The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes excellence in journalism worldwide and invests in the vitality of the U.S. communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects with the potential to create transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.Our mission
We are a national foundation with local roots. We choose, as the Knight brothers chose, to seek opportunities that can transform both communities and journalism, and help them reach their highest potential. We want to ensure that each community's citizens get the information they need to thrive in a democracy.
And we ask, as we evaluate opportunities and grants, "Is this truly transformational?"
Because grant making requires a sound financial base, we preserve the Knight brothers' gift through prudent investment and careful management.We passionately believe things can get better
We believe nothing big happens without a big idea, nothing new without a new idea. In every project we fund, the idea comes first.
Every day, we ask the question, of ourselves and our partners, "Is this the best there is?" We seek out leaders who ask the same, who can identify the best opportunities and turn the big ideas into action.The five basics that all transformational projects seem to have:
- Discovery of the facts
- The vision to see what’s possible
- The courage to push for change
- The know-how to get it done
- The tenacity that gets results