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What Does Tribal Land Stewardship Look Like?

Nonprofit Quarterly Steve Dubb May 1, 2022 The climate crisis is not only a product of greenhouse gas emissions… but also of an ideological shift that was imposed by colonization and capitalism to justify violation of sacred land-, water-, and airways—domination that taught Americans to speak of “resources” instead of “relatives.” – Ruth Miller, Meda

Seamless in Sumatra: Joined-up thinking benefits tigers, climate and communities

A landscape image from Sumatra, Indonesia.

Imagine a project that protects an apex predator, improves people’s lives and promotes planetary health. It may sound like the stuff of fantasy, but this is no fairy tale. It is precisely what Fauna & Flora International and our in-country partners have achieved in the Indonesian province of Jambi, deep in the heart of Sumatra.

MACP Condemns Racism and Sexism in the Atlanta Shootings

We at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) are outraged by the increased violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders since the beginning of the pandemic as well as by the recent attacks in Georgia that took eight lives, six of whom were Asian American women. We condemn all acts of racism, sexism, xenophobia, misogyny, and

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies Names New Program Director

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) has announced that Jason Cole has been promoted to Program Director, Environment. In this position, Jason will oversee the organization’s Environment domain. He will also serve as a member of the program leadership team.  Jason succeeds Alan Holt, who is retiring at the end of this year. Jason was hired

Foundation’s COVID response grants awarded locally

Schools, community programs, library systems and a work source for people with disabilities are area recipients of recent Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation grants to support towns of 10,000 or fewer in its 20-county region.

Brains And Bucks: Appalachian Women Continue Hide-Tanning Tradition

In a quiet neighborhood in southeast Ohio, Talcon Quinn and her 12-year-old apprentice Juniper Ballew have revived an age-old tradition with just three ingredients: a deer skin, some water and a handful of animal brains. They have transformed a hairy, fleshy animal skin into buckskin, a buttery soft material stronger than fabric.

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies Response to COVID-19

A building sign during the COVID-19 pandemic that reads Standing Together in Solidarity Six Feet Apart

UPDATED JULY 23, 2020 With the global spread of COVID-19, we find ourselves in extraordinary and uncertain times. We have a brand promise at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) – Engage. Build Trust. Make a Difference. While we strive to live these words with each other and our partners every day at MACP, these unprecedented

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies names new Program Director

The front entrance to Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies headquarters

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) has announced that Alicia Fitzpatrick has joined the organization as Program Director, Animal Welfare and Quality of Life. In this position, Alicia will oversee the organization’s Animal Welfare domain and the International Health program within the Quality of Life domain. She will also serve as a member of the program

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies names new Audit Committee member

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) announced that Lisa Hauser was recently appointed to the Audit Committees for Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation, both of which operate under the umbrella of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. Lisa brings more than 30 years of experience to the Audit Committees. Most recently, she served as senior

First Nations Announces Commitment to Continue Ecological Stewardship Work

First Nations Development Institute has announced plans to continue its ongoing work to catalyze Tribal initiatives in the Northern Great Plains to steward Tribal grassland regions and other natural resources in keeping with cultural traditions, while contributing to tribal economic and community development.

Lutheran World Relief responds to persistent drought in El Salvador and Honduras

Lutheran World Relief is responding to a crisis triggered by persistent drought conditions in the dry corridor of El Salvador and Honduras that has caused major crop losses, increased malnutrition and has been a key driver of migration from the region. Prolonged drought combined with torrential rainstorms have destroyed more than half the corn and

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies names new Program Operations Director

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) announced that Ify Mora has joined the organization as Director, Program Operations. In this new position, Ify will work to support and enhance the grantmaking process, tools, and operations at MACP. Ify previously was Director of Operations at the Barr Foundation. She joined Barr as an Associated Grantmakers Diversity Fellow

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies names new Program Director, Quality of Life

  Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) has announced that Erin Bowley has been promoted to Program Director, Quality of Life. In this position, Erin will support the development of grantmaking portfolios in support of children, youth, families, and older adults, as well as managing the Quality of Life program team. Erin joined Margaret A. Cargill

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies names new Program Director, Arts & Cultures

  Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) has announced that Jayson Smart will join the organization in early April 2018 as Program Director, Arts & Cultures. In this position, Jayson will oversee the organization’s Arts & Cultures team, which includes grantmaking in Native Arts & Cultures, Folk Arts & Cultures, and Music Education. Jayson spent the

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies names three new Investment Committee members

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) announced that three new members have joined its Investment Committees. Vineer Bhansali, Mary Ann Deignan, and Jacob Walthour were recently appointed to the Investment Committees for Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation, both of which operate under the umbrella of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. Vineer Bhansali is Founder

Tami Ehlers Named New Controller and Director, Investment Accounting at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) announced that Tami Ehlers has been promoted to Controller and Director, Investment Accounting. In this new Role, Tami will be responsible for directing core accounting activities including financial reporting, transaction processing, and systems of internal controls while continuing to manage the organization’s investment accounting operations. Tami joined MACP in 2013

Mike Ruetz named Deputy Chief Investment Officer at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies [MACP] announced that Michael Ruetz has been promoted to Deputy Chief Investment Officer. In addition to his expanded role working with the Chief Investment Officer, Mike will continue to manage the Risk Management and Asset Allocation team. Mike joined the Philanthropies in 2012 as Investment Director, Risk Management and Asset Allocation.

Heather Kukla named Vice President at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies [MACP] announced today that Heather Kukla has been promoted to Vice President and General Counsel. Heather’s expanded role will include Board planning and coordination, as well as certain operational responsibilities previously held by Paul Busch, who was promoted to President & CEO effective July 1, 2017. Heather joined MACP in 2009

Amber Rudell named Strategic Planning Director at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies [MACP] announced that Amber Rudell has been promoted to Director, Strategic Planning and Project Management. In this new role, Amber will provide thought leadership on all aspects of the organizational strategy process and lead project management efforts for organization-wide, strategic initiatives. Amber joined MACP in 2013 as Project Manager for Strategic

Elizabeth Sullivan named Managing Program Director at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies [MACP] announced that Elizabeth Sullivan has been promoted to Managing Program Director. In this position, Elizabeth will oversee grantmaking in the organization’s Quality of Life domain, along with continuing her oversight of MACP’s Operations function. Elizabeth joined MACP in 2013 as Director of Operations and Directed Giving. In her expanded role,

Matthew Minnis named Trading and Investment Operations Director at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies announced that Matthew Minnis has been promoted to Director, Trading and Investment Operations. In this role, Matt will have primary responsibility for all trading execution, investment operations, and operational due diligence for MACP. In addition to these expanded responsibilities, he will continue supporting the investment team on key strategic initiatives. Shawn

FAHC to launch Finnish American folk school

HANCOCK, Mich. (WLUC) – “Although our region maintains a strong ethnic pride in its Finnish roots, the loss of language and traditional arts and crafts has left many among our residents very little onto which they can attach their ethnic identity,” Finnish American Heritage Center Director Jim Kurtti said.