Knight Foundation invests in cities where the Knight brothers once owned newspapers, supporting both authentically local and relevant national ideas.


What we look for

As San Jose faces tremendous population growth, Knight Foundation supports the urbanization of a traditionally sprawling city with a focus on Central San Jose.

Our investments tap into the region’s creative energy and disruptive history to accelerate the city’s significance as a well-connected, transport-accessible hub for culture and innovation in the South Bay. Specifically, we aim to better understand and support answers to these challenges:

Bold Vision: How might San Jose better coordinate design, construction and investment efforts in support of a bold, people-centered vision for the city?

A Big Idea:  How might San Jose redevelop an underused asset such as the Guadalupe River into a successful model for economic development, design and technology, community engagement and sustainability?

1,000 Little Things: How might San Jose continue to add amenities that make the city more livable and lovable, such as protected bike lanes, public art, greenery, outdoor café seating and more?

A Culture of Yes: How might San Jose seize its spirit of innovation to make City Hall one of the most innovative and welcoming spaces for new ideas and budding entrepreneurs seeking to make this one of America’s great cities?

Knight supports this work by collaborating with public- and private-sector partners on a a range of projects, from prototypes and pop-ups, to in-depth research and sustained organizational support.

We value the power of the arts to inspire creativity, share culture and build community. Each year, Knight Foundation invests in artists and institutions that represent the authentic voice of our city. If you’re interested in our Arts program, read more about our arts strategy

Program Director

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Daniel Harris

Director/San Jose