The McKnight Foundation: Quarterly Digest
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McKnight approves $26.9 million in 3rd quarter 2014 grantmaking
September 19, 2014 - The McKnight Foundation awarded 92 grants totaling $26,959,000 to 85 organizations in its third-quarter 2014 grantmaking. Information about individual grants is available here.

Of the $26.9 million total approved, nearly $1.3 million went to 14 McKnight grantee organizations
that are mission-driven to support working artists, with capacity and systems in place to develop and share their work. Among these, Arts Midwest received $170,000 for ArtsLab, a unique program that has provided training, mentoring, and peer learning opportunities to artist-led organizations over the past 14 years; the Playwrights' Center received $160,000 for its ongoing mission to foster new play development and career advancement for playwrights; Studio 206 received $100,000 for general operating support and for The Gymnasium project, a consortium of creative risk-takers aiming to incubate ideas and connections across disciplines and fields; and TU Dance received $90,000 for ongoing support of its annual offerings of critically acclaimed and diverse dance performances. (All grants described here are for two years.)

"Artists are among Minnesota's leaders when it comes to creatively adapting to changing times and new opportunities," says Ted Staryk, McKnight's board chair.
"McKnight commends organizations like these and many others which continue to push the possibilities for artists to new heights."

The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, collaboration, and encouragement of strategic policy reform. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota-based family foundation had assets of approximately $2 billion and granted about $86 million in 2013. Learn more at, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Featured McKnight News

RACs meet artists where they live, work

Arts program officer Sarah Lovan looks at the history and impact of Minnesota's Regional Arts Councils, and their vital role in helping realize the Foundation's belief that Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive.

Read Sarah's post

McKnight workplace is "Great Rated!"

In August, McKnight received a Great Rated! designation from the Great Place to Work Institute. Based on an organization-wide survey of McKnight staff, the rating reflects the Foundation's positive workplace culture.

Learn more

Ten Years of Learning in the Andes

Two new case study reports detail the impact over time of the McKnight Collaborative Crop Research program in the Andes "community of practice," and investigate the potential for future improvements.

Read the reports

News & Views Roundup
Elizabeth McGeveran is hired as McKnight's Impact Investing Program Director, a new position at the Foundation.
Beyond Subprime Learninga New America's Early Education Initiative report about early education policy — tying in with McKnight's efforts at home — is released. 

Two case studies showcase the impact of McKnight's Collaborative Crop Research Program over 10 years of learning and collaboration in the Andes.
Neal St. Anthony writes in the Star Tribune about McKnight grantee Community Reinvestment Fund offering creative new tools to help finance small firms.
Mississippi River program officer Mark Muller blogs: Small business owners value clean water and support strong rules.
Vice President Neal Cuthbert looks at The Human Capital Landscape for Twin Cities Teachers, a McKnight-supported report by Urban Teacher Residency United. 
With McKnight support, the U.S. Water Alliance releases Coming Together to Protect Mississippi River Watersheds, about cross-sector collaboration for nutrient progress.

McKnight honors six Minnesotans for their compassion and dedication with the 2014 Virginia McKnight Binger Awards in Human Service.
Arts program officer Sarah Lovan blogs about Minnesota's Regional Arts Councils and their impact on the lives and careers of our state's artists.
Midwest Climate & Energy director Aimee Wittemann shares her perspective on a new report from the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board.
Beth Hawkins of MinnPost examines the challenges and opportunities of early literacy education in Minnesota today, and McKnight-supported efforts to help.
McKnight president Kate Wolford appears in "Planting Creativity: Artists, Place, & Transit," a new Springboard / TPT video about creative placemaking.
McKnight celebrates the recipients of the 2014 McKnight Artist Fellowships at a private reception at the end of the month.

October 15: Quarterly deadline for initial inquiries to the Arts and Region & Communities grant programs.

November 1: Quarterly deadline for initial inquiries to the Mississippi River grant program.

The McKnight Foundation is currently hiring for two positions: Accounting Assistant and Investment Assistant.
Applications for the 2015 McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience Scholar Awards are now being accepted.
Now on view in McKnight's Cynthia Binger Boynton lobby gallery: The Fine Print — Artwork from Highpoint Editions.

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