Knight Foundation Commits Up to $2.5 Million to the Community Foundation of North Florida

The Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has announced that it will award up to $2.5 million over the next seven years to the Community Foundation of North Florida to help foster a more informed and engaged Tallahassee.

Awarded as part of Knight's $70 million Community Foundation Initiative, which is designed to ensure that Knight-influenced communities have the information they need to make informed decisions, the grant will be used to help the community foundation enlarge its donor-advised fund to support the work of local nonprofits.

The grant will change the way Knight works in the Tallahassee region and requires that local grantseekers in the area apply for funding through the Community Foundation of North Florida. In addition, a new community foundation director in Knight's Miami headquarters works with an advisory committee in Tallahassee to guide the community foundation on how to use the funds. The new approach is be introduced in other Knight communities as well.

"Knight's commitment to additional resources in our community comes at a time when resources for local nonprofit organizations are in such short supply," said Joy Watkins, president of the Community Foundation of North Florida. "These new funds and a re-directed focus on informed, engaged community truly will be transformational for our community. We will work diligently to support Knight's efforts in our area."

"Foundations Deepen Partnership to Advance an "Informed, Engaged" Tallahassee." John S. and James L Knight Foundation Press Release 03/16/2010.