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Philanthropy’s robust toolkit can advance climate mitigation, adaptation via community action, policy, & markets

Even as the high human, economic, environmental, and planetary costs of climate change come into sharper focus, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, tightening the timeframe for a transition to a low-carbon future. Climate change exacerbates growing pressures on life-sustaining resources, including freshwater, soil, and biodiversity.  We all have a stake in efforts to …

McKnight hires three staff

April 20, 2015 – The McKnight Foundation has hired Jody Speer, Rita Lee, and Jeff Henebury.

Nitrates in drinking water causing friction in Iowa

It’s been a contentious month for water quality in Iowa. In early March the Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) announced that the utility will file a federal suit against three rural counties in northwest Iowa for nitrate pollution. Residents of Des Moines and other nearby municipalities receive tap water that originates from the Raccoon and …

Giving Teachers a Voice in the Future of Education

Educators 4 Excellence (E4E) works to ensure that the voices of classroom teachers are included in the decisions that affect their profession and their students. E4E envisions an elevated, prestigious teaching profession in which educators are leaders both in and outside of their classrooms to drive positive outcomes for students. E4E receives general operating funds …

A Research and Development Lab for the Arts

Through its unique artist residency program and community outreach events, the Anderson Center at Tower View in Red Wing is a one-of-a-kind research and development lab for the arts — the only center of its kind in the five-state area dedicated solely to the creation of new art and ideas. The Anderson Center receives general …

Helping Small Businesses Thrive in the Face of Recession

Lake Street Council engages, serves, and advocates for the Lake Street business community in Minneapolis to ensure the vitality and prosperity of the commercial corridor. Every day, Lake Street Council works on business recruitment, safety and security, branding/marketing/PR, community events, online and door-to-door communications, commercial energy retrofits and energy savings, small business advocacy, and management …

McKnight Strategic Framework, 2015-2017

March 27, 2015 – The second iteration of our strategic framework, a key document guiding our work for the next three years, commits the foundation to optimize the use of all our resources to advance our mission.

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