Knight Foundation gives grant to DoSomething campaign
June 30, 2011
A fast-growing charity organization, which seeks to help engage young people in social change, recently received a major donation from a handful of foundations to support its community efforts.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation recently announced that it would be giving a $1 million grant to DoSomething, which is seeking to have 3.8 million young, mobile phone-using members by 2014. The foundation said that it believed that the funds would help give information to students in a medium that they used on a frequent basis.
The foundation's president said that the direct access with teens was crucial.
"By stressing a membership model, Dosomething will more personally involve teens in service to community. By making membership mobile, teens will have community engagement opportunities right in their pockets and at all times," said Alberto Ibargüen.
The Knight Foundation isn't the only fund to support the program. Earlier, Omidyar Network gave a similar grant to help the organization reach more youngsters, according to The New York Times.