Who We Are

The Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations


The Minnesota Foundation for Student Organizations (MFSO) is the collective umbrella co-curricular Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSO) reside under in Minnesota. The MFSO was created in 1996 by the Minnesota State Legislature to ensure the stability of, provide collaborative leadership to, and bridge the public and private funding of Minnesota CTSOs.

The MFSO is an independent state agency whose primary purpose is to support co curricular career and technical student organizations. The agency is governed by a 23 member Board of Directors, half of which are appointed by the Minnesota State Governor and half which serve as representatives to the Student Organizations. The Board of Directors is also designed to represent the following career areas: Agriculture, Business, Technology and Industrial, Marketing, Service Occupations, Family and Consumer Sciences and Health Occupations.

The MFSO acts in an advisory capacity to the MDE and to the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities in allocating, managing and reporting on legislative funds awarded to the CTSOs for basic operations. In addition, the MFSO provides assistance to the Career and Technical Student Organizations it serves in the following areas: Leadership Training, Conference Support, Board Development and Special Projects.

Current Initiatives of the MFSO

Providing Opportunity

The MFSO is seeking to ensure all students have the ability to join AND actively participate in the leadership opportunities within career and technical student organizations; paying specific attention to barriers encounters by underserved and nontraditional populations, including socio-economic status and minority status. The MFSO is working with the CTSOs to ensure where there is a program of study, there is a CTSO; and where there is a CTSO there is opportunity for meaningful participation.

Board Training

Over the past year the MFSO is provided each CTSO Board of Directors with individualized training focused on the Best Practices of Non Profit Governance. The training included aspects of fiduciary responsibilities, effective meetings, and board development.