About The McKnight Foundation
The McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation, seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. We use all our resources to attend, unite, and empower those we serve.
The McKnight Foundation is unusual in being one of the country's largest foundations while remaining anchored in one state and still under the direction of the family board.
Program interests include regional economic and community development, Minnesota’s arts and artists, early literacy, youth development, Midwest climate and energy, Mississippi River water quality, neuroscience research, international crop research, and rural livelihoods. Our primary geographic focus is the state of Minnesota, with significant support also directed to strategies throughout the U.S. and in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.
Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the foundation had assets of approximately $2.2 billion and granted about $87 million in 2016.
Principles for Minnesota Grantmakers
McKnight subscribes to the Minnesota Council on Foundation's Principles for Minnesota grantmakers, adopted by the MCF board of directors in 2006. Part of MCF's larger Principles for Grantmakers & Practice Options for Philanthropic Organizations.
Glasspockets is a Foundation Center initiative that champions philanthropic transparency in an online world. McKnight is among the foundations with "glass pockets" according to Foundation Center's set of 25 practices. Learn more.