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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.

Embracing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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 […]

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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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