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Dominic McQuerry

As a program officer with the Vibrant & Equitable Communities and Midwest Climate & Energy programs, Dominic McQuerry oversees and develops innovative grant portfolios at the intersection of McKnight’s climate and equity goals with an emphasis on strengthening democratic participation and civic engagement. McQuerry is a policy and community engagement professional with a passion for …

Deadline: 2022 McKnight Technology Awards

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports innovative research designed to bring science closer to the day when diseases of the brain can be accurately diagnosed, prevented, and treated. To this end, the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience invites letters of intent for the 2022 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience awards. Use of Award Funds …

A Good Cry

A good cry gathers deep in the soul, vibrating up and spilling out a river of hot tears that stream down the face, dribble from the chin, and create crusty pools of salt on the pillow. A good cry does not look away. Instead of bypassing the grief, it brutally examines loss, bearing witness to …

PosiGen Low Interest Loan

The McKnight investment team believed in the rationale and mission of PosiGen. Shortly after our closed investment, PosiGen again approached McKnight for another investment to enter new markets and retire expensive debt. McKnight thought a program related investment (PRI) would be more appropriate for this challenge versus a market-oriented approach. Investment $2.5 PRI, 1-year note …

New Energy Capital Fund II

Seizing abundant opportunities to install clean energy infrastructure across the United States, NEC builds a cleaner, more resilient electricity grid and provides profitable investments. Investment Fund I: $7.5 million; originated in 2016 Fund II: $15 million; originated in 2019 Rationale Tangible assets that generate stable cash flows back NEC’s lending. The company’s success maps directly …

Generation: Sustainable Solutions Fund III (SSF)

The transition to a sustainable economy requires new products and businesses in agriculture, food, transportation, and health. SSF capitalizes on this transformation by investing in growth-stage businesses leading the evolution. Investment $10 million; originated in 2019 Rationale Generation invests in broad sector and sustainability exploration to identify next-generation businesses and services. It zeroed in on …

Artspace

Because of development pressures in rural and urban areas, artists and creative enterprises struggle to find secure, affordable living spaces and studios. Artspace leverages its real estate development expertise to advance its mission to support artists. Over the past 30 years, it has developed more than 50 mixed-use properties, providing homes to over 1,500 artists …

Scoop

Transportation, in particular daily commuting, produces nearly 30 percent of the greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. Scoop seeks to disrupt long, solitary commutes by providing custom, flexible carpool options for workers. Investment $2.5 million; originated in 2019 Rationale The Scoop app replaces clunky van carpooling by connecting riders and drivers from the same …

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