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About our Charlotte Strategy

Knight Foundation invests in community success by supporting civic innovation, founded on robust civic engagement, in talent, opportunity and place.

In Charlotte, we are developing places that create connections for people across generational and geographical boundaries and intersections that bring together people of all ages from different areas of the city.

We invest in identifying inspired young people enriching the Charlotte community with their know-how and new perspectives and connecting them to the civic infrastructure and established leaders.

We seek to catalyze projects that capitalize on the influx of people and ideas. The Gold Line streetcar project provides opportunities to link neighborhoods and residents on the east and west sides of the city. Our work encourages these interactions, helping to promote economic integration and develop economic growth and job creation.

We also support the North Tryon Master Planning Process because we believe it can yield ideas for more intersections in community life, bringing together established institutions with other partners to maximize the cultural and civic resources of Charlotte.

Knight has deep local roots in Charlotte, dating to the 1950s when the Knight brothers purchased the Charlotte Observer. Although their newspaper company no longer exists, their foundation continues their vision and is committed to helping Charlotte build an even more successful future.

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We invest in civic innovators who help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement.


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Charlotte Community Advisory Committee

• Darrel Williams (chair)
• Jennifer Appleby
• Amy Chiou
• Charles Thomas
• Lucia Zapata Griffiths