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McKnight’s Strategic Framework, updated for 2015-2017

With 2015 now in full swing, we are pleased to share with you The McKnight Foundation’s new Strategic Framework, updated and refreshed for 2015-2017. This is the second iteration of this important document, the first of which was developed in 2011 and implemented for 2012-2014. We got good mileage out of our inaugural framework during …

The Long View on Artist-Centered Creative Placemaking in Minnesota

People intrigued by Minnesota’s surplus of artist-centered creative placemaking activities often ask me, “What’s in the water in Minnesota?” And with good reason: A flurry of discussion (in articles, blog posts, opinion pieces, and at conferences) and bricks-and-mortar development (in the streets, neighborhoods, and lives of actual Minnesotans), all spinning out from the central concept …

River Action

River Action is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering the environmental, economic, and cultural vitality of the Mississippi River and its riverfront in the Quad Cities region in northwest Ilinois and southeastern Iowa. River Action encourages greater access to the riverfront, builds and expands riverfront recreation trails, protects endangered habitat, and cleans up the river. …

Showcasing and Celebrating Local Artists

The Walker Art Center is a catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts of our time, the Walker takes a global, multidisciplinary, and diverse approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of art. Walker programs examine the questions that …

Exploring Unsubsidized Affordable Housing

This post originally appeared at The Edge, an online magazine from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Policy Development and Research. Recently, the McKnight Foundation has been giving more consideration to what market orientation and scalability mean for our programs, policies, and grantmaking approach. In part this is an adaptive response to the …

Small Decisions Equal Big Opportunity for Investor Influence on Carbon Disclosure

Last week in Minneapolis, hundreds of people gathered at the Economic Club of Minnesota, which provides a non-partisan platform for business, government, and public policy leaders to present ideas on how Minnesota can better compete in the global economy. The packed house came together for the national release of Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change & Economic Risk in the Midwest, a new …

Heat in the Heartland: Climate Change and Economic Risk in the Midwest

January 2015 This McKnight-funded follow-up to the original Risky Business report zeros in on the Midwest and offers a first step toward defining the range of potential economic consequences to this particular region if we continue on our current greenhouse gas emissions pathway. The Risky Business Project is a joint partnership of  Bloomberg Philanthropies, the  …

What Can Happen When Citizens Stand Up for Clean Water

Midwest Environmental Advocates is a nonprofit, nonpartisan law center that works for healthy water, air, land and government for this generation and the next. Based in Wisconsin, MEA helps citizens use the power of the law to defend clean drinking water, healthy wetlands, meaningful public participation in decisionmaking, and open and accountable government. At the …

Keeping Our Rivers Clean Takes a Community of Good Stewards

Great River Greening (GRG) inspires, engages and leads local Minnesota communities in conserving and caring for the land and water that enrich our lives. The McKnight Foundation’s support for Great River Greening has been critical for implementing the local, community-led approach to reducing agricultural pollution in targeted watersheds. GRG has developed a model in Seven …

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