At The McKnight Foundation, 100 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 47 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 0.00. It was published on Feb 27, 2016. 6123 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
People avoid politicking and backstabbing as ways to get things done.

What They Do

We asked The McKnight Foundation to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

The McKnight Foundation supports regional economic and community development, Minnesota’s arts and artists, early literacy, youth development, Midwest climate and energy, Mississippi River water quality, neuroscience and international crop research, and community-building in Southeast Asia.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Social Services and Government Agencies
US Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota US Sites: 1
US Employees: 47 Corporate Structure: Non-Profit
Founded: 1953

The McKnight Foundation has been awarded:

Best Workplaces for Women 2016 (ranked 50)

Best Small Workplaces 2016 (ranked 47)


Perks and Programs

We asked The McKnight Foundation to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Matching Gifts Program: Employees are eligible to participate in the Matching Gifts Program. Employees contribution are matched on a 2:1 basis. The Foundation will match employees donations up to a max of $10,000 in any calendar year.
  • Professional Development: Benefit eligible employees are eligible to use up to $5,000 per year to pay for professional development including education/tuition expenses.
  • Parking and Transit: The McKnight Foundation provides paid parking, transit, bike maintenance, and Nice Ride accounts.
  • Onsite Fitness Facility: The McKnight Foundation has an onsite workout space available to employees.
  • Great Place to Work Committee: Promotes workplace culture and camaraderie by sponsoring various events and activities throughout the year. Some examples include a staff service day, holiday party, and happy hours.
  • Summer Hours: Foundation allows people to flex work time and leave work at noon on Friday between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
  • Pet Friendly: Well behaved dogs are welcome at work.
  • Flex Time: Employees have flexibility of start and end time to accommodate work/life balance.


$56,063 Average salary and additional cash compensation for program administrator $99,392 Average salary and additional cash compensation for program officer
100% 403(b) match of employee's contribution, up to 12% of an employee's salary90% Company-paid health coverage for employees
89% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 20 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance
$5,000 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 403(b) plan
  • Long-term care insurance to employees
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free beverages during the day
  • Dry cleaning
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Subsidized public transportation
Staff In-Service Day


31 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment Set days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)


    30 days Job-protected maternity leave30 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    30 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take30 days Job-protected paternity leave
    30 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents30 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
    *Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave.


    • Lactation room(s)
    • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


    • Medical care
    • Prescription drug subsidy
    • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
    • Dental care
    • Mental health care


    • Fitness center

      Community Involvement & Philanthropy

      $96,600 Total company-matched employee donations in last year


      • 1 events a year connect employees with peers from different racial/ethnic, religious or country-of-origin identities
      • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
      • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

      Executive Diversity

      Kate Wolford, President at 2015 Art Fellowship Reception



      How to Get Hired

      We asked The McKnight Foundation for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

      What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

      The McKnight Foundation wants its employees to be engaged in their work and the work of the foundation.The Foundation defines employee engagement as a personal connection to one's job, to the Foundation, and to one's supervisor or work group that motivates one to excel at work.The Foundation also uses competencies defined in Leadership Architect (Korn Ferry), as a baseline for what it expects all employees to demonstrate skills and abilities. There are eight competencies including, manages complexity, strategic mindset, drives results, collaborates, builds networks, communicates effectively, instills trust, and being resilient.

      Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

      The only position we are aware we will be hiring in 2016 is a program officer position for the Mississippi River program team.

      What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

      Visit The McKnight Foundation website and social media sites.

      hiring Outlook

      2 Job openings forecast for coming year 4% Job Growth
      73 Average applicants per opening 654 Applications received
      9 Positions filled in past year 18% New hires by employee referrals
      3 New positions created 3 Jobs filled by current employees
      19% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees 67% Voluntary turnover for part-time employees
      * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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