To create the Macon/Bibb Law Enforcement Foundation (MBLEF). This new foundation's mission is to mobilize the community to support public safety officers in the City of Macon and Bibb County
To increase high school graduation rates and college access for at least 90 African American male students by extending the Student African American Brotherhood's network to high schools in Akron, Macon, and Miami
To create the Center for Collaborative Journalism (CCJ), a unique community news and journalism training partnership between Mercer University, The Telegraph and Georgia Public Broadcasting aimed at improving news flows and engaging citizens
Knight Foundation invests in community success by creating a system that finds, nurtures and replicates civic innovations built on robust civic engagement.
Our work in Macon originated in 1969, when Knight Newspapers bought The Georgia Telegraph, and afternoon News, both based in the city. Jim Knight, the younger of the two brothers who founded the newspaper chain and Knight Foundation, was the force behind the deal. When told of his brother Jack’s dismissal of the small-market papers, Jim replied drily: “In a few years, he will be taking credit for Macon just as he’s taken credit for Charlotte.”
Now, Knight Foundation’s contributions have become an essential component of community life, from the revitalization of the College Hill Corridor to the Center for Collaborative Journalism at Mercer University. We work in Macon-Bibb to find, nurture, accelerate and disseminate ideas and solutions that will build a vibrant community. We combine our national reach with Macon’s strengths, knowledge and people to form partnerships of thinkers and doers, and move toward a bright future together.
We invest in civic innovation at the intersection of talent, opportunity and place to enable our communities to succeed.
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Macon Community Advisory Committee
• Charles Olson
• Lynn Murphey
• George McCanless
• Monica Smith