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With a $2.2 billion endowment, The McKnight Foundation has the opportunity to align its money with its mission. Using a prudent approach to risk and return, the Foundation is seeking investment opportunities that reflect new economic, environmental, and social realities for 10% of its portfolio ($200 million). As we learn more, we are finding exciting opportunities to align portions of our traditional portfolio with our mission as well — in other words, we are surpassing the 10% commitment.

Our portfolio includes:

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High Impact Investments:

$50 MILLION in program-related investments (PRIs), a common foundation tool for making non-commercial investments with higher impact. McKnight often structures its PRIs as long-term, low-interest loans at 1-3%.

$75 MILLION in private market high-impact investments. These may include funds or direct private debt and equity deals. We expect a minimum financial return of 6%.

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Aligned Investments:

$75 MILLION in public market funds measured against traditional investment benchmarks such as the S&P 500 or the MSCI World.

$100 MILLION seed investment in the Carbon Efficiency Strategy, reducing our exposure to businesses that produce carbon pollution inefficiently. This Carbon Efficiency Strategy is benchmarked against the Russell 3000.

$180 MILLION bond portfolio with no exposure to coal companies or corporate issuers that own underground coal reserves.