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178

Portfolio Exits

28

Funds

3

Partners & Customers

2

About Knight Foundation

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, improving journalism worldwide and investing in the vitality of 26 U.S. communities

Knight Foundation Headquarter Location

Suite 3300 200 South Biscayne Boulevard

Miami, Florida, 33131,

United States

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Free Speech For All? Poll Reveals Americans' Views On Free Expression Post-2020

Jan 6, 2022

Poll Reveals Americans' Views On Free Expression Post-2020 Landmark survey by Knight Foundation and Ipsos reveals where Americans agree and disagree on free speech and the First Amendment Author: Jan 6, 2022 5:00 AM EST MIAMI, Jan. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- On the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Capitol insurrection, a new study provides unprecedented insights into how Americans perceive and experience their First Amendment rights. The study shows that nearly all Americans recognize the importance of free speech to a healthy democracy and that a large majority feel the First Amendment protects people like them. At the same time, the study reveals where Americans disagree on free expression issues in post-2020 society. The findings are based on a nationally representative survey of over 4,000 adults that was conducted by the public opinion research firm Ipsos. The report — " Free Expression in America Post-2020 ," part of the Knight Free Expression (KFX) Research Series — represents the most comprehensive accounting of public opinion on free expression available today. It builds on Knight Foundation's 18-year portfolio of research exploring student views on free speech and expression. In addition to revealing widespread agreement on the principles of free expression, the study shows where Americans' views diverge — especially when they concern perceptions of high-profile news events such as the Jan. 6 insurrection, the racial justice protests that swept the nation in the summer of 2020 and the spread of COVID-19 misinformation. Overall, the study reveals that overwhelming majorities of Americans place a high value on the principles of free speech: More than nine in 10 Americans (91%) agree that "protecting free speech is an important part of American democracy." Similarly, 90% of Americans agree that "people should be allowed to express unpopular opinions." Significant majorities believe "free speech rights help marginalized groups be heard" (86%) and that "having different points of view, including those that are 'bad' or offensive to some, promotes healthy debate in society" (77%). Despite this widespread agreement, the study shows that many Americans are concerned about the state of free speech in society today. Less than half of Americans (45%) believe that free speech is secure. Democrats (61%) are twice as likely as Republicans (28%) to believe that free speech rights are secure, with independents landing in the middle at 43%. When they disagree on First Amendment issues, Americans' experiences of the First Amendment differ by partisan affiliation and by race: Americans overwhelmingly believe entering the Capitol to disrupt the 2020 election certificationwas not a legitimate expression of First Amendment rights. Just 22% of Americans agreed that this activity was legitimate, with Republicans (33%) far more likely to hold this view than independents (23%) or Democrats (12%). Most Americans (73%) believe people taking part in protests of racial injustice during the summer of 2020 were legitimately expressing their First Amendment rights. A majority of Republicans (56%) agree, though that share is far smaller than independents (75%) or Democrats (85%). Just 30% of Americans believe spreading COVID-19 vaccine misinformation is a legitimate expression of First Amendment rights.But among Republicans, that figure rises to 44%, and it falls to 20% among Democrats. Independents are close to the average at 29%. Most people believe other groups have an easier time exercising their free speech rights without consequence than they do.For example, Democrats see conservatives as having an easier time, while Republicans believe minority groups, such as Black, Hispanic, Asian, or LGBTQ people, have an easier time than whites, conservatives, or people like them. While overall 84% of Americans feel the First Amendment protects people like them,only 61% of Black Americans feel this way. Taken together, these findings suggest a nation that is nearly unified in the belief that free expression is central to American democracy, but split on the ways free speech principles should be applied and safeguarded in the 21st century. "These findings underscore both commonalities and chasms in American society following 2020, a year of major events with free expression at their core," said Alberto Ibargüen, president of Knight Foundation. "Knight examines free expression because it is fundamental to building stronger communities and a healthier democracy. This study shows that even though Americans share and value the basic right to express ourselves, we sometimes disagree on what types of expression are legitimate in a 24/7 digital society." The KFX Research Series provides essential insights to help educators, policymakers and private companies understand how Americans' views of the principles of free expression are shifting in an era of great social and demographic change. As a Foundation with strong roots in local journalism, free speech and press freedom are central to Knight's mission of fostering informed and engaged communities. "American views regarding speech are not uniform, but informed by our diverse backgrounds and experiences," said Evette Alexander, Knight's director of Learning and Impact. "Uncovering points of common ground and disagreement among different political and racial groups can help shape and inform the dialogue on these critical issues." The Ipsos poll from which these findings are drawn was conducted in the summer of 2021. Later this year, Knight will unveil the next KFX Research Series study with updated data on how American college students view free speech and expression issues today. For interviews about this Knight study, please contact Nick DeSantis at knight@westendstrategy.com . Visit kf.org to learn more about the KFX Research Series. View original content: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/free-speech-for-all-poll-reveals-americans-views-on-free-expression-post-2020-301454976.html

Knight Foundation Investments

178 Investments

Knight Foundation has made 178 investments. Their latest investment was in CodePath.org as part of their Grant on November 11, 2021.

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Date

Round

Company

Amount

New?

Co-Investors

Sources

11/22/2021

Grant

CodePath.org

$2.25M

Yes

1

11/23/2020

Grant - II

Center for Black Innovation

$2.1M

No

1

1/31/2020

Unattributed

Black Angels Miami

Yes

1

7/22/2019

Grant

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$99M

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10

5/1/2019

Grant

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$99M

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10

Date

11/22/2021

11/23/2020

1/31/2020

7/22/2019

5/1/2019

Round

Grant

Grant - II

Unattributed

Grant

Grant

Company

CodePath.org

Center for Black Innovation

Black Angels Miami

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$2.25M

$2.1M

$99M

$99M

New?

Yes

No

Yes

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Co-Investors

Sources

1

1

1

10

10

Knight Foundation Portfolio Exits

28 Portfolio Exits

Knight Foundation has 28 portfolio exits. Their latest portfolio exit was Wickr on June 25, 2021.

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Exit

Companies

Valuation
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Acquirer

Sources

6/25/2021

Acquired

41

2/19/2021

Acquired

7

2/19/2021

Acquired

$99M

13

10/13/2020

Acquired

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10

3/24/2020

Acquired

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10

Date

6/25/2021

2/19/2021

2/19/2021

10/13/2020

3/24/2020

Exit

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Acquired

Companies

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Valuation

$99M

Acquirer

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Sources

41

7

13

10

10

Knight Foundation Fund History

3 Fund Histories

Knight Foundation has 3 funds, including Art and Technology Fund.

Closing Date

Fund

Fund Type

Status

Amount

Sources

9/17/2018

Art and Technology Fund

$5M

1

11/30/2015

Knight Prototype Fund

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10

12/31/2011

Knight Foundation Enterprise Fund

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$99M

10

Closing Date

9/17/2018

11/30/2015

12/31/2011

Fund

Art and Technology Fund

Knight Prototype Fund

Knight Foundation Enterprise Fund

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Amount

$5M

$99M

Sources

1

10

10

Knight Foundation Partners & Customers

2 Partners and customers

Knight Foundation has 2 strategic partners and customers. Knight Foundation recently partnered with Niantic on May 5, 2017.

Date

Type

Business Partner

Country

News Snippet

Sources

5/4/2017

Partner

Niantic

United States

Niantic partners with Knight Foundation to foster communities in the real world

The partnership will see Niantic 's Ingress and Pokemon GO featured at Knight Foundation events .

3

10/21/2011

Partner

Akron Beacon Journal

United States

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10

Date

5/4/2017

10/21/2011

Type

Partner

Partner

Business Partner

Niantic

Akron Beacon Journal

Country

United States

United States

News Snippet

Niantic partners with Knight Foundation to foster communities in the real world

The partnership will see Niantic 's Ingress and Pokemon GO featured at Knight Foundation events .

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Sources

3

10

Knight Foundation Team

4 Team Members

Knight Foundation has 4 team members, including current Chief Executive Officer, President, Alberto Ibarguen.

Name

Work History

Title

Status

Alberto Ibarguen

Chief Executive Officer, President

Current

Juan J Martinez

Chief Financial Officer

Current

Juan J Martinez

Chief Financial Officer

Current

Jorge A Martinez

Chief Technology Officer

Current

Name

Alberto Ibarguen

Juan J Martinez

Juan J Martinez

Jorge A Martinez

Work History

Title

Chief Executive Officer, President

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Technology Officer

Status

Current

Current

Current

Current

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