Erika L. Binger

Former Athletic Director at Cornelius Boys and Girls Club

Erika L. Binger

Erika L. Binger

Former Athletic Director at Cornelius Boys and Girls Club

Biography

Erika Binger is the chair of the board of Directors of The McKnight Foundation, Minnesota’s largest private philanthropic charitable organization. Ms. Binger’s determination to help people realize their potential and fulfill their dreams has fundamentally contributed to the betterment of Minnesota and, in turn, the FBI. According to the mission statement of The McKnight Foundation, the organization “seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations. Through grants, coalitions, and strategic policy reform, we use resources to attend, unite, and empower those we serve.”

The McKnight Foundation, since its inception in 1953, has disbursed over $93 million in grants. The Foundation has a long and distinguished reputation in Minnesota for accountability, innovation, integrity, passion, quality, and respect. “We are strongest when we come together” is the passion behind The McKnight Foundation and Erika Binger’s leadership. Kate Wolford, President of The McKnight Foundation stated: “Here at home in Minnesota—where the majority of McKnight’s funds for 2007 were disbursed—we are at our best when we pursue shared goals by leveraging the knowledge and resources of our partners such as nonprofits, other foundations, government, and the business community. In fact, Minnesota’s future economic competitiveness and our common good depends on our finding solutions to complicated issues together.”

Today, about half of the state’s children are unprepared for kindergarten. Racial and ethnic minority groups that play key roles in the present and future workforce are hampered by alarming education gaps. That is why in 2007, McKnight spent $6.5 million—including support for the statewide Early Childhood Initiative, led by the six Minnesota Initiative Foundations—to help prepare Minnesota’s youngest to enter kindergarten ready to learn. The Foundation also channeled over $5 million to more than 100 organizations providing high quality programs for children and youth during the many hours spent outside the classroom. The collaborative, community-centered goals of Erika Binger and the financial support of The McKnight Foundation to fulfill those goals has a direct impact on the quality of life in Minnesota.

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3

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President at McKnight Foundation

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Interim President at McKnight Foundation

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Former General Counsel, Domestic Brokerage Group at AIG

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Director at McKnight Foundation

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Secretary, Vice President, Finance & Compliance at McKnight Foundation

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Assistant Secretary & Director at McKnight Foundation

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Former Director at McKnight Foundation

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Former Treasurer at McKnight Foundation

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Owner at Snake River Brewery

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Former Of Counsel at Dorsey & Whitney LLP

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In The News
St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)
December 14, 2020
McKnight Foundation taps Detroit children's advocate for president
Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
April 20, 2019
North Side fitness facility fills gap
Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
December 24, 2018
business people
Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
October 11, 2015
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Erika L. Binger
Former Athletic Director at Cornelius Boys and Girls Club
Education
Graduate

Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership

BETHEL COLLEGE PROVIDES LIBERATING ACADEMIC AND CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAMS TO CHALLENGE THE MIND, ENLARGE THE VISION AND EQUIP THE WHOLE PERSON FOR LIFELONG SERVICE.

Career History
Athletic Director
1994 - 2000
Boards & Committees
Member, Board of Directors
1994 - Current

The McKnight Foundation operates as a philanthropic organization. Its services include grantmaking, coalition-building and encouragement of strategic policy reforms. The company was founded by William L. McKnight and Maude L. McKnight in 1953 and is headquartered in Minneapolis, MN

Director
Current

The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience is an independent charitable organization established by The McKnight Foundation to carry out the wishes of its founder, William L. McKnight (1887-1979). Currently, the Endowment Fund for Neuroscience administers three awards which support young and established neuroscientists and encourage interdisciplinary collaboration: Memory and Cognitive Disorders Awards Scholar Awards Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Awards

Member, Advisory Board
Prior

Bolder Options is an American nonprofit company located in Minneapolis, MN. The firm provides case management and social work services.

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Bolder Options is an American nonprofit company located in Minneapolis, MN. The firm provides case management and social work services.

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