To advance a new and successful way of teaching digital literacy and community engagement to students and young adults in San Jose and Silicon Valley by using the Globaloria game design system
To create a software platform that aggregates consumer buying power and lets them direct it toward businesses that behave in socially responsible ways
To advance universal access and digital literacy in Philadelphia by supporting the preparation of broadband stimulus funding applications by the Digital Philadelphia Broadband Initiative (DPBI)
To help sustain healthy communities in a democracy, Knight aims to increase the ability of individuals to engage in change. Knight fosters initiatives that develop in people a strong sense of belonging and caring, timely access to relevant information, the ability to understand that information, and the motivation, opportunity and skills to take sustainable action on a range of issues throughout their lives.
Knight Foundation fosters innovative approaches to increasing engagement skills in the community development field. The foundation funds programs that use technology to foster engagement. It supports individuals as agents for engagement, with a focus on youth leadership, social entrepreneurs and local institutions. Knight supports naturalization campaigns to increase the number of citizens who are highly motivated to engage with their communities.
Part of Knight’s activities focuses on 26 communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers, with donor-advised programs in 18 and program director-led programs in the eight “resident Knight communities” (Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, N.C.; Detroit, Mich.; Macon, Ga.; Miami, Fla.; Philadelphia, Pa.; San Jose/Silicon Valley, Calif. and St. Paul, Minn.).
Knight experiments with innovative approaches to community engagement such as engaging community foundations nationwide in addressing community information needs, using community-wide social games to bring residents together, and partnering with local and national agencies to get more black males engaged in their communities.
The foundation has invested more than $841 million in its communities program since 1950.