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A Museum Focused on Supporting Regional Artists

Plains Art Museum is committed to providing a hub for creative life in the border communities of Fargo, ND, and Moorhead, MN, by offering meaningful experiences in our galleries, studios, and programs. They feature contemporary art exhibitions, classes, lectures, studios, collaborations, workshops, special events, and performances. The museum showcases working regional artists, from those who …

Leading Critical Conversations on Clean Water

Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) works to celebrate, protect, and restore the Minnesota River Basin. They are a rural organization with a holistic approach to their clean water work, engaging the community in finding transformational and systemic solutions to the problems threatening Minnesota’s watershed environments. CURE’s relationship with their community requires that they be …

Mobilizing to Close Loopholes that Leave Minnesota Streams Unprotected

The Environmental America Research and Policy Center works to educate the public and win tangible results for clean water through their research and advocacy work. A diverse array of people and organizations across Minnesota have joined Environment America in advocating for clean water, including over 40 local elected officials, 35 local small business owners, and …

Working toward a Stronger, Fairer Food System for All

Illinois Stewardship Alliance is a membership-based organization that cultivates a local food and farm system that is economically viable, socially just, and environmentally sustainable. They seek to build a world where soils are treated as a precious resource, local food producers earn a fair, living wage, local food education is integrated into all levels of …

In sub-Saharan Africa, Good Seeds Mean Everything to Farmers

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is an international nonprofit organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. Covering 6.5 million square kilometers of land in 55 countries, the semi-arid tropics have over 2 billion people, 644 million of …

The Future of Foundation Philanthropy: The CEO Perspective

In an essay entitled “Let’s Embrace Our Philanthropic Duty,” McKnight president Kate Wolford argues more foundations need to use their role as institutional investors to advance mission. Find her commentary on p. 26 of “CEO Reflections,” a companion publication to a recent Center of Effective Philanthropy report that captures insights from 200 foundation executives.

For Individuals Living with HIV/AIDS Who Are Also Very Low Income, Supportive Housing is Life-Changing

The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CHS) aims to advance housing solutions that improve the lives of the most vulnerable people, maximize public resources, and build strong, healthy communities across the country. They do this by educating and empowering housing industry players, lending to potential homebuyers, collaborating with developers to find innovative housing solutions, and advocating …

Getting a Light Rail on the Right Track to Serve Communities Equitably

Living Cities works with the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions to build a new type of urban practice that addresses both physical and human capital issues, from affordable housing creation along transit corridors, education reform, and youth recidivism, designed to improve the lives of low-income people. Living Cities selected Minneapolis/St. Paul’s Corridors of Opportunity …

Facing an Aging Population, a Regional Foundation Fosters the Next Generation of Leaders

The Initiative Foundation in Little Falls serves a diverse landscape in Central Minnesota. Its focus is the economy, community and philanthropy of the 14-county region with an emphasis on economic development, community collaborations, early childhood initiatives and the preservation and celebration of Central Minnesota’s assets and natural resources. Over the next 10 years, Central Minnesota’s …

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