To break down barriers of access to the performing arts and touch the lives of Philadelphia residents with Random Acts of Culture (RAC), a series of unexpected, spontaneous cultural performances in non-traditional settings
To help build appreciation of and participation in classical music in black and Latino communities through two music training programs for 1,200 Detroit-area youths and an annual music competition
To help University Park Alliance strengthen its core engagement and partnership work and to launch efforts that provide sustainable long-term income
In our Community and National Initiatives program we support the success of our communities through investments that attract, retain and harness talent; that expand opportunity by increasing entrepreneurship and economic mobility; and that build places that accelerate the growth of ideas and bring people from diverse social and economic backgrounds together.
Promoting civic innovation and robust engagement will enable our communities to succeed in a rapidly changing world.
We carry out our work through investments in 26 communities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight owned newspapers. Program directors oversee our grant-making in eight resident communities: Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; Detroit; Macon, Ga.; Miami; Philadelphia; San Jose/Silicon Valley, Calif.; and St Paul, Minn. We support donor-advised programs in the remaining 18 communities.
Our foundation has invested more than $841 million in community initiatives since its creation in 1950. We want our national network of learning to inspire the actions of residents in each of our communities and help us build a better democracy and a successful future.