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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.

 


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Status Reports / News 
Related PlanScape Status on: Sustainability, STEM, Technology Enablement
June 17, 2021: Sustainable, Resilient Rochester

Sustainability Task Force: Presentations to CMRC, Housing and Feedback from survey and action plan

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May 28, 2021: Targeted Business Enterprise Utilization Plan

2021-05-28 News: Msg from JJ,;  May 2021 TB Report;  ACG pledge , 

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April 27, 2021: Minnesota Compass

OpenBeam presentation at MN Compass, RPL workshop

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March 07, 2021: City of Rochester, MN - Covid Impacts and Branding

(1) Study Session (2) Covid Impact  (3) Unify branding of City departments and teammates

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February 15, 2021: Microsoft Office 365 Cloud Usage Enablement (OpenBeam's Learning Journey)

 From the beginning to now, it was a painful and revealing story to learn about the power, complexity and the potential of MS Office 365. 

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February 03, 2021: Destination Medical Center (DMC)

DMCC Feb.3, 2021 Board Meeting and joint leaders meeting

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November 21, 2020: November 2020 DMCC Board Meeting

(1) November 2020 Board Meeting (2) 5 Year DMC Plan Updates and Covid Effects

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November 20, 2020: DMC Transportation Plan - Circular

DMC EDA Webinar October, 2020 and DMCC Board Voted in favor of staff recommendations 2019

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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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Lvl 1: Sustainability ; STEM ; Technology Enablement

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Onboard Collaborators: DMC EDA

 

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