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


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

As the Ron McKinley Philanthropy Fellowship approaches five years of diversifying the field of philanthropy here in Minnesota, the Minnesota Council on Foundations is taking time this Fall to take stock of what has been accomplished and what’s next for the program. There will be no selection process in Fall 2017 as MCF works with current fellows, alums, host foundations and members to envision the future.

If you have any questions about the Fellowship, contact Leah Lundquist 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.