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Communications Manager

The McKnight Foundation seeks an experienced communications manager to help us leverage the power of strategic communications to advance the mission of the Foundation and our program goals. This person will be joining at a critical moment in the Foundation’s history to contribute to an exciting new strategic direction, grounded in the values and approaches …

Debby Landesman

Debby Landesman has served on McKnight’s board of directors since 2011, becoming board chair in 2018. She has extensive experience in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, having owned and operated a philanthropic consulting service which worked with a wide range of corporate and private foundation clients. She has served as executive director of the Levi …

Share Your Wisdom to Help Us Develop Our New Program

This fall, McKnight announced a new program that seeks to advance a more equitable and inclusive Minnesota. The goal: Build a vibrant future for all Minnesotans with shared power, prosperity, and participation. We agreed that advancing racial equity was central, not secondary, to building a Minnesota that works for everyone. We chose three focus areas: economic mobility, equitable development, …

Equitable Communities

Equitable Communities Equity is one of the four core values in the McKnight Foundation’s Strategic Framework. It is a value we challenge ourselves to uphold in our internal policies and practices, and it is a value that guides us as we imagine the change we want to see in our broader society. This deeply held value …

What Will it Take to Build an Equitable Minnesota?

First Steps in Launching Our New Program This fall, McKnight announced a new program that seeks to advance a more equitable and inclusive Minnesota. The goal: Build a vibrant future for all Minnesotans with shared power, prosperity, and participation. We chose three focus areas: economic mobility, equitable development, and civic engagement, and we all agreed …

Community Focus Areas

Community Focus Areas In September 2019, the McKnight Foundation announced a new community-focused program to advance equity and inclusion in Minnesota. The goal: Build a vibrant future for all Minnesotans with shared power, prosperity, and participation. To build this vibrant future, this new program will honor and build upon what we’ve learned from the work we’ve supported …

Minneapolis Climate Action and Racial Equity Fund Caps off Successful First Year With $65,000 in Grants

The Minneapolis Climate Action and Racial Equity Fund wrapped up its first year by awarding $65,000 in grants to three local organizations that are doing innovative work to take action on climate change. The new charitable fund, a partnership between the City of Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation, today announced its second round of grants. …

After 13 Years of Leadership, President Kate Wolford Retires from McKnight

With our hearts full of gratitude for her service, we share the news that Kate Wolford, president of the McKnight Foundation, will be retiring from McKnight in November. “We are incredibly grateful to Kate for her service to the McKnight Foundation,” said Debby Landesman, McKnight’s board chair. “We celebrate her many accomplishments and graceful leadership, …

Welcome to the New CCRP.org Website!

Practicing the Future of Agricultural Research Together We are excited to share the launch of our newly revamped CCRP.org! Through the site, we offer connection to more than 80 research projects, learnings across the program, and links to others engaged in creating ecological solutions through innovative research in agroecology. Over three decades ago, the McKnight …

Transformative Changes Ahead to Move Our Mission Forward

Announcing a Deeper Focus on Climate Solutions and an Equitable Minnesota The McKnight Foundation is thrilled to announce that we are increasing our focus on two priority areas: advancing climate solutions and building a more equitable and inclusive Minnesota. This decision follows the release of our 2019-2021 Strategic Framework and months of in-depth reflection and planning. …

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