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The McKnight Foundation’s primary commitment is to support the people, places and possibilities that help our state and our world create a more vibrant future for all. We believe reviewing input gathered through multiple channels – both about our work and about the ever-changing context in which it occurs – is our best route to constantly adapt and improve our strategies for greater external impact.
July 2016 - The MN Challenge to Lower the Cost of Affordable Housing is an idea competition co-sponsored by Minnesota Housing, The McKnight Foundation, Urban Land Institute of Minnesota, Regional Council of Mayors, and Enterprise Community Partners. The goal is to support innovative, interdisciplinary problem solving resulting in a systematic concept that lowers the cost of developing affordable housing in Minnesota.
Tags: housing, region
July 2016 - One-page overview of the Pathway Schools Initiative, part of the early literacy focus area of our Education & Learning program.PDF, 216 KB
Tags: early literacy
June 2016 - About Community, Not a Commute tells the story of the community’s journey toward realizing that vision of opportunities for all — in particular, the role of public funding joined with private philanthropy in the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative. The Funders Collaborative served as both a cushion and a lubricant in the complex multi-sector effort to ensure the rail project delivered benefits to the communities beyond the rail.
June 13, 2016 - Part of McKnight's Food for Thought series, a new essay by Jay Walljasper exploring opportunities and challenges in Brainerd, Fergus Falls, and other communities in the northwest corner of Minnesota.
Tags: food for thought, MIFs
June 2016 - The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative (2007 – 2016) was an innovative partnership supported by 14 local and national foundations seeking to create a “corridor of opportunity” along Minneapolis and Saint Paul’s Green Line Light Rail Transit (LRT).
Tags: evaluation, region
June 9, 2016 - A new McKnight-funded report from the University of Minnesota Energy Transition Lab — in partnership with the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the Labovitz School of Business and Economics — looks at projected job creation in northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin if a range of biomass and solar projects come to fruition.
Tags: biomass, employment, solar
May 2016 - Opportunities for integrated transit planning and workforce development. Report by Yingling Fan, Andrew Guthrie, and Kirti Vardhan Das, produced at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota,
with support from Hennepin County, the Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation, and
The McKnight Foundation.
Tags: jobs, workforce development
May 2016 - The McKnight Foundation's 2015 "at-a-glance" annual report, sharing stories of our commitment to sustainability from across all of our work.
Tags: annual report, general
May 2016 - This case study examines the challenges and lessons learned during the 10-month development of the Carbon Efficiency Strategy, a joint venture between Mellon Capital Management and The McKnight Foundation, offering carbon-conscious investors a way to invest in companies whose practices could reduce carbon emissions. Report websiteDownload PDF
Tags: carbon efficiency, impact investing
May 2016 - A set of shared metrics that will track the region’s change on critical economic, environmental, and social outcomes. A project of Greater MSP, the Minneapolis St. Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership
Tags: evaluation, region, transit
May 18, 2016 - The sixth edition of the GIIN Annual Impact Investor Survey is based on an analysis of the activities of 158 of the world’s leading impact investing organizations, including fund managers, foundations, banks, development finance institutions, family offices, pension funds, and insurance companies.
Tags: impact investing
April 2016 - A McKnight-supported survey of clean energy employment in 12
Midwestern states. The region currently employs 568,979 workers in
sectors including renewable energy generation, clean transmission,
energy efficiency, clean fuels, and advanced transportation.
Tags: clean jobs, climate
March 2016 - Developed in partnership with the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs at the University of Minnesota, this report explores the perspectives and experiences of working artists of color and is designed to inform our philanthropic planning and practices in the arts.
Tags: arts, diversity, race
February 2016 - This learning brief summarizes the evaluation team's investigation of the knowledge, skills, and resources teachers use to advance students through the STEP assessment tool, one metric used to determine progress in our early literacy focus area.
Tags: evaluation, literacy
February 2016 - Commissioned by McKnight, Jay Walljasper's latest report in our Food for Thought series looks at the opportunities and challenges facing Northeast Minnesota, exploring communities north of the metro area and east of Brainerd and Bemidji.
Tags: food for thought, Greater MN, MIFs
January 20, 2016 - In 2015, Grantmakers in the Arts board of directors approved this statement of purpose for their
work in racial equity in arts philanthropy to increase arts funding for ALAANA (African, Latino(a),
Asian, Arab, and Native American) artists, arts organizations, children, and adults.
Tags: arts, GIA, racial equity
February 2016 - A new McKnight-funded report from Environmental Working Group explores how and why voluntary programs fail to clean up dirty water.
Tags: Mississippi, river, stream buffers, watershed
January 2016 - We all need access to nutritious food and sustainable ways to manage natural resources. This image book invites you to experience how diverse communities are working to better meet such needs, supported by McKnight's international grantmaking program.
Tags: CCRP, international, photography