To attract and retain talent, expand opportunity and build civic engagement by funding the creation and operation of the Better Block Foundation, a nonprofit focused on engaging people in rapidly making their neighborhoods more vibrant.
To include Knight-community libraries in the creation of a national digital library network
To create, test and release open-source software that links databases to allow citizens of a large city to learn (and act on) civic information about their neighborhood or block
To allow Mobilize.org to expand Democracy 2.0 - its community-based, millennial-led engagement project - into five Knight communities: Detroit, San Jose, Miami, Charlotte and Philadelphia
To support the creation of the National Citizenship Collaboration to test new program models, technology, collaboration and resources to enable more immigrants to become naturalized citizens in Detroit, Miami, San Jose, Long Beach and Charlotte
To support the New Americans Campaign to enable more immigrants to become naturalized citizens in Detroit, Charlotte, Miami and San Jose - accelerating civic engagement and talent retention.
To introduce educators in Knight communities to action civics through the Mikva Challenge's 'New Civics Practitioners Conference' in June 2015.
To bring Springboard for the Arts' Community Supported Art program to Knight Foundation's eight communities over the next two years, inspiring local art movements