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A Culture of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

As an employer, McKnight has the opportunity and responsibility to embed equity across our policies and practices—in how we hire, train, develop, and support our teams, and in how we craft our culture as an organization.

President Tonya Allen heads an all-women senior leadership team who are majority people of color. In addition, we have increased diversity at every level and in every department across the Foundation. This didn’t happen by chance. It required actively recruiting candidates from a variety of backgrounds and valuing their skills and lived experiences in addition to specific academic degrees or other formal credentials.

Our team has a wealth of diversity in perspectives, backgrounds, and lived experiences to advance the Foundation’s mission.

Diversity

at a Glance

100%Women in Executive Leadership

80%Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in Executive Leadership

50%Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in Director & Executive Leadership

Staff Diversity at McKnight Foundation

As part of the Foundation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we offer data about how our staff members identify themselves in terms of race, gender, and sexual orientation.

The first chart shows the racial composition of our staff relative to the Twin Cities metro area population. The second and third charts show how staff members identified themselves in terms of gender and sexual orientation.

Race & Ethnicity: Twin Cities & McKnight

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["Twin Cities Population, 2020 Census: {y}%","McKnight Staff, 2022: {y}%"]

Race & Ethnicity: Twin Cities & McKnight

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["Twin Cities Population, 2020 Census: {y}%","McKnight Staff, 2022: {y}%"]

Gender

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["Women: {y}%","Men: {y}%","Transgender, genderqueer, gender expansive, nonbinary: {y}%"]

Sexual Orientation

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["Heterosexual: {y}%","Bisexual: {y}%","Queer: {y}%","Gay or Lesbian: {y}%"]

Last updated: March 2022

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We embed an equity approach across the Foundation because we see it as mission critical as a funder, convenor, thought leader, employer, economic entity, and institutional investor.

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McKnight has earned national recognition for fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and inclusiveness that empowers our diverse teams to achieve our shared mission.

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