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Burning coal is a major global contributor to climate change, which, in turn presents material long-term risks to our economy and to McKnight's endowment.


$189 million bond portfolio; coal free originated in 2016

Given that McKnight made over $160 million in grants to organizations advancing a low-carbon future since 1992, long-term bond exposure to coal was an area of misalignment between our philanthropic work and our endowment. This broad fixed income portfolio investing in government, corporate & mortgage-backed securities is now coal-free.


Blended fixed income benchmark; Meets its benchmark

Asset Owner

Coal-free portfolio meets its benchmark, portfolios of $189 million as of Q3 2017

Peer Investor

1. Abundant Choices: McKnight’s fund manager Mellon Capital Management was a helpful partner in scrubbing coal from our portfolio. This portfolio screens out pure-play coal as well as mining and other companies with underground coal reserves. The fund manager only had to sell 8 bonds valued at $1.6 million from the 1,500-bond portfolio.

2. Coal-Dependent Communities: Our impact investing program has exciting opportunities to invest in clean energy but it’s also essential to support coal dependent communities that are reinventing their economies.

As of November 2017


Disclaimer of Endorsement: The McKnight Foundation does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or service providers.