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About our Engaged Communities Strategy

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. 

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