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THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION

The American based, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a non-profit foundation which strives to encourage and promote journalism and support 26 communities where the Knight brothers owned newspaper publications.

From 1907 to 1933, Charles Landon Knight published the Akron Beacon Journal. One of his practices was helping out financially strapped college students with their tuition.

Beginning in 1940 as the Knight Memorial Education Fund, today the Knight Foundation thrives and supports diverse projects globally. Following the practice of their father, John S. Knight and James L. Knight gave small grants for journalistic causes.

After Creed Black assumed the presidency in 1988, the foundation's national presence grew. In 1990 the board of trustees voted to relocate the foundation's headquarters from Akron, Ohio, to Miami, Florida. The foundation was renamed the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation on 1 January 1993.

Funding in 2006 was distributed according to three programs. They are the Journalism Program, the Communities Program, and the National Program. Additionally, Knight Foundation has funded programs outside the basic three as in the case of Emergency Grantmaking (Hurricanes Andrew, Mitch, and Katrina; and for the September 11th Attacks).