Leftist nonprofits in Minnesota can count on a steady funding stream from a Minneapolis-based foundation.
Funded by the fortune earned by William McKnight, the long-time CEO and board chair of the 3M company (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing), the Foundation was established in 1953. Its total assets have grown to $2.4 billion, according to the organization’s tax returns (2018).
Under the Foundation’s “Midwest climate and energy” program, the organization appears to be dedicated to the proposition that neither mining nor manufacturing should ever occur again in Minnesota. Here are a few snapshots of the efforts being funded.
Under the guise of “climate advocacy,” McKnight has donated more than $3 million in recent years to the far-left political nonprofit TakeAction Minnesota.
The group goes well beyond policy work. It endorses and campaigns on behalf of Democratic political candidates: