The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a longtime philanthropic partner to the Columbia community, has awarded $270,000 in grants to 15 local nonprofit art organizations in response to... Read More
Building A Community Together
We work with our donors and partners to transform communities and change lives.
Since our inception in 1984, we have awarded more than $170 million in grants, touching nearly all aspects of life in our community.
Donor Directed Grants
The majority of our grants are donor directed, meaning they are recommended by our donors who have set up charitable funds with the Foundation.
We work closely with our donors to provide tools and information so they can invest wisely in our community. Our team researches each nonprofit organization before a grant is issued and meets regularly with organizations across our region to learn about the impact of our donor’s grant dollars.
We provide administrative support to a number of corporations and donors in the Midlands, managing their competitive grant processes.
Community Impact Grants
Our Board of Trustees distributes grants from our community’s endowment each year based on four focus areas:
Building Nonprofit Capacity
Collaborations with Other Local Funders
Increasing Philanthropy In Our Region