Knight Foundation invests in cities where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers, supporting both authentically local and relevant national ideas.


What we look for

In Charlotte, we focus on building an equitable and inclusive city that attracts and retains diverse talent, promotes economic opportunity and fosters a culture of civic engagement.

We invest in public spaces and built environments that enhance the quality of life, linking people and neighborhoods, such as Open Streets 704, the North Tryon Vision Plan and the Historic West End development. We support the efforts of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force to engage the community in developing a culture of opportunity and economic mobility. We identify and support an ecosystem for emerging leaders and civic innovators who can enrich the community with new perspectives. 

We value the power of the arts to inspire creativity, share culture and build community. Each year, Knight Foundation invests in artists and institutions that represent the authentic voice of our city. If you’re interested in our Arts program, read more about our arts strategy.  

Charlotte Community Advisory Committee members:

Charles Bowman, Bank of America; Jesse Cureton, Novant Health; Clay Grubb, Grubb Properties; Tony Lathrop, Moore & Van Allen; Dionne Nelson, Laurel Street Partners; Ted Williams, Charlotte Agenda.

Program Director

Photo of Charles Thomas

Charles Thomas