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2007 KF ProgressReport

  1. 1. Experimentation Transformation LEADS TO
  2. 2. This progress report describes our continuing transforma- tion into a 21st-century organization. We intro- duced the concept of transformation in our work three years ago, along with the five elements: discovery, vision, courage, know-how and tenacity. We continue to refine the concept, but social change takes time. We don’t claim to have arrived. Yet the potential of the digital age adds urgency. No one knows how digital communications will affect how citizens manage their commu- nities in a democracy. So we wel- come experimentation and encourage innovation as a way to manage change. What we did in the last year begins on the next page.
  3. 3. Transformation, continued T Media Innovation he document you hold in your No one knows how digital communications hands is a symbol of Knight will impact the ability of citizens to manage Initiatives Foundation’s transformation into a their communities in this democracy, just 21st-century organization. as no one can know how economic or Never since the creation of Knight creative community initiatives will impact Foundation in 1950 have the challenges It is a slimmer, more succinct version of the market and social development of those facing journalism been greater. Never our traditional annual report in 12 pages, cities and towns. We do know that change has the opportunity for innovation been down from last year’s 56. You’ll find this is constant. We welcome experimentation more apparent. and much more content on the web, where and innovation as strategies for managing you can access it easily and respond to it that change. And we intend to develop Over time, we’ve invested more than readily. It’s a trend we expect will continue, sustainable models of success in the $400 million to advance quality journalism until all of the information we provide to communities we serve. and freedom of expression. But perhaps our constituents is digital and dynamic – the most telling figure, the one that a new and powerful starting point for best describes our current course, is dialogues that can help shape our priorities the $100 million we have committed to and inform our programs. media innovation initiatives in the past Our Focus three years. Our web site, already much improved, will Knight Foundation focuses on the twin undergo significant changes in just a few passions to which John S. and James L. The question we ask is not, “How do we months, as we refashion our digital Knight devoted their lives – journalism and save newspapers?” The question is, “How presence and engage our constituents in the advancement of communities in which do we help save the communications that real-time and interactive ways. they owned newspapers. We continue today, communities need to manage their affairs committed and independent, inspired by the in this democracy?” In other words, how We remain committed to reporting fully entrepreneurship, openness to innovation do we save journalism – with the values and transparently, to highlighting our and courage embodied by our founders. we know and trust – in the digital age? strategies and our finances, and to serving Like the Knight brothers, we believe our stakeholders. But we will do so in technology can strengthen community Nowhere has it been easier to see ways that reflect the potential, the impact information and, through that information, innovation as a common thread than and the challenges of our digital age: the communities themselves. in our media grants. In June, nearly We will become an organization that is of 50 Knight News Challenge winners the web rather than simply on the web. Toward that end, we have determined gathered at MIT’s remarkable Media Lab With this hybrid version of our annual to experiment broadly, analyze impact, (www.kflinks.com/newschallenge) to report – one of the foundation’s core support trends, engage the best minds, see demonstrations of digital works-in- publications, and a marker of its progress involve other funders and seek the wisdom progress, including place-based, locative and its history – we take yet another step of the crowd. That last is not just a Web 2.0 games and smart polling devices using forward on that path. slogan. It’s a way of doing funding, and social networking. And we honor our the openness of our contests is not only founders’ entrepreneurial spirit by engaging We do not claim to have arrived. Social emblematic of this way of doing business with breakthrough ideas wherever they change, inside and outside a foundation, but consistent with the easy accessibility emerge, including our work with Ashoka, takes time. We are reminded of the story of digital technology. That openness both a global organization that identifies and of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, shapes and reflects the shifting culture invests in leading social entrepreneurs. who is said to have asked Zhou Enlai of our operation. Grants from Knight allow Ashoka to seek what he thought of the French Revolution. and support just such entrepreneurs in “Too soon to tell,” the Chinese our communities and in journalism premier responded. (www.kflinks.com/ashoka).
  4. 4. Ashoka is a worldwide network of social entrepreneurs. Kwame Scruggs of Akron, founder of the Alchemy Inc. after-school program, is an Ashoka affiliate – a social entrepreneur in training. Inset: Stephen Mims tells a story at an Alchemy session. Main: Kwame Scruggs uses drums to help tell stories to young men about difficult life choices. Watch Kwame Scruggs’ story: www.kflinks.com/ashoka
  5. 5. A $25 million commitment in the Knight Our goal is to bring communities together After all, community foundations were Center of Digital Excellence kicked off through information, consistent with created to meet the core needs of local our second media initiative. These days, if Jack Knight’s definition: A great newspaper geographies. In a democracy, information is you’re not digital, you’re marginalized as a should inform and illuminate the minds among those core needs. And in a media second-class citizen – socially, economically of its readers, define and expand their environment in which the marketplace is and politically. We find that unacceptable. understanding of the world and allow no longer providing sufficient civic news As a first step toward digital unity, we have them to pursue what he called “their own and information, we believe that grassroots established a goal of universal digital access true interests.” nonprofits may have a new and important in each of our Knight communities. role to play. We’ve launched four initiatives to find The Knight Community Information The Knight Center of Digital Excellence in digital innovations and new policies Challenge is a five-year grant challenging Akron is a pro bono consulting organization that better inform geographically defined communities. The first of these, the Knight whose services are available to any of our community foundations to meet the News Challenge (www.newschallenge.org), communities. The center will bring in the information needs of their communities. expertise necessary to level the playing field is a contest investing $5 million per year Foundations willing to participate can between the public and the marketplace as in original ideas that leverage the power tap in to an annual $4 million fund they negotiate tough digital access issues of digital technologies to deliver news to (www.informationneeds.org). (www.knightcenter.info). real geographies. Moving digitally hasn’t been only a matter of > This year’s winners include Sir Tim A third thrust, the Knight Commission on experiments. We’ve also partnered with the Berners-Lee, the inventor of the the Information Needs of Communities in Carnegie Corporation of New York to fund World Wide Web. Now an MIT professor, a Democracy (www.knightcomm.org), is the Carnegie-Knight initiative to improve Berners-Lee and his colleagues are operated in partnership with the Aspen journalism education (www.newsinitiative. concerned about the integrity of content Institute, one of the nation’s outstanding org/initiative). We’ve also collaborated on the web. We will support his team’s institutions devoted to the discussion and with NPR to send its staff to the University development of technology that will allow development of public policy. of California at Berkeley for new-media writers to disclose sources – and readers training; funded digital media programs for to verify information quickly. This takes Co-chairs Ted Olson, the former solicitor journalists at Berkeley, USC and Arizona a technological step in the direction general of the United States, and Marissa State; and we continue to support J-Lab’s of authenticity and verification on the Mayer, the vice president of search products innovation in interactive journalism web (www.mediastandardstrust.org). and user experience at Google, lead the (www.j-lab.org), now at American University. commission. They and their fellow commis- > Other winners include David Cohn, sioners will a) articulate the information a young Californian who will test the needs of communities in this democracy, notion that audiences will contribute b) take a snapshot of where we are today, to the costs of journalism in their and c) propose public policy that will communities. Another group will encourage market solutions to get from deliver news and information to cell where we are to where we should be. More Online: phone users in Zimbabwe. And we’re supporting technology that will enable Finally, even as we are investing in the Go see more on these stories citizens at a virtual town meeting to development of high-level policy, we also including videos at: discuss changes in Sochi, Russia, as it want to seed grassroots experiments. www.kflinks.com/essay prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympics We believe community foundations are www.kflinks.com/ashoka (www.kflinks.com/sochi). ideal partners in this enterprise. www.kflinks.com/miamiarts www.kflinks.com/greenstone www.kflinks.com/newschallenge www.kflinks.com/financials www.kflinks.com/taxreturn
  6. 6. One of Knight’s four Media Innovation Initiatives is the Knight News Challenge – a contest funding ideas that use digital media to deliver news and information to geographically defined communities. Inset: Winners gather at MIT’s Media Lab this past June. Main: Panelists at the MIT roundtable discuss the future of civic media. From left: NYU’s Jay Rosen, MIT’s Henry Jenkins, Arizona State’s Dan Gillmor and blogger Lisa Williams (joined by a translator). Watch the News Challenge story: www.kflinks.com/newschallenge
  7. 7. As an example of Knight’s customized approach to community projects, Duluth’s Greenstone Group will spend the next decade nurturing 500 new entrepreneurs to grow the region’s economy. Inset: Jerry Peterson, director, Greenstone Group. Main: Entrepreneur Carol Willoughby owns a sign company. Watch the Greenstone Group video: www.kflinks.com/greenstone Knight Communities Initiatives by $2.5 million from Knight, the Creative communities are healthy and We are a national foundation known as Greenstone Group takes an approach engaged communities. Examples: local in each of the cities and towns where similar to baseball’s minor league we work. In our communities, the search > We are a leading funder of an arts system to groom some 500 entrepre- for innovation has led us to extraordinary neurs over 10 years into the big initiative with a potential impact of projects. Reflecting needs and opportunities leagues of business development $60 million that could redefine Miami, in different communities, each has the (www.kflinks.com/greenstone). Florida’s cultural scene (www.kflinks. potential to transform its part of the world. com/miamiarts). The initiative includes > In Northeast Ohio, the Fund for endowment grants to major arts Some of our economic development Our Economic Future is an assemblage institutions: $10 million to the Miami efforts include: of more than 100 funders. It has Art Museum to bring 40,000 school- > In Southeast Michigan, 10 foundations distributed more than $40 million to children through the museum each generate new high-tech and biomedical year, $5 million to Miami’s Museum of including Knight have pooled $100 industry jobs (www.kflinks.com/neohio). Contemporary Art for new exhibitions, million to generate “new economy” jobs, Knight’s total contribution to this effort and $5 million to endow the new-media different from the region’s traditional has been $3.15 million. programs of the New World Symphony. manufacturing base (www.kflinks.com/ An additional $20 million is being semichigan). Knight’s contribution was > We support a range of work-force offered over five years on a matching $10 million. development and training programs in basis for arts ideas in South Florida. > In the Twin Ports of Duluth, Minnesota, Knight communities, including Wichita, Kansas; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and and Superior, Wisconsin, the best Detroit, Michigan. potential economic asset is the individual entrepreneur. There, backed
  8. 8. > Knight is a key supporter of cultural the process. Necessary social and house under one roof the major innovations that build community in employment services are housed inside nonprofit organizations in the region. San Jose, California, through 1st Act the shelter, making them accessible to Silicon Valley (www.1stact.org). Knight’s folks who want to get back on their feet. Knight Foundation continues today, $3.5 million challenge grant leverages inspired by the entrepreneurship, > Immigration is an important issue the region’s high-tech success through openness to innovation and courage of physical improvements and increased in many of the Knight communities. our founders. We are committed to investments in arts and culture. Our efforts in the area focus on the transformational change grounded in naturalization of legal residents. To that discovery, inspired by vision and made real > In Tallahassee, Florida, we’ve committed end, we support organizations like the by courage, know-how and tenacity. To more than $600,000 to help broaden National League of Cities, NCLR and the be effective, that kind of change requires the area’s economy beyond its classic YMCA in their programs to encourage dialogue – not just within the foundation, reliance on higher education and state residents to become fully participating but in active collaboration with our government by growing and developing citizens of the United States. communities and our journalism partners. the creative community. > We will never, ever, forget our We want and need your participation communities of Biloxi and Gulfport, Civic life plays out in many ways: and ask you to join in the discussion at Mississippi. There, we have invested www.kflinks.com/essay. > We are supporting the construction of a more than $9 million – very well- new public-private homeless assistance placed and effective dollars – all since partnership in Columbia, South Carolina, Hurricane Katrina walloped that Knight with $5 million. This attempt to reduce community (www.kflinks.com/katrina). W. Gerald Austen, M.D. homelessness in that Knight city is Our projects there include support of Chairman similar to Miami’s Community Partner- the Governor’s Commission on Recov- ship for the Homeless, where clean, ery, Rebuilding and Renewal; Habitat safe shelter is only the beginning of for Humanity; and the creation of a Alberto Ibargüen Knight Center for Nonprofits that will President and CEO The Knight Arts Partnership offers South Floridians a chance to present ideas to expand the arts, benefiting a diverse community. Inset: Miami Art Museum’s Terence Riley stands behind a model of the museum’s new building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron. Main: Museumgoers visit a recent exhibition. Watch the Miami arts story: www.kflinks.com/miamiarts
  9. 9. Grants Summary In 2007, Knight Foundation granted $122,270,000. Over the course of the year, the foundation approved a variety of initiatives to be paid out over several years, and the total amount of grants authorized for current and future payment is $165,310,078. For a complete list of 2007 grants, please go to www.knightfoundation.org. PROGRAM AMOUNT Communities $ 85,486,174 Journalism 50,855,690 Strategic and New Initiatives 28,968,214 GRAND TOTAL $165,310,078 Growth in Dollars Directed Transformation Projects to Transformation Projects Consistent with our commitment to change, Knight Foundation has increased grant dollars going toward projects with the capacity to transform communities and journalism. Examples: > The Knight News Challenge has already awarded 37 grants worth $17.8 million to winners worldwide. It is part of a $25 million, five-year initiative. > Ashoka: Innovators for the Public will identify and support 30 social entrepreneurs in the field of journalism with $3 million in support over three years. > Citizen Schools has expanded its cutting-edge after-school program to eight U.S. regions. Knight has contributed $3 million to an endowment that allows this program to scale up. > The Saint Paul Foundation is using $1.575 million for neighborhood enhancements as a light-rail line begins to link the Twin Cities. > The Knight Arts Partnership will provide $20 million in arts endowments and another $20 million in matching grants for the arts in South Florida. 2006 2007 $28,400,000 $79,285,849 Trustees and Officers W. Gerald Austen, M.D. Paul S. Grogan Paula Lynn Ellis Chairman and Trustee Trustee Vice President/Strategic Initiatives Alberto Ibargüen Rolfe Neill Marc Fest President and CEO Trustee Vice President of Communications Robert W. Briggs Mariam C. Noland Belinda Turner Lawrence Vice Chairman Trustee Vice President/ Chief Administrative Officer Cesar L. Alvarez Beverly Knight Olson Juan J. Martinez Trustee Trustee Vice President/CFO and Treasurer Mary Sue Coleman Earl W. Powell Larry Meyer Trustee Trustee Senior Communications Officer/Secretary Marjorie Knight Crane John W. Rogers Jr. Eric Newton Trustee Trustee Vice President/Journalism Program James N. Crutchfield E. Roe Stamps IV Trabian Shorters Trustee Trustee Vice President/Communities Program Paul Steiger Trustee
  10. 10. Knight Foundation Media Innovation Initiatives Communities in a democracy need news and information. Knight Foundation addresses this core community need through four initiatives: Knight News Knight Community Knight Commission Knight Center of Challenge Information Challenge on Information Needs Digital Excellence The Knight News Challenge The Knight Community The Knight Commission on The Knight Center of funds ideas that use digital Information Challenge the Information Needs of Digital Excellence is a media to deliver news and offers matching grants Communities in a Democracy, nonprofit consultancy to information to geographically to foundations across in partnership with the Aspen help communities across the defined communities. America in a grassroots Institute, will propose public United States ensure digital initiative to strengthen policy to meet those needs. access for every citizen. www.newschallenge.org the communication of www.knightcomm.org www.knightcenter.info information in communities. www.informationneeds.org Join the Media Acknowledgements Innovation Conversation Editor: Larry Meyer Contributors: Robertson Adams, Julie Brooks, Meet Kristen Taylor, our new online community manager. Caroline Wingate and Dianne Lynch She wants to know what you think about these media innovation Video Production/Photography: efforts. Contact Kristen at taylor@knightfoundation.org. Brett O’Bourke and Richard Patterson, Common Machine Productions, Miami, Fla. Leave a comment at www.kflinks.com/initiatives. Design: Vortex Communications, Coral Gables, Fla. Printing: Southeastern Printing, Stuart, Fla. Web Production: Dotmarketing, Miami, Fla.
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