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Knight Donor Advised Fund to Invest $400,000 in COVID-19 Response & Recovery

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With an investment of $400,000, the Knight Donor Advised Fund of Manatee Community Foundation will support COVID-19 relief and recovery in Bradenton, Florida.

Funds will be invested in the next few months to stabilize organizations critical to the Knight strategy of a connected set of equitable public spaces with a downtown and riverfront where people want to live.  Other funds will be used to engage and provide essential relief services to organizations that help inform and connect during the crisis. Once the crisis has passed, funds will assist long term solutions for organizations supporting the downtown area.

To date, grants are supporting Hispanic/Latino children and families living in the Bradenton area through UnidosNow, PPP application support for small businesses in downtown Bradenton through Realize Bradenton, and a 4-month position at the Bradenton Herald to provide local reporting on the impact of COVID-19 without a paywall.

To learn more about funding priorities or to share a potential project, email

Manatee Community Foundation was formed in 1998 with a challenge grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and shares a passion for informed and engaged communities.