The McKnight Foundation supports the people, places and possibilities that help create a more vibrant future for all. We review input gathered through multiple channels – both about our work and about the ever-changing context in which it occurs – to constantly adapt and improve our strategies for greater impact. This collection of resources includes documents about our grantmaking, including annual reports and program guidelines; reports we have commissioned or funded; and external resources that inform our work.
Tags: CCRP, crop research, international
The project showed that investments in agriculture can have a significant impact, but it is necessary to invest in the development of human resources, to have suitable policies in place, and to ensure engagement of government and private institutions PDF
How can programs and
organizations ensure they are adhering to core principles—and assess whether
doing so is yielding desired results?
Tags: CCRP, international
September 2017 - Updated Ceres report, co-funded by McKnight. How the food sector is managing global water risks, a benchmarking report for investors.ceres.org
Tags: river, water quality
History, overview, and detailed information about this discrete research program, consisting of three competitive annual awards.
This report summarizes the main findings of the recent research, revisiting the reasons
why addressing diversity and equity issues in the cultural sector matters more than ever
and reviewing six key findings related to national and local patterns of funding distribution,
the demographics of people making funding decisions, and the distinct issues facing
cultural organizations whose primary artistic mission is to serve communities of color or
low-income communities. It concludes with suggestions for how to speed progress toward
a more inclusive and equitable system of cultural philanthropy.
Tags: arts, philanthropy, racial equity
May 2017 - Who has the power to make positive change? Our resounding answer is everyone
. Our new annual report features nine stories of transformation by the inspiring change agents McKnight supports.
Tags: annual report, general
April 2017 - In a new webinar hosted by Food Tank, International program director Jane Maland Cady discusses how farmer-centered research powers ecological solutions.
Tags: crop research
April 2017 - Mississippi River program staff give an overview of McKnight's revised program guidelines, new theory of change, and a fresh approach that complements tried and true tactics.
February 2017 - In one of the few national representative ongoing surveys available on a wide scale, new measures provide context to the public discourse about Minnesota's creative communities, providing comparisons between states, regions, and communities.
Peer to Peer: At the Heart of Influencing More Effective Philanthropy
February 13, 2017 - William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's new, first-of-its-kind study of how U.S. foundations access and use knowledge about effective philanthropy. McKnight president Kate Wolford is among the contributing philanthropic leaders. The McKnight Foundation's case study appears in Appendix B, page 32, of the full report.
February 2017 - Surdna Foundation's new report on the results of their investigation of impact investing. Using their own experience as a case study and guide, the report focuses on how to organize a generative process to learn about and discuss aligning investments with mission.
Tags: impact investing
January 2017 - Together
with the Economic Development Association of Minnesota and GREATER MSP,
Minnesota Brownfields is pleased to share a McKnight-funded report on the value of Minnesota's
Redevelopment Grant & Demolition Loan Program, administered by the
Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development.
January 17, 2017 - This new series on impact investing, produced by Stanford Social Innovation Review in partnership with Mission Investors Exchange, explores what’s next in the field and what can be learned from some of the most innovative foundations.
Tags: impact investing
December 2016 - 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.
Tags: CEP, general, impact investing
December 2016 - McKnight-funded report on the water quality and river health in the Metro Mississippi River, authored by the National Park Service and Friends of the Mississippi River.
December, 2016 - In the final installment of McKnight's Food for Thought series, Jay Walljasper explores how rural Minnesota communities are bucking the stereotype of small town malaise, instead thriving through innovation and creative partnership
Tags: food for thought, MIFs