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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 reopens 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.

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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. “I am working to build a future where we can all live on the other side of justice together, where we value people over property and center the sacredness of human life,” Jeanelle shares.

Unsung Heroes

The McKnight Foundation, in partnership with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, announces four Minnesotans as recipients of the 2023 Virginia McKnight Binger Unsung Hero Award.

Tonya Allen

“The Presidents’ Council is catalyzing a growing movement of investors putting the full weight of our considerable resources behind our missions to deliver a prosperous, just, resilient economy for all.”

—Tonya Allen, President

Stories of Climate Progress and Hope in Minnesota

Hear directly from the advocates who secured the state’s largest-ever investments in clean energy, environmental justice, and transit—making Minnesota a national climate leader—and find out how 100% clean energy went from impossible to inevitable.

2023 McKnight Scholar Awards

The Board of Directors of The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience is pleased to announce it has selected ten neuroscientists to receive the 2023 McKnight Scholar Award. This is the first year McKnight makes these awards under the program’s new guidelines, which place additional emphasis on increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion to enhance the excellence and impact of our work.

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