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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 …

Kate Wolford Biography

Kate Wolford is the former president of the McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation that seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, collaboration, impact investing, and strategic policy reform. She retired from the Foundation in November 2019. Wolford joined the McKnight Foundation in 2006. During her tenure, she …

Transforming Neighborhoods so Families can Flourish

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is a national organization with a community focus. LISC has offices in 30 urban areas nationwide, including the Twin Cities and Duluth, and is dedicated to helping residents transform distressed neighborhoods into healthy, sustainable communities of choice and opportunity. They achieve this aim by mobilizing corporate, government, and philanthropic sectors …

Going Beyond Orchestra Hall to Reach Communities Across Minnesota

The Minnesota Orchestra, now in its second century and led by Music Director Osmo Vänskä, ranks among America’s top symphonic ensembles, with a distinguished history of acclaimed performances in its home state and around the world. The ensemble presents nearly 200 programs each year, primarily at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis, and its concerts are …

Design Testing with Local Residents Lead to Better Engineering Results

Compatible Technology International (CTI) creates practical tools to help impoverished communities in developing countries overcome critical food and water challenges. They engineer technologies for small farmers in rural communities — a group that comprises approximately 75% of the global poor. CTI empowers these farmers, many of whom are women, with affordable tools that improve their …

12,000 Affordable Homes Created… and Still Going Strong

Greater Minnesota Housing Fund (GMHF) is a nonprofit, affordable housing intermediary and certified community development financial institution (CDFI). Their mission is to invest in affordable housing and sustainable development to strengthen communities in greater Minnesota and ensure that everyone has a safe, suitable, and economical place to call home. GMHF was launched in 1996 in …

Sandy Spieler: 2014 Distinguished Artist

December 2014 Commemorative booklet featuring essays about Sandy Spieler’s influence as an artist and activist, a chronology of her work and life, and photographs.

New Report Highlights Emerging Clean Energy Market, More Jobs and Better Pay

A successful transition to a clean energy economy carries with it the long-term economic benefits of highly skilled, well-paying jobs. Last week, Governor Dayton made two important announcements relating to jobs in the clean energy economy. The first: a new $25 million solar project that will be built on top of the two parking ramps …

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