The Knight Foundation is an organization that pushes support around “quality journalism.” The Knight Foundation has donated $9 million to three national organizations that focus on civic technology and engagement. The donees are TED, Code for America, and the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The funding was part of The Knight Foundation’s Tech for Engagement Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to influence technology in order to shape and transform democracy by letting people engage with each other in unique ways. The $9 million is being split between the 3 organizations.
Of the $9 million, $5 million will go towards Code for America, $3.12 million is being given to NYU’s GovLab (a program that trains graduate students how to design and implement tech-based solutions to help solve community problems), and the remaining is being given to TED (TED conference).