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The McKnight Foundation


Last profile update: 04/13/2018
Last grant data update: 04/12/2018

At A Glance

The McKnight Foundation

710 S. 2nd St., Ste. 400

Minneapolis, MN United States 55401-2290

Telephone: (612) 333-4220


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor






Incorporated in 1953 in MN - The foundation was established in Minneapolis in 1953 by William L. McKnight and his wife, Maude L. McKnight. One of the early leaders of 3M, William L. McKnight rose from assistant bookkeeper to president and CEO in a career that spanned 59 years, from 1907 to 1966. The McKnight Foundation, however, is an independent private philanthropic organization; it is not affiliated with the 3M Company The grantmaker is a signatory to Philanthropy’s Promise, an initiative of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). By signing on, the grantmaker has committed to allocating the majority of its grantmaking dollars to marginalized communities and at least 25 percent to social justice strategies, such as advocacy, community organizing, and civic engagement.

Purpose and Activities

The grant maker seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Through grant making, coalition-building, and encouragement of strategic policy reform, it uses its resources to attend, unite, and empower those it serves.