To provide funding for Akron Public Schools to develop a process and implementation plan for making 40 Community Learning Centers responsive to the community's needs
For the Akron Public Schools to participate in the Harvard University Educators' Executive Leadership Initiative (ExEL) supported by the Wallace Foundation
Exploring the role of arts in building community by bringing Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates to speak in Akron and meet with artists and entrepreneurs
Enlivening and attracting new people to downtown through public art projects
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
To develop a series of shared community experiences that serve as a focal point for all including performances and learning opportunities for area youth.
To restructure completely the system of food distribution to the needy by supporting the renovation of a massive warehouse and trucking facility
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.
To expand the after-school program at Perkins Middle School
The Cappies (Critics and Awards Program for High School Students): Building the next generation of art critics by having local journalists train high school theater and journalism students in writing reviews, and then honoring the best work at an awards show
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