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News Release: McKnight approves over $15 million in third quarter 2012 grantmaking

The McKnight Foundation awarded 89 grants totaling $15,403,000 in its third-quarter 2012 grantmaking. Grant totals and representative grants are available below.

Among this quarter's grants, Duluth LISC (Local Initiatives Support Corporation) received a two-year grant of $325,000 to implement integrated housing and community development strategies. Through facilitation of a 25-member coalition of nonprofit, neighborhood, public, and private sector organizations, LISC will work to transform five distressed Duluth neighborhoods that are among the older, more economically challenged, and most diverse areas of the city into healthy, sustainable communities of choice and opportunity.

"Using a comprehensive, integrated approach, McKnight's affordable housing strategy aims to increase family stability and link families to opportunities" says Ted Staryk, McKnight's board chair. "We are proud to support Duluth LISC in this work, a promising and exciting effort to make some real progress on that strategic front."

The Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative received a three-year grant of $900,000 (through Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation), building on the 10-year history of this collaborative effort of the Minnesota Initiative Foundations. Working to improve pre-K to 3rd grade outcomes for children statewide, the ECI is composed of 90 coalitions based in more than 300 sites, each coordinating activities tailored to their specific region. This grant received cross-program support from two of McKnight's funding areas, Minnesota Initiative Foundations and Education & Learning.

This quarter, the Foundation also welcomes a new member to its board of directors: Perry Moriearty, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota. Moriearty joined the U of M faculty in 2008 with expertise in clinical legal education, civil litigation, and juvenile justice. She teaches criminal law and race and the law, co-directs the Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic, and writes in the areas of constitutional law, juvenile justice, criminal law, and race and the law.

The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota-based family Foundation had assets of approximately $1.9 billion and granted about $91 million in 2011.



Arts / $4,284,000
American Composers Forum, St. Paul; Arts Center of Saint Peter, St. Peter; Bedlam Theatre, Minneapolis; Cantus, Minneapolis; Central Minnesota Arts Board, Foley; Fargo-Moorhead Orchestral Association, Moorhead; Friends of the Minnesota Sinfonia, Minneapolis; Juxtaposition, Inc., Minneapolis; Leonardo's Basement, Minneapolis; Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, St. Paul; Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis; Minnesota Film Arts, Minneapolis; Minnesota Music Coalition, St. Paul; New York Mills Arts Retreat, New York Mills; Nonprofit Finance Fund, New York, NY; Northern Lights MN, Minneapolis; Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, Warren; Pangea World Theater, Minneapolis; Penumbra Theatre Company, Inc., St. Paul; Pillsbury United Communities, Minneapolis; Public Art St. Paul, St. Paul; Serrand Epp, St. Paul; Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council, Inc., Rochester; Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul (2); The Duluth Playhouse, Inc., Duluth; Theater Mu, Inc., St. Paul; TU Dance, St. Paul; White Bear Center for the Arts, White Bear Lake
Education & Learning / $3,970,000
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Environment / $1,783,000
Environment America Research and Policy Center, Boston, MA; Food & Water Watch, Washington, DC; Friends of the Minnesota Valley, Bloomington; Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Minneapolis; Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Des Moines, IA; Izaak Walton League of America, Inc., Gaithersburg, MD; Louisiana Environmental Action Network, Baton Rouge, LA; Minnesota Environmental Partnership, St. Paul; Minnesota Land Trust, St. Paul; Practical Farmers of Iowa, Ames, IA; Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District, Waite Park; University of Minnesota Foundation, Minneapolis; Wisconsin Farmers Union Foundation, Chippewa Falls, WI; Zumbro Watershed Partnership, Rochester
International / $1,306,000
Centre for Integrated Development, Kampala, Uganda; Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical, Cali; Columbia Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Emesco Development Foundation, Kibaale District, Uganda; Friends of Rural Advancement, Kyotera, Uganda; FUMA Gaskiya, Maradi, Niger; Groundswell International, Washington, DC; Initiatives for Development and Equal Access to Services, Kagera, Tanzania; International Centre for Research in Agroforestry, Nairobi, Kenya; Jalamba Organic Processors and Training Centre, Kampala, Uganda; Mkombozi Group, Lushoto, Tanzania; Organization for Rural Development, Jinja, Uganda; SEF MICROFINANCE, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Tanzania Women Volunteers Association, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; The Foundation for the Promotion and Investigation of Andean Products PROINPA, Cochabamba, Bolivia; University of Missouri - Columbia, Columbia, MO; Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands; World Neighbors, Inc., Oklahoma City, OK
Other Grantmaking / $1,300,000
New America Foundation, Washington, DC; Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation, Owatonna
Region & Communities / $2,835,000
AccountAbility Minnesota, St. Paul; American Indian Family Center, St. Paul; Asian Economic Development Association, St. Paul; Augsburg College, Minneapolis; Build Wealth Minnesota, Inc., Minneapolis; Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., Columbia, MD; Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation, Minneapolis; Growth & Justice, St. Paul; Hamline Midway Coalition, St. Paul; Local Initiatives Support Corporation, New York, NY; Longfellow Community Council, Minneapolis; Lower Phalen Creek Project, St. Paul; Metropolitan Council, St. Paul; Native American Community Development Institute, Minneapolis; Pillsbury United Communities, Minneapolis; Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association, Minneapolis; Project for Pride in Living, Inc., Minneapolis; Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association, Inc., Minneapolis; Seward Redesign, Inc., Minneapolis; Springboard for the Arts, St. Paul; The Saint Paul Foundation, St. Paul; Thomas-Dale District 7 Planning Council, Inc., St. Paul; Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Inc., Minneapolis; Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC; West Side Citizens Organization, St. Paul