Elizabeth Sullivan announces her retirement as Managing Program Director at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Elizabeth Sullivan, Managing Program Director at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP), has announced plans to retire in September 2023. In her ten years with the Philanthropies, Elizabeth has been instrumental in development and implementation of MACP’s Quality of Life grantmaking, including early strategy for the organization’s International Health, Aging, and Family Stability funding, as well

Meeting this Moment: Rural Boost Grants ignite rural doers to action

October 3, 2022 Blandin Foundation Blog: Groundwork Alie McInerney Rural Minnesota communities are experiencing change at breakneck speed. The pandemic accelerated the way rural learners, workers and employers are using technology. Aging communities are managing workforce transitions, wealth transfers and housing and healthcare strains. The urgency of the climate crisis is destabilizing economies built on

Kurian Thomas joins Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies as Vice President, Programs

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) announced that Kurian Thomas will join the organization as Vice President, Programs, effective August 15. In this position, Kurian will lead the organization’s programs team to ensure MACP strategies, grantmaking, and evaluative practices align with the organization’s mission, Philosophy of Grantmaking, and commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice. Kurian

Minnesota Nonprofits Launch Minnesota Inclusive Growth Fund

Small businesses can apply now for loans, access resources to help recovery MINNEAPOLIS – Mar. 3, 2022 – Minnesota small businesses can now apply for low interest financing of up to $200,000 from the Minnesota Inclusive Growth Fund (MIGF). The Fund is designed to increase access to flexible and affordable capital and small business support services for

Jeannine Balfour Joins Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies as Program Director

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) announced that Jeannine Balfour has joined the organization as Program Director, Legacy Programs. In this position, Jeannine will lead MACP’s grantmaking work with eight Southern California organizations, along with one of its long-time grantee partners, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). She will also serve on the Program Leadership Team. Jeannine (she/her/hers)

Terri Thao Joins Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies as Program Director

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) announced that Terri Thao has joined the organization as Program Director, Local Initiatives and Opportunities. In this position, Terri will lead MACP’s local giving efforts, support other targeted grant portfolios, and work across domains with several long-term MACP grantee partners. She will also serve on the Program Leadership Team. Terri

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies Promotes Judi Petkau to Program Director

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) announced that Judi Petkau has been promoted to Program Director, Teachers. In this position, Judi will lead development of grantmaking portfolios in support of recruitment, training, and retention efforts of teachers, as well as managing the Teachers domain team at MACP. Judi joined MACP in April 2012 as a program

The Derek Chauvin Verdict

The world watched as the jury found Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd. We appreciate the significance of this verdict, and yet know this is a small step in addressing the systemic racism and discrimination that persists in our country. The verdict does not bring back George Floyd, or

Equity Focused Learning Process – Request for Proposals

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) seeks to engage a consultant or a consultant team to help its Program team create and execute a learning framework designed to develop stronger awareness of biases and deepen our understanding of structures and systems that perpetuate racism and social inequity. We see this focus on learning as a critical

Supporting our community in the face of COVID-19 and racial injustice

Banners in a North Minneapolis neighborhood

As mentioned in our past statements, MACP has supported our grantees and local community with flexibility and additional funding as they faced the immediate effects of the pandemic, and we have increased funding in our local community to address issues of racism and inequity in Minnesota. Since then, we have continued to work through our

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies announces new Program Advisor role

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) announced that Dr. Kathleen Annette was recently appointed as Program Advisor to the boards of directors for Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation, both of which operate under the umbrella of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies. The newly created Program Advisor role will provide insights into board planning and

Our response and commitment following the death of George Floyd 

The senseless killing of George Floyd is evidence of the underlying inequities and racism that continue to exist in our community and our country more broadly. The events that followed have highlighted the deep pain and anger within our community. The many demonstrations of solidarity, peaceful protests, and outpourings of support for the impacted communities were

MACP moves to remote workplace in response to COVID-19

The front entrance to Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies headquarters

UPDATED October 21, 2020 — The team at Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) has been closely monitoring the ongoing developments related to COVID-19, and we are committed to the safety and wellbeing of our staff, partners, and communities in which we work. In our efforts to support global efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,

Black Grant Directors’ Roundtable: Lessons from a career in philanthropy

Five grants management leaders offer on-the-ground testimony to the challenges of Black professionals in the sector – from the complexities of practicing DEI to the ways race has affected perceptions of their leadership, to the realities of code-switching your way through the white-dominant workplace.