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 Philadelphia, Knight Foundation leverages the city’s public spaces and civic assets, such as parks, recreation centers, libraries and more, to promote inclusion; foster vibrant, connected communities; invite new ideas; and develop new leaders.

We use the Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative as a learning laboratory for the city, and our national network. Our investments reimagine public spaces to lift neighborhoods, connect people and promote the lessons learned. Through our funding, we: 

  • Encourage reinvestment in public spaces and civic assets so that they become neighborhood anchors and invite widespread community engagement.
  • Invest in innovative leaders and organizations that are creating new approaches to building deeper, lasting community engagement through these spaces.
  • Support programs that use public spaces and civic assets to enhance opportunity and promote inclusion, particularly efforts that use technology to train and connect young people to today’s innovation economy. 
  • Enable collaboration across communities and organizations participating in reimagining the use and purpose of these spaces. 
  • Support new ideas and new programming that engage newcomers and help them to connect with existing residents.
  • Support initiatives and planning efforts that leverage these assets, such as the Phila2035 comprehensive plan, the ReBuild Philadelphia effort and Green City Clean Waters.

If you’re interested in our Arts program, read more about our arts strategy.

Program Director

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Patrick J. Morgan

Philadelphia Program Director