Sunday, October 11, 2009

The soul of Bradenton? Read on

My column today focuses on the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's three-year community research project, Soul of the Community.

The links above will allow you to explore more about the project and the Knight Foundation, whose mission statement explains its soul:
Our Mission
We are a national foundation with local roots. We choose, as the Knight brothers chose, to seek opportunities that can transform both communities and journalism, and help them reach their highest potential. We want to ensure that each community's citizens get the information they need to thrive in a democracy.

And we ask, as we evaluate opportunities and grants, "Is this truly transformational?"

Because grant making requires a sound financial base, we preserve the Knight brothers' gift through prudent investment and careful management.

And here is a link to the specific findings on Bradenton, one of 26 metropolitan areas that define the focus of this grant's research.

It's worth exploring.

-- Joan

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