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Program Director of Arts

Position Summary The McKnight Foundation seeks an experienced philanthropic leader to guide its renowned Arts grantmaking program, which supports working artists and the organizations that help them advance artistically and professionally. This role oversees strategy development and execution of the Arts grantmaking process, leads Arts-based initiatives, and develops partnerships and collaborations that enable sector-wide capacity …

McKnight Welcomes Nichol Higdon as Vice President of Finance and Operations

Following a national search, the McKnight Foundation has named Nichol Higdon as its new vice president of finance and operations. Higdon comes to McKnight after 12 years in senior executive leadership roles serving YMCAs, specializing in human resources, operations, fundraising, and board and community engagement. She joins the Foundation at a time of transformation as …

McKnight Awards $1.2 Million for Study of Memory and Cognitive Disorders

December 3, 2019 The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience has selected four projects to receive the 2020 Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards. The awards will total $1.2 million over three years for research on the biology of brain diseases, with each project receiving $300,000 between 2020 and 2023. The Memory and Cognitive Disorders (MCD) Awards …

Communications Manager

The McKnight Foundation seeks an experienced communications manager to help us leverage the power of strategic communications to advance the mission of the Foundation and our program goals. This person will be joining at a critical moment in the Foundation’s history to contribute to an exciting new strategic direction, grounded in the values and approaches …

Blue Marble Evaluation: Thinking in Transformational Ways at a Time When We Urgently Need To

This article by International program director Jane Maland Cady was originally published by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food and adapted here with permission. Summary: The McKnight Foundation has supported the first of the Blue Marble Evaluation innovators — from Michael Quinn Patton and the World Savvy team, to the evaluators embedded in …

Blue Marble Evaluation: Without Principles and Frameworks, We Can Miss Out on the Learning

This article by Claire Nicklin was originally published by the Global Alliance for the Future of Food and adapted here with permission. Summary: Writing on the day of the launch of Blue Marble Evaluation: Premises and Principles in Minneapolis, Claire Nicklin, Representante Regional for the McKnight Foundation, shares her thoughts about how Blue Marble has provided the Collaborative …

Debby Landesman

Debby Landesman has served on McKnight’s board of directors since 2011, becoming board chair in 2018. She has extensive experience in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, having owned and operated a philanthropic consulting service which worked with a wide range of corporate and private foundation clients. She has served as executive director of the Levi …

Equitable Communities

Equitable Communities Equity is one of the four core values in the McKnight Foundation’s Strategic Framework. It is a value we challenge ourselves to uphold in our internal policies and practices, and it is a value that guides us as we imagine the change we want to see in our broader society. This deeply held value …

What Will it Take to Build an Equitable Minnesota?

First Steps in Launching Our New Program This fall, McKnight announced a new program that seeks to advance a more equitable and inclusive Minnesota. The goal: Build a vibrant future for all Minnesotans with shared power, prosperity, and participation. We chose three focus areas: economic mobility, equitable development, and civic engagement, and we all agreed …

Community Focus Areas

Community Focus Areas In September 2019, the McKnight Foundation announced a new community-focused program to advance equity and inclusion in Minnesota. The goal: Build a vibrant future for all Minnesotans with shared power, prosperity, and participation. To build this vibrant future, this new program will honor and build upon what we’ve learned from the work we’ve supported …

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