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Equity in Action: A Progress Report from the McKnight Foundation

July 1, 2021

When the McKnight Foundation presented its first-ever public diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement for board approval in late 2017, one board member wisely reflected, "These are beautiful words. I just hope we can back it up with action."We couldn't agree more.Aspiration must transform into action because our communities deserve more than good intentions. We know our credibility rests on a "say-do" continuum, meaning our actions must be consistent with our stated values. Who we are and how we act inside the Foundation's walls must align with the change we expect of others in the outside world.At McKnight, we are indeed backing up our aspirational words with action. This report lifts up some examples of shifts we've made at the Foundation to tilt toward equity in the three years since the board approved the DEI statement.

The McKnight Foundation Southeast Asia Grants Program, 1983-2011

January 23, 2018

Composed of individual recollections and historical data, this report is meant to serve as part of the "institutional memory" of McKnight's Southeast Asia grants program.

Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative: Supporting Minnesota’s Youngest Citizens Lessons Learned 2003-2006

January 23, 2018

The story of the early childhood coalitions organized by the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations in Greater Minnesota.

Fact Sheet: Pathway Schools Initiative

January 23, 2018

One-page overview of the Pathway Schools Initiative, part of the early literacy focus area of our Education & Learning program.

The Phosphorus Efficient Bean Project: Successes, Lessons, and Good Practices in Agroecological Intensification

September 1, 2017

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

Mississippi River Program Update

April 1, 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.

Research for Resilience: How Farmer Centered Research Powers Ecological Solutions

April 1, 2017

Jane Maland Cady, Director of the International Program at The McKnight Foundation, joined Food Tank to host a webinar on April 12, titled "Research for Resilience: How Farmer Centered Research Powers Ecological Solutions."The talk discussed how to increase food security in some of the most chronically malnourished places around the world through tapping into the undervalued wisdom of local farmers and the underestimated power of ecological solutions.Since the early 1980s, The McKnight Foundation has funded agricultural research around the globe with the goal to help farmers feed their families and communities. McKnight's Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) funds collaborative research between smallholder farmers, leading local researchers, and development practitioners to explore solutions for sustainable, local food systems. CCRP focuses its support in twelve countries on two continents where poverty and food insecurity have created "hunger hot spots."

MN Housing Measures 2012-2015

March 3, 2017

Minnesota housing measures from 2012-2015.

The Mcknight Foundation 2016 Annual Report

January 1, 2017

The McKnight Foundation 2016 Annual Report

Minnesota Brownfields: Redevelopment is Vital to Minnesota's Economy

January 1, 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.

Still Thriving: The Changing Face of Southwest and South Central Minnesota

December 1, 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

New Frontiers in Legume Research

October 11, 2016

A collection of case studies based on 10 years of research in Malawi, produced by the McKnight Collaborative Crop Research Program's Southern Africa community of practice.