Browse Knight-Funded Ideas

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Civic Innovation Network

To support 8-80 Cities in producing a nationwide convening and international trip to facilitate the formation of a civic innovation network among leaders in Knight communities, learning how to execute place-based solutions, attract and support talent and foster opportunity.

Jane's Walk

To expand the Jane's Walk program into Knight resident communities and develop a model and set of resources for expansion into other cities across the U.S.

Creative Interventions Tour

To support various creative placemaking activities, facilitated by Hunter Franks, that will inspire robust engagement and change perceptions of place in Knight communities.

Spreading the Word

Using Common Core education standards as the issue to build on, Silicon Valley Community Foundation will open up new avenues and approaches to providing information in Silicon Valley - including brokering partnerships between ethnic and public media and creating social media channels to share Silicon Valley Stories.

Steve Johnson 'How We Got to Now'

To fund Steven Johnson as a speaker and thought partner, together with an online resource connected to his Fall '14 PBS/BBC series, 'How We Got to Now' which will explore how leaders and communities create places that foster innovation and support talent.

SPUR Urban Center

To create the SPUR Urban Center where residents and workers in San Jose will learn about best ideas and practices in urban planning and be inspired to take an active role in promoting them in their community.

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

To support community engagement activities at the 2013 San Jose Jazz Summer Fest and the creation of the San Jose Jazz Music Mobile.

Naturalization Options

A planning grant for La Raza to work with financial institutions to develop low-cost loan options for naturalization application fees.

Nonprofit Boot Camp + Social Media for Nonprofits

To support two programs, the technology track of a Nonprofit Boot Camp and a Social Media for Nonprofits workshop, to help Silicon Valley nonprofit leaders learn concrete technology tips and tools, and how to leverage technology-based media to advance their missions and programmatic goals.


To provide general operating support for, a new, hyperlocal website with mobile capability that responds to San Benito County residents’ need for a central, single place to find useful information and communicate with each other about their community.

Digital Leaders Intern Program

To launch the Digital Leaders Intern Program to provide low-income high school youth living in Palo Alto affordable housing communities with digital technology education, access to digital tools and the opportunity to use them for exploring social issues.

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