To fund Greater Akron Amenities to conduct landscape analysis and ultimately develop an action plan to attract and retain talented 18-34 year olds in Akron.
To entice new audiences to the Actors' Summit, through a community engagement program targeting youth and their parents
To provide technical assistance and cross-community learning opportunities to Knight grantees working on out-of-school-time programming and related youth-development initiatives in seven Knight communities
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 help digitize the Akron Art Museum's collection
To supplement an existing donor-advised fund
To support construction of a new Community Learning Center with matching funds toward a $1 million challenge grant from the GAR Foundation
To establish a digital media center that trains citizen journalists whose content is broadcast to downtown projection screens and posted to existing online site in partnership with the local newspaper
To continue work by Hunter Franks that began last year, supporting public art and creative placemaking projects that contribute to city vibrancy.
For support of the U.S. Olympic trials for either the men's or women's marathon in the spring of 2008 in conjunction with the site of the Akron Marathon Championships in 2007
To accelerate the institute's small loan lending and technical assistance programs within the city to support entrepreneurs and neighborhood businesses.
To continue to fund the school-based project coordinator in charge of out-of-school time programming provided to Simon Perkins Middle School students