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Honoring McKnight’s Mississippi River Program

Leaving With a Heart Full of Gratitude and a Head Full of Learnings As many of you know, the McKnight Foundation is sunsetting our Mississippi River program in light of other strategic priorities. For 27 years, this program has worked to restore the water quality and ensure a clean river system for communities across the …

Programs in Transition

Because of shifts in our grantmaking strategy, we are sunsetting these program areas: Education, Region & Communities, Mississippi River, and Southeast Asia. That means we are no longer accepting grant applications in those areas. We are committed to responsibly winding down our grantmaking in a transparent and supportive manner. For more information, see our Grantmaking Transition …

Phoebe Larson

As communications manager at the McKnight Foundation, Phoebe Larson helps leverage strategic communications to advance the organization’s mission and program goals. She supports the Foundation’s communications needs, supervises digital editorial operations, and offers communications counsel to senior leadership and program teams. Prior to joining McKnight in 2020, Larson served as communications director for Saint Paul …

Pam Wheelock

Pam Wheelock brings decades of experience in the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. She is no stranger to interim positions: Most recently, in 2019 she stepped in as acting commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. A dedicated public servant, she also served as commissioner of finance under Governor Jesse Ventura, and deputy mayor …

Support for Native and Indigenous Arts Organizations Vital to Minnesota

As expressed in our Strategic Framework, equity is one of McKnight's core values. We see advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion across our program areas as central to building a Minnesota that works for everyone. One critical way that we live this value is by supporting arts and cultural organizations led by people of color and Indigenous …

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