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


Downtown Fort Wayne adds another 'parklet' to growing public space portfolio
Foundation: Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne, Knight Foundation

... the Knight Foundation through the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne. It will include outdoor dining set-ups and a life-size chess...more

Knight Foundation to fund research on how misinformation affects communities of color
Foundation: Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will commit $5.5 million in grants to support research on how technology affects democracy. The...more

Philanthropies eagerly back ex-UNC professor Hannah-Jones
Foundation: Knight Foundation, Ford Foundation

It's a large gift for journalism, and one that points to a growing philanthropic ... “And one of the things philanthropy can do is, support institutions,...more

Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates to join Howard University as writer-in-residence
Foundation: MacArthur Foundation, Knight Foundation, Ford Foundation

... and innovative faculty at the Cathy Hughes School of Communications and the brilliant students it draws,” said Hannah-Jones in a written...more

Want to help the Surfside condo collapse victims? Here's how.
Foundation: Coral Gables Community Foundation, Knight Foundation, Key Biscayne Community Foundation

The Support Surfside fund is a collaboration involving the Coral Gables Community Foundation, the Key Biscayne Community Foundation, the...more

Theater is alive and well and living in Beck Center: Strong Points
Foundation: Knight Foundation

Building on the innovation and creativity they have shown, Knight Foundation is launching the Knight Arts Challenge 2021 in July to support...more

$1 million up for grabs for best ideas for arts in Akron
Foundation: Knight Foundation

But when the pandemic invaded Ohio in March of 2020, the touring and the shows suddenly stopped, costing the creative dancer about 75% of...more

Akron Arts Challenge Returns with Focus on Technology
Foundation: Knight Foundation

The Knight Foundation is publicly calling on artists and art organizations to apply for the Knight Art Challenge during July. Artists and arts organizations in Akron can submit 150-words to...more

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



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