Community And National Initiatives

Program Area

Supporting successful, inclusive cities


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    What We Fund

    We believe that informed and engaged communities are the building blocks of a successful democracy, and that successful communities are equitable, inclusive and participatory.

    Through our Community and National Initiatives program, we invest in ideas to:

    • Attract and nurture talent: by supporting and networking diverse leaders from all sectors.
    • Enhance opportunity: by building inclusive pathways to economic prosperity.
    • Foster civic engagement: by enabling people to contribute to – and take an active part in – the life of their community.

    We focus on 26 cities where the Knight brothers once published newspapers. We’re particularly mindful of the relationship our founders had with Akron, where they started out, and Miami, where they based their business and foundation.

    As a national foundation with deep local roots, we work locally, and then share successful ideas across communities.

    Cities with Knight Foundation offices

    Knight program directors are your first point of contact in eight large and mid-sized cities where we have offices:

    Akron, Ohio, Charlotte, North Carolina, Detroit, Macon, Georgia, Miami, Philadelphia, San Jose, California, St. Paul, Minnesota

    Community Foundations Program

    Knight works in 18 small to mid-sized communities in partnership with local community foundations. Learn more about this program.

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    Aberdeen, South Dakota; Biloxi, Mississippi; Boulder, Colorado; Bradenton, Florida;Columbia, South Carolina; Columbus, Georgia; Duluth, Minnesota; Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Gary, Indiana; Grand Forks, North Dakota; Lexington, Kentucky; Long Beach, California; Milledgeville, Georgia; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Palm Beach County, Florida; State College, Pennsylvania; Tallahassee, Florida; Wichita, Kansas

    Community And National Initiatives Staff

    Photo of Sam Gill

    Sam Gill

    Senior Adviser to the President and VP/Communities and Impact

    Photo of Lilly Weinberg

    Lilly Weinberg

    Community Foundations Program Director

    Photo of Daniel Harris

    Daniel Harris

    San Jose Program Director

    Photo of Charles Thomas

    Charles Thomas

    Charlotte Program Director

    Photo of Patrick J. Morgan

    Patrick J. Morgan

    Philadelphia Program Director

    Photo of Katy Locker

    Katy Locker

    Detroit Program Director

    Photo of Kyle Kutuchief

    Kyle Kutuchief

    Akron Program Director

    Photo of Bronlynn Thurman

    Bronlynn Thurman

    Akron Program Associate

    Photo of Brittnie Knight

    Brittnie Knight

    Philadelphia Program Associate

    Photo of Phuong O'Neil

    Phuong O'Neil

    St. Paul Program Assistant

    Photo of Lynn Murphey

    Lynn Murphey

    Macon Program Director

    Photo of Jennifer Watler

    Jennifer Watler

    Assistant to the VP

    Photo of Emani Jerome

    Emani Jerome

    Miami Program Associate

    Photo of Christa Newkirk

    Christa Newkirk

    Charlotte Program Associate

    Photo of Anwyn Hurxthal

    Anwyn Hurxthal

    San Jose Program Associate

    Photo of Lilian Coral

    Lilian Coral

    Director of National Strategy

    Photo of Anna Richards

    Anna Richards

    Macon Program Assistant

    Photo of Jai Winston

    Jai Winston

    St. Paul Program Director

    Photo of Pam Smith

    Pam Smith

    Detroit Program Assistant

    Photo of Raul Moas

    Raul Moas

    Miami Program Director