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McKnight Foundation

 

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Organization Information


Organization: McKnight Foundation

Sector: Foundation

Organization Mission: The McKnight Foundation’s Impact Investing program is working to align our endowment with our grantmaking. With $200 million — 10% of the $2 billion endowment — the Foundation will make prudent investments that: Accelerate the growth of a cleaner, low-carbon economy. Contribute to a thriving, sustainable metro area. Restore water quality and resilience of the Mississippi River. We are also driving change through the main body of our endowment through fund manager assessment and a new low-carbon investment

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The McKnight Foundation is unusual in being one of the country's largest foundations while remaining anchored in one state and still under the direction of the family board.

Program interests include regional economic and community development, Minnesota’s arts and artists, early literacy, youth development, Midwest climate and energy, Mississippi River water quality, neuroscience research, international crop research, and rural livelihoods. Our primary geographic focus is the state of Minnesota, with significant support also directed to strategies throughout the U.S. and in Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the foundation had assets of approximately $2.2 billion and granted about $88 million in 2014.

 


Related News and Status


 

Status Reports / News 
Related PlanScape Status on: Sustainability, STEM, Technology Enablement
November 13, 2020: County of Olmsted, MN Covid CARES Funding

(1) Nonprofit grant with RAF (2) SMB grant with RAEDI (3) CARES Act Funds allocation.

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October 10, 2020: Competition vs Collaboration

The challenge is to coordinate the logic models of each of these anchor projects. 

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September 22, 2020: Intercultural Cities Initiative (ICI) Major Milestone

(1) City Council approved ICI Resolution (2) City Council Study Session on ICI Index  

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September 09, 2020: Connecting emmright with Collider

OpenBeam arranged a meeting between emmright and Collider. Good potential to collaborate especially in the Collider's Navigator program. 

 

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August 20, 2020: Another Milestone with ICI

   The City of Rochester, in partnership with the Diversity Council and others, announced the release of the draft Intercultural Cities Initiative program index report and an upcoming virtual site visit. 

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August 14, 2020: Building Out Rochester Area Non-profit Consortium Update

 Rochester Area Non-profit Consortium Updates: Future Planning, Funding Opportunities, Shared Services/Resources

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August 06, 2020: Spring, Summer 2020 issues of Nonprofit News

 As the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN) works to provide all nonprofit organizations, leaders, and workers access to valuable information during the challenging early weeks of COVID-19, we are happy to share the Spring 2020 issue of Nonprofit News with MCN members and nonmembers alike in a convenient digital format.

 

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July 13, 2020: Rochester Area Non-profit Consortium July 2020 Accomplishments

 Nonprofit Consortium-led accomplishments in the COVID-19 response.

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June 23, 2020: Rochester Nonprofit Consortium Commits to Racial Justice

Offering a collective, community-wide commitment to action, Rochester Nonprofit Consortium leads a Collaborative Response to Racial Equity

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Impacts

The work of this organization may have impacts on the following areas:

PlanScape

Lvl 1: Sustainability ; STEM ; Technology Enablement

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Known Collaborators

Onboard Collaborators: DMC EDA

 

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Organization Life Cycle Assessment (Pause, Startup, Steady, Isolated Impact, Collective Impact  Unknown)

Collective Impact

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  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that dmcbeam.org will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community, dmcbeam.org's  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. dmcbeam.org could be an interesting first step.

Definitions
The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
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