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Small Changes Lead to a Big Impact in Kindergarten Readiness

Think Small is dedicated to advancing quality care and education of children in their crucial early years. By focusing on the adults in children’s lives – parents, early childhood professionals, and policymakers – Think Small provides experiences that help children thrive. The McKnight Foundation’s Education & Learning program focuses on early literacy and increasing the …

How Stable Housing Turned this Teen’s Life Around

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative consists of 80+ congregations committed to ending homelessness through housing, the Families Moving Forward shelter program, and public advocacy. Beacon houses 775 residents progressing with their lives, no longer worried about finding a home. Within McKnight’s efforts to promote affordable housing and systems that increase family stability, Beacon receives general operating …

Connecting Women Landowners to Conservationists

Diane Henry Freutel of McHenry County, Illinois recently inherited over a hundred acres of farmland along with several other properties. She never dreamt she’d be the last living family member and when her brother and father passed away in short succession, she felt overwhelmed and lost amid all of the information, programs, and decisions required …

Root Capital

Root Capital invests in the growth of agricultural enterprises so they can transform rural communities. These businesses purchase crops such as coffee, cocoa, or quinoa from smallholder farmers. With growth, they become engines of impact that can raise incomes, create jobs, empower women and young people, sustain peace and preserve vulnerable ecosystems. Root Capital supplies …

Building Connections Through the Arts

Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) connects Minnesota’s artists with audiences through MN Original, its award-winning weekly arts series celebrating Minnesota’s creative community, across all disciplines and all cultures. Now in its eighth year, MN Original has featured more than 4,000 Minnesota artists since its inception. Broadcast throughout Minnesota and on PBS stations across the country, …

Erin Gavin: Helping America’s Dual Language Learners Succeed

Through our Pathway Schools Initiative, McKnight partners with seven schools in the Twin Cities — as well as the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute — to align and improve the quality of literacy instruction from PreK-3rd grade. Dual Language Learners (DLLs) make up nearly two-thirds of the student population in our Pathway Schools — across Minneapolis …

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