The video includes subtitles in Spanish, Somali, Oromo, German, French, Arabic, Chinese, Amharic, and Laotian. Access the subtitles by hitting the “CC” button on the bottom right corner of the video player. Watch the video with subtitles in Hmong, Dakota, and Ojibwe by clicking the corresponding link.

As part of our release of the Strategic Framework 2019-2021, we offer this video synopsis. Below is the transcript.

Every generation faces times that require an abundance of imagination and fortitude. We live in such a time.

It’s a time to protect our natural resources and work toward racial equity, a time to be brutally realistic and fiercely optimistic. Optimistic because history has shown us the power of people who share a resolve to make positive change happen.

The McKnight Foundation envisions a world that recognizes the dignity of every human being, where we celebrate the creativity of the arts and sciences, and come together to protect our one and only Earth.

Established by William and Maude McKnight in 1953 and carried on by their only daughter, Virginia McKnight Binger, and her children, and grandchildren, we are a family foundation based in Minnesota. Today, we work across many disciplines, sectors, and geographic boundaries.

Our mission: Advance a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive.

Our values: Stewardship, equity, respect, and curiosity.

We take an adaptive and innovative approach, and we use all our roles and resources to realize our mission. In our home state of Minnesota—and around the globe—our diverse programs are united in a quest to improve our shared fate.


The McKnight Foundation wishes to express its gratitude to all who contributed to the production of this video, including the many organizations and community members we work alongside to create a more just, creative, and abundant planet.

Video Production Credits

Molly Miles, Digital Storyteller

Na Eng, Communications Director

Joetta Wright, Narration

Jonathan Miller, Associate Editor


Photo and Footage Credits


Damir Bosnjak on Unsplash

Centro Tyrone Guzman

Friends of the Mississippi River

Fuma Gaskiya

Initiative Foundation

Molly Miles

Northside Funders Group, Bruce Silcox

Northland Foundation, Joe Rossi Photography LLC

Power of Minnesota

Ragmala Dance Company

The Rockefeller University

The Trust for Public Land

United States Department of Agriculture – Flickr

West Central Initiative

Wing Young Huie