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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.

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 …

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