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.
February 2016 - This wide-ranging research project by the National Endowment for the Arts builds on a 2003 report by the Urban Institute which developed a conceptual framework for understanding the major domains of support that artists need.
Tags: artists, arts, support structures
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
People, Place, and Possibility: McKnight's International Program
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
December 2015 - Packard Foundation report providing a brief overview of the Foundation’s history and approach to
mission investing and an outline of lessons that have emerged.
Tags: impact investing, mission investing
Rick Shiomi: 2015 McKnight Distinguished Artist
December 2015 - Commemorative booklet featuring essays about Rick Shiomi's influence as a theater artist, musician, and mentor; a chronology of his work and life; and photographs.
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Tags: arts, DAA, Mu, Rick Shiomi, taiko
December 1, 2015 - Created in conjunction with the UN climate summit in Paris, this brief outlines how McKnight's climate investing and grantmaking programs work hand-in-glove. PDF, 187KB
Tags: climate, general, impact investing
November 2015 - The Global Investor Statement sets out the contributions that institutional investors can make to increasing low carbon and climate resilient investment. It offers practical proposals on how our contribution may be scaled up through appropriate government action.
Tags: climate, impact investing
October 2015 - A new McKnight-funded report from the University of Minnesota's Extension Water Resources details connections between land use, runoff, and water quality in rural landscapes.
Tags: Mississippi, rural, water management
October 2015 - Lecture from New America Foundation, addressing the importance of 3rd grade literacy as an early indicator of children’s likelihood of graduating from high school and succeeding in college and career.
Tags: early literacy, education & learning, video
2015 - History, overview, and detailed information about this discrete research program, consisting of three competitive annual awards.
September 2015 - Report detailing the origins and history of the Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP), from the early 1990s to the present.
Tags: CCRP, crop research, international
September 18, 2015 - New report on what the state can do to empower regional solutions to advance economic growth and prosperity. Produced from a multi-year collaboration between the Brookings Institution and the MN Dept of Employment and Economic Development.
Tags: economic growth, region
September 2015 - Study by the University of Maryland's Devos Institute for Arts Management on the past, present, and future of African American and Latino museums, dance companies, and theater companies
Tags: arts, Devos, racial equity
September 2015 - Report by New America's Early Education Initiative examines how Minnesota is working to improve PreK-3rd grade alignment.
Tags: early literacy, education & learning
March 2016 - The Treasury Department recently released a guidance
recognizing that foundations are increasingly aligning their investment
decisions with their charitable purposes, and clarifies that this alignment can
be part of a prudent investment policy.
Tags: impact investing, treasury