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Akron Summit Community Action

To support the Financial Literacy Program providing low-income families with EITC assistance, IDA matching funds, and counseling on saving, home ownership and starting a business

Akron Symphony - Shared experiences

To develop a series of shared community experiences that serve as a focal point for all including performances and learning opportunities for area youth. 

Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank

To restructure completely the system of food distribution to the needy by supporting the renovation of a massive warehouse and trucking facility

Akron-Summit County Public Library

To meet the growing demand for job training via mobile computer labs at 17 branch Akron-Summit County Public Libraries, an additional 3300 people per year will have access and will receive training per year, because of Knight's investment


To teach citizens to create local news and information digitally in the community-supported Akronist.

Alchemy, Inc.

To expand the after-school program at Perkins Middle School

Apollo's Fire Outreach

To expand Apollo's Fire's Akron-area presence by supporting the presentation of its five subscription programs at Akron-area venues as well as a series of Baroque Bistro concerts at a popular Akron marketplace throughout the season

Audience Outreach Project

To engage diverse audiences during the Akron Civic Theatre's 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons with community-based programming that represents an array of cultures and artistic-disciplines.

Better Block

To fund Team Better Block activities, which trains local leaders to improve their neighborhood through participatory placemaking in three Knight Foundation Communities; Akron, Macon and Philadelphia.

Better Block - Akron

To continue work by Team Better Block in Akron, engaging leaders, residents and recent immigrants to improve their neighborhoods through immediate redevelopment and placemaking projects

Better Block Foundation

To attract and retain talent, expand opportunity and build civic engagement by funding the creation and operation of the Better Block Foundation, a nonprofit focused on engaging people in rapidly making their neighborhoods more vibrant.

Better Block International Hostel on Airbnb

Turning a vacant property into an AirBnB hostel and cultural hub in Akron’s North Hill to tap the entrepreneurial potential of the neighborhood’s growing Bhutanese population.

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