Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship

Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship

The Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship prepares high-potential individuals from communities underrepresented in leadership positions in philanthropy for careers in the field. The Fellowship's immediate focus is on increasing racial diversity. 

Fellows are employed by the Minnesota Council on Foundations and placed at participating foundations for three years. Over the course of a three-year appointment, Fellows receive significant professional development and networking opportunities.

The Fellowship is about more than changing the face of leadership in philanthropy; it’s about infusing new ideas and viewpoints into the field.

Meet the Ron McKinley Fellows


2015 Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow Aya Johnson. (photo by Ana Min)


2015 Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellow Avi Viswanathan. (photo by Ana Min)


2014 Ron McKinley Fellows Dameun Strange, Venessa Fuentes, Coya H. White Hat-Artichoker and Carly Bad Heart Bull.

We seek high-potential leaders with at least five years of professional experience who will push themselves and the Bush Foundation to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in the region we serve – Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

How to apply
McKinley Fellowship Info

Applications for the 2016 Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowships are now closed.

If you have any questions about the Fellowship, contact Alfonso Wenker at the Minnesota Council on Foundations.  Questions about the Bush Foundation’s experience and goals with the Fellowship can be directed to Stephanie Andrews of the Bush Foundation. 

About Ron McKinley

This Fellowship is dedicated to Ron McKinley, a longtime member of the philanthropic and nonprofit communities. He was a mentor to many and an advocate who embodied justice and equity. He worked tirelessly throughout his career to ensure that all those underrepresented in these communities had equal access to the opportunities and the resources necessary to fully participate and be heard.