Equity is one of the four core values in the McKnight Foundation’s Strategic Framework. It is a value we challenge ourselves to uphold in our internal policies and practices, and it is a value that guides us as we imagine the change we want to see in our broader society. This deeply held value will now anchor the development of a new program focused on advancing a more equitable and inclusive Minnesota. The goal: Build a vibrant future for all Minnesotans with shared power, prosperity, and participation.
To build this vibrant future, this new program will honor and build upon what we’ve learned from the work we’ve supported in the community over many years while making space for new ideas. When those who have historically been excluded do well, every Minnesotan benefits. Business, community, and government leaders know firsthand, and research shows, that achieving equity enhances our state’s civic, cultural, and economic vitality. It strengthens our workforce, ensures that local firms can compete in the global economy, and enhances the quality of life for all communities.
Below are some resources that describe how we’re thinking about our new community program as it evolves. We invite you to read these materials and share your wisdom to help inform our process.