The McKnight Foundation Announces 3rd Quarter 2017 Grantmaking

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

The McKnight Foundation awarded 51 grants totaling $11,642,000 in its third-quarter 2017 grantmaking. Of the $11.6 million approved, $445,000 went to organizations working to reduce agricultural pollution in the Upper Mississippi River (Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois), a key strategy of our Mississippi River program. We feature a few of this quarter’s approved grants below, and the full list of approved grants is available in our grants database.

The Center for Rural Affairs received $350,000 over two years to support its work through theNational Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. NSAC is leading local and national efforts to develop a strong and unifying message on the important role that sustainable agricultural practices play in protecting our country’s soil and water. In addition, NSAC continues to serve as a leading national advocate for agricultural policies that conserve natural resources, in particular practices such as growing cover crops and diversifying cropping systems.

McKnight also made a single year grant of $45,000 to Freshwater Society to develop a set of recommendations on the best management of Minnesota's Clean Water Fund, convinced that strong management will result in optimal clean water outcomes.

In addition, McKnight awarded $50,000 to Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation to create a plan for northwest Illinois that targets permanent land protection, land retirement, and other interventions to reduce agricultural pollution and improve water quality in priority watersheds.

“The restoration of the Mississippi starts with a thriving agricultural economy that not only produces abundant food but also healthy soil and clean water,” says board chair Meghan Binger Brown. “We believe these grants will help revitalize the river by supporting sustainable agricultural practices in the Upper Mississippi River states and reducing agricultural pollution.”



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 $87 million in 2016. Learn more, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter