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Our Mission

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.

Our People

Our teams work in a diverse range of areas toward a shared mission of improving lives.

the lobby of Mcknight Foundation

Our Offices

Our offices are located above the Mill City Museum in downtown Minneapolis. Learn more about our meeting spaces for grantees, our lobby gallery, and how to contact us.

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Named one of the best workplaces for women and one of the best small workplaces in the nation, McKnight offers a high-trust, high-performing culture that encourages continuous learning and improvement across a wide array of program interests.

“Encourage experimental doodling. If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need.”

William L. McKnight


In keeping with our values of integrity and accountability, we share our board governance structure and staff policies and practices.

2012 Financial Annual report chart


Review our assets and grantmaking totals over the years. Read our investment policy, and find our audited financial statements.