Attending this week’s annual Knight Foundation Media Learning Seminar in Miami, we were struck not only by how much has been accomplished by the Knight Community Information Challenge (KCIC), but also by how much the conversation has evolved. It was just a few years ago that Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, announced the KCIC and its Knight Information Challenge Grant program during the Council on Foundations Fall Conference for Community Foundations. This open invitation encouraged community foundations and other place-based funders to help local community media discover and define their community’s information needs.
As community foundations become active leaders in local news and information, many are learning they don’t need to go it alone. A variety of different partnership models are emerging and they are detailed in a new report by FSG for Knight Foundation.
A report underwritten by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has found that this donor is younger and more likely to be African-American or Latino than traditional donors. Moreover, new donors often use their mobile phones to make contributions through text messaging that is inspired by moving and sometimes distressing stories about people in crisis.
I’ve long been wary about in-house videos. Because, let’s face it, videos can be tough to pull off. So it was with some trepidation that we decided not just to make our first set of short videos this year, but to feature them at our 25th anniversary annual meeting-indeed, to make them the centerpiece of the program for the afternoon.
The Community Foundation Week blog series continues with the Inland Northwest Community Foundation sharing how they put together a PSA campaign on how donors can leave a lasting legacy in the community using real-life stories. Check out their videos on YouTube as well.
Research is an important component to the day-to-day work of many key areas at foundations. While foundation employees usually have a sense of what they are looking for, sometimes it is helpful to identify what you are not looking for too. Sophia Guevara offers some helpful tips to improve research efficiency.
With the 100 year anniversary of the community foundation field next year, The Alaska Community Foundation reflects on its individual work over the last 16 years and what it can accomplish over the next century as part of the larger field in the latest Community Foundation Week blog on Re: Philanthropy.