Eden Prarie, MN

Program Associate- Local Initiatives & Opportunities, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP)

The Organization

Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) is the umbrella over the grantmaking foundations created by the late Margaret Cargill: Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation. MACP provides meaningful support through long-term relationships with strategic grantee partners across seven program domains: Environment, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Arts & Cultures, Teachers, Animal Welfare, Quality of Life, and Legacy & Opportunity. The collective assets of MACP place it among the 10 largest philanthropies in the United States.

The two foundations have separate boards and investment portfolios but share a common mission of providing meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts, and the environment.

  • Margaret A. Cargill Foundation is a private foundation that came into existence upon Ms. Cargill’s death in August 2006. At year-end 2021, MACP’s assets are  approximately $3.7 billion.
  • Anne Ray Foundation is a supporting organization, which may make grants only to beneficiary organizations specifically named by Ms. Cargill. Year-end 2021, ARF’s assets are approximately $5.3 billion.

To learn more, please visit MACP’s  Philosophy of Grantmaking.

Position Overview

The Local Initiatives and Opportunities program provides flexible, responsive funds for one-time support primarily to 1) local or regional organizations in Minnesota and 2) to a specific set of designated grantees that are aligned with MACP’s core interests and program priorities. The Program Associate will support the local initiatives team with our administrative and systems needs in building out our grant portfolio and deepening organizational, institutional, and community relationships.

MACP is seeking candidates who share the organization’s values and commitment to join our team as a full-time Program Associate, Local Initiatives and Opportunities.

We are looking for a….

Project Support. Effectively uses the company’s systematic approach to planning, organizing, directing, supervising and accomplishing the goals of a project(s) requirements and activities to meet objectives. Includes balancing the task requirements within the constraints of schedules and budgets.

Attention to detail. Directs attention to the task at hand in order to avoid making mistakes. Prepares and carefully reviews figures, computations, reports, etc., to identify any errors or problems; ensures consistency and that information can be understood by all who read it. Shows concern for all aspects of the job no matter how small.

Program Administrator. Understands, supports, and adopts recommended process improvements with MACP’S grantees.

Research Evaluator. Assist with research of potential grantees to ensure they meet MACP’s criteria to receive one-time support for their initiatives that align with MACP’s core interest and program priorities.

Relationship Builder. Develops and maintains effective working relationships with team members, internal partners, customers and others through the use of strong interpersonal skills. Obtains cooperation from others; seeks and encourages win-win alternatives. Works effectively with people outside formal authority to accomplish goals.

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