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About our Akron Strategy

Knight Foundation invests in community success by creating a system that finds, nurtures and replicates civic innovations built on robust civic engagement. In Akron, the birthplace of Knight Newspapers and Knight Foundation, we invest in core city vitality to attract and retain the next generation of talent as Akron creates a 21st century economy.

Akron is a city with a rich history of innovation. A part of that legacy is manifested at the University of Akron, with its strong foundation in science and engineering and graduates who are an essential part of northeast Ohio's future. 

To build that future we focus our investments at the intersection of talent, opportunity and place. Our grantmaking is designed to attract, retain and harness talent, expand opportunity by boosting enterprise creation and increasing economic mobility, and explore how places can be designed and programmed to accelerate the exchange of ideas and bring people from diverse social and economic backgrounds together.

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We invest in civic innovators who help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement.



277 East Mill Street, Akron, OH 44308 (map)
Telephone: (330) 576-2918


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