The McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation was established in Minneapolis during 1953 by William L. McKnight and his wife, Maude L. mcKnight.

The foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, coalition-building, and encouragement of strategic policy reform.

The foundation makes grants in support of children and youth, region and communities, the environment, the arts, neuroscience research, and selected international efforts.

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$2,014,523,000 - 2010-12-31
$2,213,867,840 - 2006-12-31


$135,182,000 - 2010-12-31
$93,361,643 - 2006-12-31

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Recent News from McKnight Foundation

Progress MN: McKnight Foundation
Foundation: Knight Foundation, McKnight Foundation

“In each of these neighborhoods we support a cluster of organizations that are in relationship with one another, so it's more like an ecosystem where everyone can bring their talents and create a...more

McKnight Foundation awards $30000 to local art center
Foundation: Knight Foundation, McKnight Foundation

According to Bergh, covering the cost of occupancy and other general operating expenses is vital for the center to perform its existing programming, which includes but is not limited to youth arts...more

Family Philanthropy and social media
Foundation: Knight Foundation, McKnight Foundation

Are you interested in using social media for conversation and outreach? Kate Wolford from the McKnight Foundation explains why social media is a great tool for foundations to use to interact with...more

The Regional Funders Backing Early Childhood Learning—With a Twist
Foundation: Helios Education Foundation, Initiative Foundation, Knight Foundation, Northwest Minnesota Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, McKnight Foundation, William Penn Foundation, West Central Initiative

It also well predates the recent surge of philanthropic interest in this area. The foundations' commitment to early childhood education started back in 2003 with a gift from the McKnight Foundation....more

An encore performance: John Paulson Big Band's free Sunday show at Winona State to be turned ...
Foundation: Knight Foundation, McKnight Foundation

The term “big band” dates back to the 1910s, starting as accompaniment for dancing, and was a staple in the rise of jazz music and swing during the 1940s. ... to make another CD probably wouldn't...more

Student, elder programs get grants
Foundation: Knight Foundation, McKnight Foundation

Created in 1986 by the McKnight Foundation, the Northland Foundation is a regional foundation serving the seven-county area of Koochiching, Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Lake, and St. Louis...more

Around the Arts, December 17
Foundation: Knight Foundation, McKnight Foundation

BEMIDJI—The deadline to apply for The Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grant Program, made available with funding from the McKnight Foundation, is Jan. 15. The program provides financial...more

Night of Improvised Music at the Black Dog: Nathan Hanson Trio, Lease-Moriarty Quartet on ...
Foundation: Jerome Foundation , Knight Foundation, McKnight Foundation

He has received Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grants, McKnight Foundation Fellowships, a State Arts Board Grant, and a West Bank School...more

O'Shaughnessy wins $145000 Knight Foundation grant to collaborate with Rosy Simas Danse and ...
Foundation: Knight Foundation, McKnight Foundation

When the McKnight Foundation put out a call this January for “the best” arts ideas in St. Paul, it received hundreds of submissions. Among them, a...more

3rd Quarter 2017 Grantmaking Highlights
Foundation: Knight Foundation, McKnight Foundation

The McKnight Foundation awarded 51 grants totaling $11,642,000 in its third-quarter 2017 grantmaking. Of the $11.6 million approved, $445,000...more

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