

    Managing Program Director
  • TED CHEN

    Director, Evaluation and Organizational Learning
  • LEEANNE HUBER

    Director, Communications
  • NAOMI HORSAGER

    Chief Financial Officer
  • HEATHER KUKLA

    General Counsel
  • SHAWN WISCHMEIER

    Chief Investment Officer
  • HEATHER KUKLA

    General Counsel
  • MARK SANDERSON

    Managing Program Director
  • KIM CHRISTIANSON

    Director, Human Resources and Administration
  • AMBER RUDELL

    Director, Strategic Planning and Project Management
  • ROBYN HOLLINGSHEAD

    Managing Program Director
  • MARK SANDERSON

    Managing Program Director
  • ELIZABETH SULLIVAN

    Managing Program Director
  • TED CHEN

    Director, Evaluation and Organizational Learning
  • KIM CHRISTIANSON

    Director, Human Resources and Administration
  • LEEANNE HUBER

    Director, Communications
  • AMBER RUDELL

    Director, Strategic Planning and Project Management