McKnight Approves $26 Million in Third-Quarter 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The McKnight Foundation awarded 74 grants totaling $26,398,000 to 68 organizations in its third-quarter 2016 grantmaking. Of the $26 million total approved this quarter, $1.43 million went to 12 organizations working to reduce agricultural pollution along the northern half of the Mississippi River, a key strategy of our Mississippi River grantmaking program. Below, we highlight just a few of the approved grants this quarter. The full list of grants approved in all our program areas this quarter is available at our grants database. 

Among these grantees, Practical Farmers of Iowa (Ames, IA) received $220,000 over two years for farmer-to-farmer education and technical support for river-friendly farming systems; Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (Washington, D.C.) received $140,000 over two years for an outreach project to inform and engage members of the hunting and fishing communities about conservation opportunities in agricultural policy; Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (St. Louis, MO) received $120,000 over two years to apply the collective influence of cities and local governments to reducing nitrogen and phosphorous runoff; Minnesota Public Radio (St. Paul) received $100,000 over two years for a full-time water reporter to expand coverage of river issues; and Meridian Institute (Dillon, CO) received $27,000 to lead an innovative collaboration exploring the use of remote sensing technology to gather water quality data.

"Agricultural pollution poses a serious threat to the water quality of the Mississippi River,” says Meghan Brown, McKnight's board chair. “McKnight is proud to support organizations like these, working to explore and promote practices that help reduce it."




After more than five years as a member of McKnight's board of directors, Robert Bruininks , president emeritus of the University of Minnesota, stepped down from the board in August.

During his tenure, the Foundation approved over $442 million in grants across all our program areas. We thank him for his thoughtful contributions and dedicated service.


The McKnight Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. We use all our resources to attend, unite, and empower those we serve. Founded in 1953 and independently endowed by William and Maude McKnight, the Minnesota-based family foundation had assets of approximately $2.2 billion and granted about $88 million in 2015. Learn more , and follow us on Facebook and Twitter .