Margaret A. Cargill Foundation
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) supports efforts to enhance quality of life and prevent and relieve suffering of children, families, and seniors; preserve and promote the environment and the arts; and encourage the humane treatment of animals.
Founded by the late Margaret A. Cargill, MACP actively partners with capable organizations to make a lasting difference for individuals and communities, with particular attention to overlooked causes. MACP’s combined assets (Margaret A. Cargill Foundation and Anne Ray Foundation) place us among the top ten foundations in the United States.
MACP develops and implements integrated grantmaking strategies across seven programmatic areas they call domains: Arts & Cultures, Disaster Relief & Recovery, Environment, Animal Welfare, Quality of Life, Teachers, and Legacy & Opportunity.
Within their domains, their program strategies are anchored in compelling issues where they want to make a meaningful, measurable, and sustainable difference in a defined period of time.
They limit the number of issues they choose to address, set clear goals for the difference they wish to make on each one, and allocate their resources accordingly. They pay special attention to underserved or low-attention areas and causes, and they favor community-based, on-the-ground programs rather than policy initiatives or endowments.
They continually hone strategies within their domains, investing in evaluation efforts and making substantial learning grants to inform decision-making and program development.
Core to their approach is strengthening the effectiveness and capacity of their key grantee partners by investing in their leadership, management, and operational capabilities.
They believe the best way to make a lasting difference on issues they care about is by investing in long-term relationships with key grantees, strengthening their combined abilities to make a meaningful difference in the world. Because of this, they look to their key grantees as partners, and they help us shape what they do. They work with these partners to find solutions that are consistent with the objectives and values of both their organization and theirs.
Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP) is the umbrella over the grantmaking entities funded by the late Margaret Cargill..
Ms. Cargill was a woman of warmth and modesty who used her wealth to support organizations doing work she valued. During her lifetime she made significant, but usually anonymous, donations to organizations globally, nationally, and in Southern California, where she lived most of her adult life.
MACP began with the formation of Akaloa Resource Foundation in 1995. The name Akaloa was selected to preserve their founder’s anonymity and direct attention toward grantees’ good work. That approach remains central to their cultural values today.
Their philanthropic mission began with separate entities, each with distinct grantmaking criteria, but Margaret always envisioned her philanthropy as a whole and she approached her giving with a single philosophy. More than twenty years later, Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies has made her vision a reality with more than $1 billion in cumulative grantmaking.