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2024 McKnight Scholar Awards

Ten neuroscientists have been selected to receive the 2024 McKnight Scholar Award. The awards are granted to young scientists who are in the early stages of establishing their own independent laboratories and research careers and who have demonstrated a commitment to neuroscience. Since the award was introduced in 1977, this prestigious early-career award has funded 281 innovative investigators and spurred hundreds of breakthrough discoveries.

Tamika Gibson

Tamika Gibson joined McKnight in June 2024 as a Program & Grants Associate for the Vibrant & Equitable Communities program. In this role, Tamika supports all aspects of the grantmaking process for Vibrant & Equitable Communities program grantee partners.  Prior to joining the McKnight Foundation, Tamika served as a Public Grants Manager at the Minnesota …

A Coliseum Reimagined: Transforming the Soul of Downtown Longfellow

Equitable, community-centered redevelopment is bringing new life to East Lake Street. On Juneteenth, 2024, The Historic Coliseum Building in South Minneapolis reopened with a new, inclusive purpose. The Black-led reconstruction of the former Freeman’s Department Store is a co-inspiration at the intersection of shared ownership and sustainability.

McKnight Team Members Assume New Roles

Congratulations to Neeraj Mehta: VP Programs; Elizabeth McGeveran: VP Investments; Tamara Wallace: Governance Liaison & Executive Assistant!

Courageous Character: Jeanelle Austin

Jeanelle Austin’s life’s work centers around pursuing racial justice with joy, and helping give others the tools to do the same.

Sea Change for Equitable Climate Investment: Q&A with Ben Passer

The Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund will deploy $27 billion in funding to mobilize private capital and deliver clean energy and climate solutions like heat pumps, solar, and electric vehicles to communities across America, particularly those with the greatest need and opportunity. Ben Passer shares more about the impact in the Midwest and McKnight’s support that led to this historic moment.

Nominations Open for 2024 Virginia McKnight Binger Heart of Community Honor

Celebrating people who are the pulse of Minnesota’s caring and connected communities. McKnight is delighted to announce our newly revamped awards program: the Virginia McKnight Binger Heart of Community Honor (formerly the Virginia Binger McKnight Unsung Hero Awards), which is now open for nominations. In partnership with the Minnesota Council of Foundations, this awards program …

Virginia McKnight Binger Heart of Community Honor

Explore Meet the Honorees Submit a Nomination Nominations will re-open in May 2025 Celebrating people who are the pulse of Minnesota’s caring and connected communities. For nearly four decades, the McKnight Foundation has honored individuals who have had a significant impact on the state of Minnesota and its communities but who have not been widely recognized …

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