Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Lessons learned from using the Community Information Toolkit

Feb. 21, 2012, 11:27 a.m., Posted by Elise Hu


L to R: Mayur Patel, Kathy Bisbee, Alicia Philipp and Kelly Lucas

This post is part of a series about the 2012 Media Learning Seminar, a gathering of foundations, news organizations and tech experts on community information needs. Watch the livestream Monday and Tuesday at

One year after the release of Knight's Community Information Toolkit, foundations putting the guide to use say it has been critical in identifying community needs, creating collaborations and helping push for important change.

The Information Toolkit is a five-step guide to helping communities take better stock of their community information flows. Where do people go for information? Where are the gaps and areas for improvement? And how can the data gathered help lay groundwork for action? The aim: Strengthening communities by strengthening their information systems. 

"We should all think about ourselves as being in the business of helping communities have conversations with itself," said Mayur Patel, Knight's Vice President for Strategic Assessment. Patel led a panel of community foundations speaking about how the toolkit has helped advance their missions. 

Some key insights: 

Next round of Knights Arts Miami Challenge now open

Feb. 20, 2012, 6:30 p.m., Posted by Tatiana Hernandez

The Knight Arts Challenge Miami is now accepting applications for the 2012 year!

This five-year, $40 million initiative by Knight Foundation is looking for the most innovative and engaging ideas for the arts in South Florida. The best part is anyone can apply – individuals, non-profits, for profits, it doesn’t matter.

Applications are due by Monday, March 19 at midnight.

There are three simple rules:

1)   Your idea needs to be about the arts.

2)   Your project must take place in or benefit South Florida

3)   You must find funds to match Knight's committment.