McKnight Foundation

McKnight Foundation

To improve the quality of life for present and future generations.


The McKnight Foundation was created in 1953 by long-time 3M Corporation president William L. McKnight and his wife, Maude L. McKnight. Although one of the country's largest foundations, it is anchored in one state, Minnesota, and is still under the direction of a family board. Its grantmaking, primarily in Minnesota, funds programs focused on the arts, children and families, as well as responsible local and regional growth. Internationally, McKnight initiatives support social and economic growth in Africa and Southeast Asia. In December 2006, Kathryn Wolford, former president of Lutheran World Relief, became president of the foundation.

Outstanding Web Features:
Redesigned in 2005, the McKnight Foundation's Web site has a number of new features, including a Nonprofit Management Toolkit and the quarterly Closer Look, which incorporates various foundation program strategies into reader-friendly stories. The site also details the work of the Minnesota Initiative Foundations — philanthropic organizations created by McKnight in 1986 to help strengthen six regions in Minnesota outside the Twin Cities metro area — as well as foundation-funded research in crop development, neuroscience, and other current program areas. Users will also find a collection of editorials, interviews, and speeches by McKnight staff that articulate the foundation's positions on community, regional, and state concerns; additional resources, including publications and Web sites of interest; and a virtual tour of the foundation's new "green" offices.

President: Kathryn Wolford
Main Office:
710 South Second Street, Suite 400
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
Tel: (612) 333-4220
Tel: (612) 332-3833
Organization: mcknight foundation