John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (FL)



Knight foundation is a private, independent foundation that started with the Knight family's belief in the value of education. The Knight Memorial Education Fund was established in 1940 to provide financial aid to college students from the Akron area.


The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities, and foster the arts.



They help sustain democracy by leading journalism to its best possible future in the 21st century. They focus on funding Media Innovation, Journalistic Excellence, and Freedom of Expression.

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Recent News from Knight Foundation


Change Agent arts educator Dan Coffield: "He's able to take in ideas and help kids manifest them ...
Foundation: Knight Foundation

Dan Coffield, a Firestone High School art teacher and community artist involved with youth programs. An Akron Public Schools teacher and...more

Downtown Challenge Grants awarded to 23 Macon projects
Foundation: Knight Foundation

The grants were funded by the Peyton Anderson Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Downtown Challenge 2.0 Fund...more

First round of projects announced through Downtown Challenge 2.0 Grants in Macon
Foundation: Knight Foundation

Funding for these projects was made possible thanks to the Peyton Anderson Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Here...more

Subject: What Gifts for Racial Equity Have Achieved; the Multiplier Effect of MacKenzie's Scott's ...
Foundation: Knight Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, McKnight Foundation

... after George Floyd's murder, the big question has been whether the explosion of philanthropic aid would make a difference. ... continue,” Ellie Buteau, the Center for Effective Philanthropy's...more

McKnight awards $1 million in surprise grants to 10 Minnesota organizations to honor George Floyd
Foundation: Knight Foundation, Bush Foundation, Ford Foundation, McKnight Foundation

Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police sparked unprecedented philanthropy, especially toward groups serving communities of color...more

Playwrights' Center announces McKnight-funded grants to playwrights
Foundation: Knight Foundation, McKnight Foundation

As the national residency and commission recipient, James Anthony Tyler will receive a $15,000 commission and up to $12,250 in workshop funds...more

Massive new McKnight Foundation program to grant $12.6 million to Minnesota BIPOC arts groups
Foundation: Knight Foundation, Ford Foundation, McKnight Foundation

A Minnesota native, Ross Raihala joined the Pioneer Press as pop music critic in 2004, after stints at The Forum in Fargo, N.D., and The Olympian...more

Op-Ed: NJ's census counts highlight successful campaign
Foundation: Knight Foundation, PSEG Foundation, Hyde and Watson Foundation, Johnson Foundation, Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation

The $9.5 million in state funds and millions more in philanthropic grants ensured that nonprofits and county and local governments had sufficient...more

“Where there is disruption, there is opportunity”: What does the future hold for nonprofit newsrooms?
Foundation: Knight Foundation

In a recent report, Anya Schiffrin acknowledges philanthropy's role in the ... The uneven distribution of philanthropic funds has also revealed some...more



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