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Kate Wolford
Kate Wolford
Kate Wolford is president of The McKnight Foundation. Read her bio and follow her on Twitter @KateWolford.

Let’s Embrace Our Philanthropic Fiduciary Duty

  Below is president Kate Wolford’s essay, “Let’s Embrace Our Philanthropic Fiduciary Duty,” originally published in the “Center for Effective Philanthropy’s report CEO Reflections on the Future of Foundation Philanthropy.” The Future of Foundation Philanthropy highlights “promising practices” in philanthropy, such as providing long-term general operating support, offering greater transparency, and learning from grantees. Agreed. […]

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Courageous Tenants Point the Way

  Tenants in south Minneapolis recently won an important victory in the pursuit of justice. It may be the most recent case to reveal the substandard housing conditions of many low-income renters, but it’s hardly an isolated situation. Even as we are encouraged by this court ruling, we must recognize that lawsuits alone cannot create […]

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Chronicle of Philanthropy: Fighting Global Climate Change Requires Foundations to Give Local

  The following op-ed originally appeared at The Chronicle of Philanthropy. With permission, it is reprinted here in its entirety. By James E. Canales and Kate Wolford Climate change is one of the most urgent challenges of our time — so pressing it brought nearly 170 nations together this spring to sign a landmark agreement. While […]

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Transparency for Impact

  If my email inbox had a theme in the past few weeks, it’s been transparency. The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) just released a report called Sharing What Matters: Foundation Transparency. In a blog post upon its release, Ellie Buteau, CEP’s vice president of research, called for “a more nuanced conversation about transparency in […]

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Working Toward Equity, Sustainability in 2016 and Beyond

New Year Reflections from Kate Wolford As we begin a new year, I am very mindful of the awesome responsibility and privilege that we have in advancing the mission of The McKnight Foundation. We have a diverse and robust portfolio of program interests, all pointing toward a goal of strengthening socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable communities. […]

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