He attends Foundation events to learn more about new and different organizations recognized by The Minneapolis Foundation’s staff as needing support.
“I will go to every one of those when I’m in town,” McFarland said of the presentations.
He also relies on the Foundation’s research capabilities and extensive record keeping.
“At any time during the year, I can get a list of all of our charitable contributions by date, by amount of money, and they can go back five years,” McFarland said. “So, if we have any questions about how much support we have given, I’ve got it in one place.”
Overall, McFarland’s longstanding commitment to the Minneapolis community is one that he hopes other donors will derive value and inspiration from.
“The best thing I have ever done – I’m sure of it – was to open a donor advised fund at The Minneapolis Foundation,” McFarland said. “It has had a huge impact on us, our lives and our kids.”