This annual event celebrates Minnesota's tradition of corporate giving and members of the Minnesota Keystone Program. Members of the program give at least two percent of their pre-tax earnings to charitable organizations and several are acknowledged for their outstanding giving programs at this event. Companies that support this celebration align themselves with this nationally recognized program, support the work of the chamber foundation, and identify with community-minded business leaders from across the state.
2022 Keynote Speaker: Tonya Allen, President, McKnight Foundation
Tonya Allen is president of the McKnight Foundation, a Minnesota-based family foundation that advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. The Foundation grants approximately $120 million annually in support of equitable communities, a clean energy economy, global food systems, artists and culture bearers, and innovative neuroscience research. Allen heads a majority women, majority people-of-color senior leadership team and a diverse team of about 60.
Previously, Allen served as president and CEO of The Skillman Foundation, and she co-founded Detroit Children's Fund and Detroit Parent Network. She is currently board chair of the Council on Foundations, co-chair of the Executives' Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, and a board member of the GHR Foundation, WPO Minnesota, and Greater MSP.
Allen has been lauded for her results-driven and highly influential collaborative approach by the Chronicle of Philanthropy (Five Nonprofit Innovators to Watch), the Funders Network (Nicholas P. Bollman Award), Detroit News (Michiganian of the Year), and Twin Cities Business (TCB 100: People to Know in 2022). Her opinion pieces on topics as varied as climate change, agroecology, and asset-based framing have appeared in Newsweek, The Hill, Inside Philanthropy, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Allen holds a master's degree in public health, a master's degree in social work, and a bachelor's degree in sociology, each from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
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