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Rick Shiomi: 2015 McKnight Distinguished Artist

The commemorative booklet about Rick Shiomi, the 2015 recipient of McKnight’s Distinguished Artist Award, is now available. The book features essays about his influence as a theater artist, director, musician, and mentor; a chronology of his work and life; and photographs.

Right Tools, Right Time: The Rise of Impact Investing

McKnight’s vice president of finance and compliance Rick Scott (retired in June 2019) was recently interviewed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s (GSAM) Perspectives magazine about the Foundation’s impact investing program. An abridged version is reprinted here with permission; the full interview is available at GSAM online. Q&A with Rick Scott, Vice President of Finance and Compliance …

Looking Beyond Impact Investing to Support Climate Solutions

The following blog post originally appeared at Stanford Social Innovation Review. It is reprinted here with permission in its entirety. A four-point framework for funders to advance a low-carbon future using their entire endowment. Anticipation is building as world leaders converge at the international climate conference in Paris to address global warming. This will be …

The Road Through Paris: Building a Low-Carbon Economy with Investing and Philanthropy

This week, all eyes are on Paris as world leaders gather at the UN climate summit to tackle the greatest challenge of our generation. McKnight president Kate Wolford will be part of the historic event, joining a delegation of investors working to build low-carbon investment opportunities. While a strong international agreement is absolutely essential, we must …

Who’s Making the Grade? The Nature Conservancy Offers a Report Card on the Mississippi River Watershed

For the first time ever, detailed information about the 31-state Mississippi River Watershed, or America’s Watershed, has been compiled, analyzed and graded in a “Report Card” released October 14, 2015. The Report Card measures six broad goals — water supply; transportation; flood control and risk reduction; the economy; recreation; and ecosystem health — all important …

Valuing Artists: The McKnight Artist Fellowships

A Long Tradition of Honoring Artists Here at The McKnight Foundation, the annual celebration of McKnight Artist Fellows is one of our favorite evenings of the year. In September, we celebrated the new 2015 cohort of 42 talented artists along with the eight administrative partners that make our program possible. The event is a chance for …

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