Archive for the ‘Region & Communities’ Category

Twenty-five Years of Philanthropic & Private Sector Partnerships in Minneapolis-St. Paul

  The following blog post first appeared in Living Cities’ “Closing the Racial Gaps,” a compendium of essays highlighting ongoing efforts across the country that show promise of contributing to closing opportunity gaps. Throughout The McKnight Foundation’s 63-year history, we have always held that strong partnerships across sectors are at the heart of creating lasting change and […]

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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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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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Transit Ideas in Motion

  Transit Options Lead to Savings, Better Health, Cleaner Air We are in a golden age for transportation alternatives in the Twin Cities. No longer are commuters limited to merely one gas-guzzling option. In a few short years, the metro region has seen two light rail lines and a growing number of new bus rapid […]

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