Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

Building Communities of Practice in Crop Research

  To spur change at the systems level, it is critical to involve many individuals and institutions that work within that system, facilitating the sharing of information and knowledge. This has been a core belief of McKnight’s Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) for many years. Our assessment, however, is that cross-sector collaboration, learning, and networking have […]

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Living our Values by Listening to our Grantees

  In our Strategic Framework, we outline four key values at The McKnight Foundation: Accountability, Innovation, Integrity, and Respect. We take these values seriously, and do our best to intentionally incorporate each of them into our grantmaking and other business. When we say respect, we mean that we listen to diverse perspectives; we approach relationships […]

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Collaborative Crop Research Program Looks Back

  New report reviews three decades of strengthening food security Since the early 1980s, The McKnight Foundation has funded agricultural research around the globe with the goal to help farmers feed their families and communities. A recently completed history of the Collaborative Crop Research Program (CCRP) delves into the origins of the program from the […]

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Kate Wolford: Shift to impact investing borne of deep commitment, rigorous debate

This March, McKnight announced its commitment to invest an initial $200 million, roughly 10% of current endowment assets, across four strands of impact investing. On the heels of a relatively quiet year of board and staff learning and program design, we have plunged into the vortex of an incredibly dynamic field of activity. I’ve been […]

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Kate Wolford: Living McKnight’s Strategic Framework

In two earlier posts, I referenced The McKnight Foundation’s Strategic Framework. A core premise of the Framework is that the social and environmental issues we address are complex and dynamic. The systems we influence are also complex, interlocking, and often sub-optimal or dysfunctional in relation to our goals. And although we deploy a robust toolkit […]

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