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McKnight awards $1.2 million for study of memory and cognitive disorders

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience has selected four projects to receive the 2019 Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards. The awards will total $1.2 million over three years for research on the biology of brain diseases, with each project receiving $300,000 between 2019 and 2021. The Memory and Cognitive Disorders (MCD) Awards support innovative research …

An Open Letter From VSA

The following post was originally published on the website of VSA Minnesota, the state organization on arts and disability. Even though we know that VSA made a difficult decision, we are pleased to see some of the services will get incorporated into the work of Springboard for the Arts, COMPAS, and the Metro Regional Arts …

The Connective Power of TU Dance

In Conversation with Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands Fifteen years ago, Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands gifted the Twin Cities, and subsequently the world, TU Dance—a 10-member professional dance company that boasts celebrated performances filled with passion and purpose, and a school where the next generation of dancers earn their stripes. TU Dance is renowned …

How to Get Started on Digital Inclusion

Our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) challenges us to press toward a more inclusive and equitable world. Whether a person walks into our office or interacts with us online, we strive to create an environment in which everyone feels valued and respected. That’s why we recently took a closer look at our website to gauge …

MN Housing Measures 2012-2017

Availability of naturally-occurring affordable housing (or “NOAH”) in Minnesota has declined steeply from 2012-2017, however the region has experienced its highest levels of preservation in recent years, according to the new MN Housing Measures report published by the McKnight Foundation. This recent spike in preservation activity is in large part due to a new influx …

Staff Leadership Changes Ahead for McKnight’s Finance and Arts Teams

The McKnight Foundation will say farewell to two beloved colleagues at the end of June 2019. Rick Scott, vice president of finance and compliance, and Vickie Benson, Arts program director, have announced their intention to leave their respective positions. “Rick and Vickie both contribute immensely to McKnight’s mission and serve as effective leaders,” said Kate …

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Imagine a world where every child recognizes the sacredness of their humanity. And every family has enough to eat, and a place to call home, no matter the color of their skin or the zip code of their birth. Imagine how much higher we could soar in our arts and sciences if we realized that …

Philanthropic Community Announces $4 Billion Commitment to Combat Climate Change

Recently president Kate Wolford represented the McKnight Foundation as part of a coalition of foundations that committed to investing $4 billion in climate action over the next five years. Watch an excerpt from her speech at the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco and read her complete remarks below.  "We are here on behalf of …

Four Minnesotans Recognized as 2018 Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Heroes

The McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) have selected Joseph Day of Bemidji, Memoona Ghani of Maple Grove, Carol Orban of Ely, and Wynfred Russell of Brooklyn Park as this year’s Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Award recipients. The 2018 awardees, who will each receive a cash prize of $10,000 from the McKnight …

Deadline: 2019 McKnight Scholar Awards

Applications for the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Scholar Award due January 7, 2019. The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience invites applications for …