Uncharted Waters: Millions to Find Answers About Democracy, Media, and Technology

Uncharted Waters: Millions to Find Answers About Democracy, Media, and Technology

Dubbing the rise of digital communications and social media “the most profound shift in how we communicate with each other since Gutenberg,” the Knight Foundation aims to catalyze a new field of research on this revolution.

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Why Funders See Bolstering Local News as a Key to Rebuilding Public Trust in the Media

Why Funders See Bolstering Local News as a Key to Rebuilding Public Trust in the Media

A five-year, $300 million commitment from the Knight Foundation underscores the growing consensus among funders that a vibrant local news ecosystem is the best option available to reverse years of declining trust, and to “make democracy work.”

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Miami Rising: Two of the Funders Behind the City's Emergence an International Arts Hot Spot

Miami Rising: Two of the Funders Behind the City's Emergence an International Arts Hot Spot

In a little over a decade, Miami has developed one of the country's most vibrant arts ecosystems. We take a closer look at the two funders most responsible for its rapid ascent: the Knight Foundation and real estate developer Jorge M. Pérez.

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What It Takes: From Philadelphia, Lessons About Philanthropy and Civic Engagement

What It Takes: From Philadelphia, Lessons About Philanthropy and Civic Engagement

With backing from Knight and other funders, Philadelphia has been engaged in a unique experiment to strengthen the city’s civic engagement ecosystem. This initiative has had to overcome a number of challenges.

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Can Venture Philanthropy Save Local News? This Ambitious Initiative Aims to Find Out

Can Venture Philanthropy Save Local News? This Ambitious Initiative Aims to Find Out

A new group is looking to raise big money and create sustainable local news ecosystems. Such a funding approach has succeeded in aggregating large-scale philanthropic capital for other causes. Can it also rescue American journalism?

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Can Philanthropy Help Cities Find the Right Role for Driverless Vehicles?

Can Philanthropy Help Cities Find the Right Role for Driverless Vehicles?

Self-driving vehicles stand to change cities radically, for better or worse, with big implications for equity and the environment. One foundation is trying to give residents more say in how this plays out.

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Philanthropy’s Fixing Up Parks and Public Spaces. How Do We Know It's Helping Communities?  

Philanthropy’s Fixing Up Parks and Public Spaces. How Do We Know It's Helping Communities?  

Cities nationwide are mixing public and private funds to upgrade shared spaces. But what are the social, economic and civic effects? A funder-backed initiative is developing the metrics and data to find out.

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Getting It Right: A Parks Project Fueled by Private Dollars, With An Eye on Equity

Getting It Right: A Parks Project Fueled by Private Dollars, With An Eye on Equity

Glitzy urban parks projects have drawn fire for fueling gentrification and playing to the tastes of the donor class. As funders mobilize behind Philadelphia’s own High Line, they’re looking to avoid mistakes made elsewhere.

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Waterworld: Who’s Funding the Latest Effort to Withstand Sea-Level Rise?

Waterworld: Who’s Funding the Latest Effort to Withstand Sea-Level Rise?

Resilience is a big topic in philanthropy, targeting areas vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. A few foundations are backing a new design competition to protect Florida from sea-level rise.

 

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