Knight Foundation’s Philadelphia program manager on helping entrepreneurs by day and being one by night [Q&A]

By Juliana Reyes

Think of Donna Frisby-Greenwood as a modern-day fairy godmother right here in Philly.

As the Knight Foundation‘s Philadelphia program manager, she oversees all the organization’s  initiatives in our city, ranging from Temple University’s Urban Apps & Maps Studio, the Knight Arts Challenge and the Project Liberty Digital Incubator.

As it turns out, Frisby-Greenwood not only supports local entrepreneurs but is one herself. Read on to find out how she believes community entrepreneurs can also take on the role of community guardian, how Frisby-Greenwood’s family history of entrepreneurship impacted her and how Philly compares to the the Knight Foundation’s seven other host cities.

As always, edited and condensed for clarity.

How does Philly fit into the Knight Foundation’s overall mission? Is there anything that sets Philly apart from the other cities that the foundation serves?

At Knight Foundation, our mission is to promote informed and engaged communities. We do that here in Philadelphia by focusing in part on engaging one of the city’s most underutilized assets, our millennials. Over the last decade, our population of 25-34 year-olds has grown by 50,000, which is unique for an urban center.



About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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