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Knight Foundation promotes the best ideas to advance journalism, the arts and the success of cities. Here are some of the topics we care about, organized as resources so that you can join us in working for positive change.
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Trust, media and democracy
Arts and Technology
Libraries
Elections and Voting
Engagement Through the Arts
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Leadership and Talent
Successful Cities
Freedom of Expression
Digital Storytelling

Libraries

Fostering a strong future for libraries as trusted public institutions.

Knight Foundation has long supported libraries because of the vital role they play in building informed and engaged communities. Libraries function as community centers, resources for government services and important educational spaces. They play a key role in social connectedness, economic opportunity, civic engagement, access to information and technology and more.

We’ve increasingly focused on funding innovation in libraries and collaborations to help them adapt to the changing community needs and preferences  in the 21st century.

Recent research has shown that libraries are one of few democratic institutions that Americans consistently identify as trustworthy: While public confidence in establishments such as the press and government continue to drop, the library remains a welcoming and dependable institution in the eyes of Americans. In fact, most Americans, especially millennials, say libraries can help them find reliable, trustworthy information in the time of “fake news,” social media and news saturation.

Knight is committed to helping libraries maintain their unique, positive role.

Research and initiatives

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Technology

Developing Clarity: Innovating in Library Systems

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has a history of supporting libraries. We made our first library grant to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in 1964, and our first grant to an urban public library was to the Akron-Summit County Public Library in 1971. Since then we have made nearly 200 library […]

Developing Clarity: Innovating in Library Systems
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Library innovation focus of five projects receiving nearly $1 million in new support from Knight Foundation

New report offers lessons in innovation for urban libraries

Library innovation focus of five projects receiving nearly $1 million in new support from Knight Foundation
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Tackling new information challenges in the digital age focus of eight projects supported by $4.5 million from Knight Foundation

Knight News Challenge celebrates 10 years, releases report on lessons learned

Tackling new information challenges in the digital age focus of eight projects supported by $4.5 million from Knight Foundation

Articles

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Technology

How libraries can guide people through the maze of information available in the digital age

How libraries can guide people through the maze of information available in the digital age
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Communities

BEYOND BOOKS: THE TRANSFORMATION OF CHARLOTTE’S MAIN LIBRARY, WITH $10M FROM KNIGHT

Image: Rendering of new Main Library design. Design Architect: Snøhetta; Architect of Record: Clark Nexsen; Rendering: LMNB Copyright: Snøhetta Today, Knight Foundation announced a $10 million investment in a new library for downtown Charlotte—the first private contribution in a $135 million campaign to create a state-of-the-art public space that can serve not just as a repository for […]

BEYOND BOOKS: THE TRANSFORMATION OF CHARLOTTE’S MAIN LIBRARY, WITH $10M FROM KNIGHT

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