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Eric Muschler
Eric Muschler
Eric Muschler is Region & Communities program officer at The McKnight Foundation. Read his bio and follow him on Twitter @emuschler.

Reflecting on a Decade of Investing Beyond Rails

  In February, an email popped up in my inbox that made my heart skip a beat. Funders Collaborative No Longer Seeking Funding Proposals Since our first grant in May 2008, the Funders Collaborative has made 155 grants worth more than $11.6 million.  With our sunset in five months, we have now obligated all of […]

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From Brownfields to Breweries

  Finding Possibility in Unlikely Places Why in the world would a foundation encourage the growth of breweries? The answer has nothing to do with beer and everything to do with the increasing need to attract millennial talent in our region as aging baby boomers retire and a labor shortage looms on the horizon. Breweries […]

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Eric Muschler: Exploring Unsubsidized Affordable Housing

This post originally appeared at The Edge, an online magazine from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Policy Development and Research.     Recently, the McKnight Foundation has been giving more consideration to what market orientation and scalability mean for our programs, policies, and grantmaking approach. In part this is an adaptive response […]

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Eric Muschler: Region’s long future depends on getting past fear, to progress

The Twin Cities metro is growing and changing — sometimes in ways that make people uncomfortable, even scared, to move forward. Throughout our region, on multiple fronts, we’re feeling growing pains that reflect both healthy growth and human trepidation. One obvious pain point is the proposal to run the Southwest LRT line through a narrow […]

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Eric Muschler: Traditional housing approaches won’t cut it, need to adapt and innovate

About six years ago, McKnight’s board established an evaluation framework to help the foundation understand the role our investments make in the context of the affordable housing system, as well as the larger forces that impact our grantees and partners. Having a shared analysis can help foster mutual accountability and directions necessary to maintain the desired […]

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