Reports From the Field: Place-Based Foundations and the Knight Community Information Challenge

Feb 23, 2010
  • Description

Community and place-based foundations are in the midst of an incredible transformation. Their historic roles as fund managers or check writers primarily focused on local philanthropic assets, are evolving to becoming influential catalysts in their communities for social change: taking ownership of issues in their community, mobilizing multifaceted campaigns for change, and creating actionable knowledge for the larger field. These renaissance community and place-based foundation leaders know and engage with a wide circle of stakeholders involved in community issues of interest to them -- including those representing nonprofits, governments, donors, and community leaders among others. This report explores how, through the Knight Community Information Challenge, community and place-based foundations are incorporating community information needs into their work for the benefit of both their communities and foundation missions and strategies.