At the end of October 2019, the McKnight Foundation engaged Frontline as the firm launched a multifaceted and multilevel input-gathering process designed to shape and inform the Foundation’s new Vibrant & Equitable Communities program. The primary goal was to identify powerful and relevant strategies that could guide three initial exploratory focus areas: economic mobility, equitable development, and civic engagement. McKnight knew that in order to do this well they needed the wisdom and expertise of outside leaders, especially the community stakeholders with whom the Foundation will partner and who will be most impacted by the new program.
In total, McKnight received input from more than 1,000 stakeholders, representing a diverse cross section of people, places, sectors, and organizations in Minnesota and beyond. In an effort to return what the Foundation learned from these engagements back to the contributing people and communities, Frontline summarized the stakeholder input.