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Editor’s Note: McKnight Foundation makes a grant to MinnPost


I am thrilled and honored to report that the McKnight Foundation has awarded MinnPost a grant of $60,000 a year for two years for general operating support.

McKnight, one of the largest foundations in the country, joins the Knight Foundation, based in Miami, and the Blandin, Bremer and Minneapolis Foundations here in Minnesota as major grantmakers to MinnPost.

The president of the McKnight Foundation, Kate Wolford, explained their support for MinnPost: “The McKnight Foundation’s programs are meant to respond to community needs, help our partners collaborate, and inform decisionmaking for a better quality of life. In each strategy, MinnPost is a kindred spirit and a powerful ally. Especially at this time of great challenges, smart and trustworthy daily news is crucial to maintaining a healthy society. We are proud to support MinnPost’s innovative approach to high-quality nonprofit, non-partisan journalism.”

The grant was one of 112 that McKnight announced today for the second quarter of 2009, totaling more than $9.7 million.

Here is the Foundation’s announcement:

McKnight approves grants totaling over $9.7 million in second quarter of 2009, including $560,000 to improve the Mississippi River’s water quality

Contact: Tim Hanrahan, 612-333-4220,

The McKnight Foundation awarded 112 grants totaling $9,754,996 in its second-quarter 2009 grantmaking. Grant totals and representative grants are listed by program areas below.

Of the $9.7 million total approved, $560,000 went to three organizations working to reduce water pollution and increase restorative river management of the Mississippi River. American Rivers, Inc., headquartered in Washington, D.C., received $219,000 over two years for its work fostering more effective management policies for the Mississippi River; The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana of Baton Rouge received $230,000 over two years in support of its ongoing efforts to promote the restoration of the Mississippi River’s coastal delta; and Northern Illinois University, based in Dekalb, received $110,000 over two years for its work to increase enforcement of pollution regulations for concentrated livestock operations in Illinois.

“The Mississippi River is a vitally important natural resource,” says Robert J. Struyk, McKnight’s board chair. “Its magnitude and complex ecology make it vulnerable to pollution caused by the decisions and actions of people. Through the efforts of these organizations and others supported by McKnight, the health and quality of the Mississippi River is being protected, preserved and restored, to continue as a rich resource for generations to come.”

The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, coalition-building, and encouragement of strategic policy reform. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota-based Foundation has assets of approximately $1.6 billion and granted about $99 million in 2008. Program information and full grant descriptions are available at
ARTS — 24 GRANTS / $1,996,000. Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington; Coffee House Press, Mpls; Commonweal Theatre Company, Lanesboro; The Cornucopia Art Center, Inc., Lanesboro; Duluth Art Institute Association, Duluth; East Side Arts Council, St. Paul; Fergus Falls Center for the Arts, Inc., Fergus Falls; Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Mpls; IFP Minnesota, St. Paul (3); Kulture Klub Collaborative, Mpls; Link Vostok, Mpls; The Loft, Inc., Mpls; Lyric Arts Company of Anoka, Anoka; Minnesota Dance Theater & The Dance Institute, Mpls; Minnesota Orchestral Association, Mpls; MinnPost, Mpls; OverExposure, Mpls; Paramount Arts Resource Trust, Inc., St. Cloud; Plains Art Museum, Fargo, ND; Ragamala Music and Dance Theater, Mpls; Rochester Civic Theatre, Inc., Rochester; Walker Art Center, Mpls

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES — 52 GRANTS / $3,437,000. A Chance to Grow, Inc., Mpls; American Indians in Unity, St. Paul; Article Thirteen, Mpls; Athletes Committed to Educating Students, Mpls; Banyan Foundation, Mpls; Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, St. Paul; Bolder Options, Mpls; Build Wealth Minnesota, Inc., Mpls; Camp Fire USA, Minnesota Council, St. Paul; Casa de Esperanza, St. Paul; Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Mpls; Center for Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Mpls; Children’s Safety Center Network, St. Paul; City of Bloomington, Bloomington; Dakota County, Hastings; Dar Al-Hijrah Cultural Center, Mpls; DinoMights, Mpls; EMERGE Community Development, Mpls; Family Alternatives, Mpls; Friends of the Minnesota Conservation Corps, Maplewood; Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, St. Paul; Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc., St. Paul; In Progress, St. Paul; Independent School District 12, Circle Pines; InnerCity Tennis Foundation, Mpls; Jabbok Family Services, Mpls; Juxtaposition, Inc., Mpls; The Library Foundation of Hennepin County, Mpls; Lind Bohanon Neighborhood Association, Mpls; The Link, Mpls; Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, Mpls; Metropolitan Federation of Alternative Schools, Mpls; Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children, St. Paul; Minnesota Thunder P.L.U.S. – Partnering for Leadership & Urban Success, St. Paul; Neighborhood House, St. Paul; Oromo Community, Inc. Mpls., St. Paul, St. Paul; Peta Wakan Tipi, St. Paul; Pillsbury United Communities, Mpls; Plymouth Church Neighborhood Foundation, Mpls; Ready 4 K, St. Paul; Redeemer Center for Life, Inc., Mpls; Sanctuary Community Development Corporation, Mpls; Somali Education Center, Mpls; St. Paul Area Council of Churches, St. Paul; Tennis and Education, Inc., St. Paul; TVbyGIRLS, Mpls; Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation, Mpls; Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota, St. Paul; Way to Grow, Mpls; West Seventh Community Center, Inc., St. Paul; West Side Citizens Organization, St. Paul; Young Women’s Christian Association of St. Paul Minnesota, St. Paul

ENVIRONMENT — 12 GRANTS / $1,359,000. American Rivers, Inc., Washington, DC; The Center for Rural Affairs, Lyons, NE; The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, Baton Rouge, LA; Conservation Minnesota, Mpls; Great River Greening, St. Paul; Historic St. Paul, St. Paul; Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Rochester, IL; Living Lands and Waters Restoration Organization, East Moline, IL; Minnesota Waters, St. Cloud; Mississippi River Corridor Tennessee, Memphis, TN; Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL; River Alliance of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

INTERNATIONAL — 21 GRANTS / $2,785,496. Artisans’ Association of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; CUSO-VSO, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (2); Fisheries Action Coalition Team, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Foundation for Ecological Recovery, Bangkok, Thailand; The Foundation for the Promotion and Investigation of Andean Products PROINPA, Cochabamba, Bolivia; Global Association for People and the Environment, Pakse, Champasak, Laos; Grupo Yanapai, Lima, Peru; Indigenous People for Agricultural Development in Cambodia, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Institut de l’Environnement et des Recherches Agricoles, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Institut de Recherche pour le Developpement, Marseille, France; International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Cotonou, Benin; l’Institut d’Economie Rurale, Bamako, Mali; l’Institut National de la Recherche Agronimique du Niger, Niamey, Niger; Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA; Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador; Samreth Law Group, Phnom Penh, Cambodia; 3 S Rivers Protection Network, Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia; University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom; Village Focus International, New York, NY

REGION AND COMMUNITIES — 3 GRANTS / $177,500. Great Neighborhoods! Development Corporation, Mpls; Springbrook Nature Center Foundation, Fridley; Urban Land Institute, Washington, DC

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Monica Manning on 06/11/2009 - 12:40 pm.

    Congratulations, Joel. You and the whole MinnPost crew are doing a great job in serving Minnesota.

  2. Submitted by Barbara Miller on 06/12/2009 - 12:13 pm.

    As a grant proposal writer in a former life, I appreciate what is required to qualify for grants like these. And so I offer you the technical expression of congratulations used in the fundraising community for moments like these: Booyah!!!

  3. Submitted by Melissa Hansen on 06/14/2009 - 11:25 pm.

    Fantastic! I am jumping for joy! Congratulations!

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