We nurture deep relationships with the people closest to the issues we address, reflecting founder William L. McKnight’s belief in entrusting and empowering others to foster initiative and innovation.
We offer our place-based perspective in national and global philanthropic collaborations that focus on policy and systems change.
We take adaptive action to enhance our effectiveness within complex and interconnected systems.
We use a robust toolkit, including grantmaking, collaboration, policy reform, research, communications, and investments.
Accountability: We use the Foundation’s resources in a transparent manner for public benefit. We assume responsibility for high quality decisionmaking based on analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment.
Integrity: We strive to do the right thing. We are honest and forthright, and people can trust what we say.
Innovation: We collaborate with others to test and develop new ideas and pathways in order to address complex problems.
Respect: We listen to diverse perspectives. We approach relationships with humility, openness, and honesty. We engage constructively with partners, colleagues, and the communities we serve.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity: We appreciate and leverage our differences, and we involve and reflect the communities we serve.
Equity: We align our policies, practices, and resources so that people of all races, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses have genuine opportunities to thrive.
Inclusion: We create an environment in which everybody feels valued and respected.
Our Strategic Framework
McKnight’s Strategic Framework is a living document that links people, place, and possibility. In all we do as a foundation, we use a robust toolkit to serve the well-being of future generations.