Knight Foundation

"Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy."

Legal Name
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
December 1950
Current Place
Miami, Florida, United States of America


The Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. The Knight brothers believed that a well-informed community could best determine its own true interests and was essential to a well-functioning, representative democracy. The brothers pursued those beliefs, building and running one of America's largest and most successful 20th century newspaper companies. The Knights formed Knight Foundation to promote excellence in journalism and the success of the communities in which they worked, in the words of Jim Knight. The company was sold, and the foundation, ever evolving, carries on this work.

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