To create the Knight Research and Education Collaborative in Akron to manage six research, educational and clinical initiatives expected to improve Akron's economy and quality of life by bringing in more than $125 million dollars and creating 2,100 jobs
To help University Park Alliance strengthen its core engagement and partnership work and to launch efforts that provide sustainable long-term income
To supplement an existing donor-advised fund
To create the Knight Akron Dance Fund, to support artistic excellence and innovation in dance through the establishment of a national center for choreography located on the University of Akron campus.
To build on existing citizen engagement efforts to provide new ways for citizens to learn about local issues; form opinions and offer solutions for making local governance more effective across the region
To help fund the construction of University Park YMCA, a new facility in Akron's biomedical corridor
To accelerate economic mobility in Akron's core city neighborhoods by leveraging new investments in job creation, job preparation and job access.
For the "Create A Masterpiece" campaign, to expand the Akron Art Museum, enlarge its endowment, and name the new building in honor of John S. and James L. Knight
To advance the success of a region-wide collaborative aimed at changing the fundamentals of Northeast Ohio's economic agenda through support of the organization's intensive Phase Two plans
To sustain and strengthen a regional collaboration of philanthropic funders whose investment dollars will help to transform Northeast Ohio into a high growth economy by increasing job and income growth and decreasing poverty
For a program-related investment providing direct financial support for University Square and advancing the development of Akron's Exchange neighborhood
To support the success of Cascade Village by empowering residents through engagement activities and life-skills education