Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

January 12, 2018, 9:04 am

Photo credit: Northside Achievement Zone

A Letter from Kate Wolford as McKnight Releases a Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dear friends,

As we honor the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I’ve been reflecting on the vision of racial justice and equal opportunity he sought to achieve.

While we have made progress over the decades, our society still judges people by the color of their skin, and our laws, systems, and cultural norms still do not give everyone the same life chances. This is wrong. It is unacceptable. We can and must do better.

It is in this spirit that I share The McKnight Foundation’s new statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), which our board unanimously adopted.
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The Imperative for Change

December 12, 2017, 8:30 am

 

The following is the first public statement from the Racial Equity Funders Collaborative.  As member of this collective, the McKnight Foundation Arts Team has joined with other Twin Cities arts funders to address disparities in arts funding and to develop strategies for advancing racial equity in philanthropy.  Here is our collective statement about the imperative for change.

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New CEP Report Features Sarah Lovan

November 20, 2017, 1:14 am

The following excerpt is an interview with arts program officer Sarah Lovan from a new CEP report called Relationships Matter. Sarah was among the most highly-rated program officers in CEP’s Grantee Perception Reports.

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Preparing Teachers for Increasingly Diverse Classrooms

November 1, 2017, 12:02 am

After McKnight made the decision to end the Pathway Schools Initiative last November, we understood that the data and research gathered from the experience presented a powerful learning opportunity for the Foundation and our partners in the field. We committed to combing through the initiative’s data and stories in search of insights that could inform our future work and benefit others who want to improve teaching and learning across our state. We tapped Bellwether Education Partners to generate a series of lessons from the initiative and create an online resource to share them with other funders, educators, and policymakers.

At the launch of this new site, we share an excerpt of Bellwether’s findings on our blog. For a full synopsis of lessons learned to date, we encourage you to visit and share the new site Supporting Minnesota Educators. Bellwether will update content on the site throughout the year.

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Sustainability Focus, Extraordinary Performance

October 16, 2017, 8:09 am

On Reaching New Milestones

Humming the iconic bars to Pomp & Circumstance, the McKnight investment team celebrated the “graduation” of its first impact investment. On October 2, an early market-rate mission-related investment — Generation’s Global Equity Fund — “graduated” from the experimental impact portfolio to the main $2.2 billion endowment. Increasing our original $25 million to a $75 million investment is proof that our impact investing program can have financial success. 

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