Knight Blog

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

Two Knight grantees in St. Paul recognized for leadership efforts

Feb. 17, 2012, 2:17 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

The February issue of Minnesota Monthly magazine features Dana Nelson of GiveMN and Laura Zabel of Springboard for the Arts - executive directors of two St. Paul Knight Foundation grantees. Both were profiled as Minnesotans “changing the way we think about the world - and its future.”

Nelson, the executive director of GiveMN, is featured in the profile “Gives philanthropy a new twist.” She is recognized for her work coordinating the largest one-day online giving event in the world, Give To the Max Day:


Dana Nelson

“GiveMN has helped thousands of Minnesota nonprofits raise some $46 million for their causes. While the online platform makes it a cinch for donors to do one-stop giving (even providing receipts for tax purposes), it’s especially valuable for the nonprofits themselves, who can easily set up organization profiles, use social networking to make fundraising pitches go viral, and ditch expensive direct-mail marketing.”

Knight blogged about the online fundraising platform last year.

Nelson also describes how for her next project she wants to reach out to schools to help them “ditch the bake sales and wrapping-paper peddling that takes time and energy away from schools’ primary goals.”


KCIC winners receive more than a grant

Feb. 17, 2012, 7:51 a.m., Posted by Michele McLellan


Community foundations that win the Knight Community Information Challenge receive more than funding to develop their idea.

Because news, information and digital opportunities represent a new frontier for many foundations, Knight provides important additional resources:

·      The Media Learning Seminar, a gathering of foundation leaders to explore ways to meet information needs. The next Media Learning Seminar is Feb. 20-21, 2012 in Miami and will be livestreamed to a wider audience.

·      Access to Knight circuit riders, who can provide technical support to guide grantmakers attempting information projects.

·      The Knight Community Information Challenge Boot Camp, hosted by Knight Digital Media Center at USC/Annenberg. This is an intensive, four-day seminar for managers of the winning projects to be held in September 2012.

New site amplifies role of young people to create positive social change

Feb. 16, 2012, 10:43 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller



Today, a new website is launching to provide a common platform for youth to share, learn and amplify the role of young people in creating positive social change. features a map to display events, organizations and projects across global issues areas allowing young people to discover more about the opportunities to get involved in their own communities or about global developments across the issues that matter to them.

The knowledge hub collects information tool kits and best practices to allow new projects to benefit from the successes and lessons learned from previous efforts of youth organizers.  

The new site will also help organizations effectively share information about their projects, to promote projects and initiatives collaboratively, and to help track and celebrate the collective progress being made worldwide to tackle the world's most challenging issues.