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About our Detroit Strategy

Knight Foundation invests in community success by supporting civic innovation, founded on robust civic engagement, in talent, opportunity and place. In Detroit, we focus on innovative places, talent and civic infrastructure that accelerate Detroit’s revitalization.

We invest in places that accelerate talent and advance opportunity. Some of our initial investments emphasize the Eastern Market and TechTown districts, but we are also seeking prototype investments in other areas of Detroit primed to accelerate talent and opportunity. 

We invest in residents, including immigrants and entrepreneurs, as drivers of economic growth, job creation and neighborhood revitalization. In this area investments will primarily accelerate the work of intermediaries such as the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan and Global Detroit.

We invest in innovation in governance and civic capacity. As Detroit navigates bankruptcy and a new civic infrastructure, our investments will support development of these areas in partnership with the public and private sectors.

If youre interested in our arts program, learn more about our arts strategy and Knight Arts Challenge Detroit



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


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Detroit Community Advisory Committee

• Abir Ali
• Sheila Cockrel
• Phillip Cooley
• Stephen Henderson
• Sarida Scott
• Marc Schwartz