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A Note of Gratitude for Supporting Our Strategic Framework

We hope you’ve had a chance by now to read our new mission statement and Strategic Framework 2019–2021. We are very grateful for all the insights, questions, counsel, and outpouring of goodwill since the launch in January. A special thank-you to those who took the time to complete our survey—108 of you! We read the …

Nominations Open for Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is pleased to announce its fourth annual Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Awards. In partnership with the McKnight Foundation, a family foundation based in Minnesota that advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive, four Minnesotans, two from the Twin Cities metro and two from Greater Minnesota, …

New Charitable Fund to Support Local Action on Climate Change

A new charitable fund that is accepting grant applications will support local action on climate change in diverse communities throughout the City of Minneapolis. Unveiled in Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey’s State of the City Address, the Minneapolis Climate Action and Racial Equity Fund is a partnership between The Minneapolis Foundation, the city and the McKnight …

Creative MN Report

Creative Minnesota, the most comprehensive report ever done of the state’s nonprofit creative sector, attempts to fill the gaps in available information about Minnesota’s cultural field and to improve our understanding of its importance to our quality of life and economy. 2019 Creative MN Report Previous Years 2017 Creative MN Report 2015 Creative MN Report

Deborah Loewenberg Ball: (How) Can Teacher Education Advance Equity?

As part of our commitment to ensuring that all Minnesota kids have access to diverse, effective educators, we are working in partnership with TeachingWorks to advance high-quality teacher preparation. At TeachingWorks, they believe great teachers aren’t born; they’re taught. Great teachers aren’t born; they’re taught. We recently invited Deborah Loewenberg Ball, PhD, director of TeachingWorks, to …

America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2019

2019 America’s Most Endangered Rivers® Website 2019 America’s Most Endangered Rivers® Report Previous Reports 2018 America’s Most Endangered Rivers® Report 2017 America’s Most Endangered Rivers® Report 2016 America’s Most Endangered Rivers® Report

Designing for Impact: Using a Web Redesign to Improve Transparency, Equity, and Inclusion

This post was originally published on Transparency Talks, the GlassPockets blog site on April 11, 2019. It is reprinted here with full permission The McKnight Foundation is proud to be among the early group of foundations that joined the GlassPockets movement and has benefited from its tools and resources. As GlassPockets crosses the threshold of …

How Sustainable Farming Can Lead to a Cleaner Mississippi River

"There is not in the wide world a river as grand As the one whose bright waves lave my own native land" —Kate Harrington, “The Mississippi River” The Mississippi River is woven throughout the economic and social fabric of Minnesota and the Midwest. Nearly half the country depends on this vast river and its tributaries. …