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Speaking Directly to Farmers, Finding a Shared Concern for Clean Water

The Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) is an alliance of diverse organizations and individuals working together to protect Iowa’s natural environment. They work through policy to improve water quality in Iowa and downstream in the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. Iowa’s agriculture industry produces runoff from crop fields and livestock, which is a major source …

Midwest Leads the Way on Clean Energy

Tim Hemphill, a corn and soybean farmer in Iowa, leases a portion of his land to a company that installed wind turbines, adding $20,000 a year to his income. Matt Grocoff charges his family’s electric vehicle via an outlet on their nearly zero-net-energy house in Michigan, which is powered by rooftop solar panels. And thanks …

Healthy Rivers Lead to Healthy Communities

International Rivers’ work is at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities. They work with an international network of dam-affected people, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, human rights advocates, and others who are committed to stopping destructive river projects and promoting better options. International Rivers seeks a world where healthy …

2009 Annual Report

May 2010 – Our 2009 “year-at-a-glance” annual report, in PDF format.

Independent School District 286, Brooklyn Center

Working along a developmental continuum from pre-kindergarten to grade 3, McKnight seeks to increase the percentage of successful third grade readers in the Twin Cities. With related project support from McKnight, Brooklyn Center Independent School District #286 is creating a new literacy framework, within its comprehensive system of literacy education. Brooklyn Center’s framework will include …

Providing Life-Long Educational Support for Children

The Saint Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN) is a community-wide initiative to provide the academic and social supports children need to succeed in school and in life. The neighborhood is a 250-square block area in the heart of St. Paul’s historic Frogtown and Summit-University neighborhoods. Nearly 80 percent of SPPN’s residents are of color – with …

2010 Annual Report

May 2011 – Our 2010 “year-at-a-glance” annual report, in PDF format.

2011 Annual Report

April 2012 – Our 2011 “year-at-a-glance” annual report, in PDF format.

MacPhail Center for Music

MacPhail Center for Music, the largest community music school in the state, offers music education in 35 instruments, including voice, at three different locations throughout the Twin Cities. The school seeks to provide students of all backgrounds and abilities access to exceptional music learning experiences through extraordinary faculty, innovative programs and integrated learning technology to …

The Surprising Lessons We Can Learn from Puppets

Drawing inspiration from the world’s traditions of puppet and mask theater and its lively roots in transformative ritual and street theater, the artists of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre (HOBT) create vital, poetic theater for all ages and backgrounds. HOBT creates specially commissioned pageants throughout Minnesota and beyond, teaches puppetry …