Letter from the Executive Director

Sharing my joy and gratitude for this amazing leadership opportunity


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Since joining the Knott Foundation in 2011, my heart has been full of gratitude.  I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to work with a fantastic team of professional staff, an engaged and talented Board of Trustees, and a vast array of nonprofit organizations and community leaders who care deeply about Maryland and its people.  Thank you to everyone who has been part of my journey, and thank you to everyone who has helped further the legacy of the Knott Foundation!

The mission, values, and work of the Knott Foundation are truly admirable, and it has been a privilege to serve this organization for so long.  I look forward to meeting my successor and helping to facilitate a smooth transition.  While I’ll be stepping down as Executive Director at the end of this year, I’ve offered to support the Foundation in a part-time capacity through the start of 2023, in order to assist with the transition in every way I can.

As for me, I’ll be redesigning my professional commitments in light of my current family needs.  I hope to find ways to continue the purposeful and service-driven work that I’ve found so fulfilling at Knott, and to cross paths with all of you again soon.

Once more, thank you to my incredible staff, my amazing Board, our entire grantee community, and my fellow colleagues in philanthropy – all of you have made the last decade of my professional life rewarding in so many ways.

Warmest personal regards,

Kelly C. Medinger

Executive Director

The Marion I. & Henry J. Knott Foundation