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Knight Foundation’s Communities Program engages people and institutions in the transformational issues and opportunities of their time. To do this, we take a long-term view of communities. …

Knight Foundation’s Communities Program engages people and institutions in the transformational issues and opportunities of their time. To do this, we take a long-term view of communities.

We consider the local narrative, spot important long-term trends and opportunities, then invest in the people and institutions in whom we believe can make a difference with a constant eye on innovation and community impact. To find out more visit www.knightfoundation.org

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  • The Communities Program engages people and institutions in the transformational issues and opportunities of their time. To do this we take a long-term view of communities. We consider the local narrative, spot important long-term trends and opportunities, then invest in the people and institutions in whom we believe can make a difference with a constant eye on innovation and community impact.We concentrate much of our effort in eight cities where we have offices and work in partnership with community foundations for 18 others. The eight resident communities and related opportunities are in:Akron – Attracting and engaging the talent from within Akron and without as it continues to transform its economy.Charlotte – Engaging major institutional leaders and community members in transforming schools in the project lift zone.Detroit – Engaging young entrepreneurs in the transforming different areas of detroit.Macon – Creating a corridor of innovation in and around college hill.Miami – Helping Miami to become a place where entrepeneurship and innovation thrivePhiladelphia – Engaging the next generation of college aged philadelphians in the economic evolution of the citySt. Paul – Engaging the community directly in the redevelopment of areas along the proposed central corridor light rail line.San Jose – Helping silicon valley to become best in the nation at using technology to engage its residents in civic and community issues.Community Foundations Program – helping our community foundations to distinguish themselves as leaders who inform and engage their communities.
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    • 1. Communities Program Trabian Shorters, Vice President
    • 2. Knight Communities AKRON CHARLOTTE DETROIT MACON MIAMI PHILADELPHIA SAN JOSE ST. PAUL +18
    • 3. Distributions 2007-Present (update needed) Other100% 10% 9% 7% 12% 9% 10%90%80% 29% 32% 32% 32% 28% 31%70% Journalism60%50%40% 61% 59% 61% 56% 62% 60%30%20%10% Knight Communities 0% 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Total 2007-3/7/11
    • 4. Our Approach Strategy Foster Informed and Engaged Communities Method Support local transformation Determine local narrative, spot trends, invest, innovate ResultsMore active citizenship, more resilient communities
    • 5. KNIGHT FOUNDATION STRATEGY FOR Akron, OhioAttracting and engaging the talent from within Akron and without as it continues to transform its economy.
    • 6. KNIGHT FOUNDATION STRATEGY FOR Charlotte, N.C. Engaging major institutional leaders and community members intransforming schools in the Project Lift zone.
    • 7. KNIGHT FOUNDATION STRATEGY FOR Detroit, Mich.Engaging the community around young, social entrepreneurs who are transforming Detroit.
    • 8. KNIGHT FOUNDATION STRATEGY FOR Miami, Fla.Helping Miami to become a place where entrepreneurship and innovation thrive.
    • 9. KNIGHT FOUNDATION STRATEGY FOR Macon, Ga.Leading to create a hip, historic and prosperous Macon.
    • 10. KNIGHT FOUNDATION STRATEGY FOR Philadelphia, Pa. Engaging the next generation ofPhiladelphia’s millennials in economic evolution of the city.
    • 11. KNIGHT FOUNDATION STRATEGY FOR St. Paul, Minn. Engaging the community in the redevelopment of areas along theproposed Central Corridor light rail line.
    • 12. KNIGHT FOUNDATION STRATEGY FOR San Jose, Calif.Helping Silicon Valley to become best in the nation at using technology to engage its residents in civic and community issues.
    • 13. ThemesDeepening Resident Helping people to directly engage in opportunities that matter to Engagement them.Opening Institutions Helping anchor institutions to inform and engage communities. for Engagement Place-making Creating places where engagement thrives.Technology & Digital Using technology and digital inclusion to facilitate engagement. Inclusion
    • 14. Conclusion• National Foundation Rooted in Communities• All Programs Work in Knight Communities• Leverage Residents, Place, Institutions, Technology• Inform and Engage for Local Transformation

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