By Ava Lindstrom, Executive Assistant
As we advocate for the preservation of farmland, open space, and natural resources, we are also proud to encourage and support new and emerging activists and engaged citizens to advocate for issues they are passionate about. Local advocacy is a skill that is too important not to share with the surrounding community, and through our Community Advocates Leadership Academy, we’ve trained dozens of people to make a difference wherever they live. We receive funding from the County of San Mateo’s Health System, Google Inc., and generous Committee for Green Foothills donors for this program. Now, we are fortunate to receive a generous grant from the Knight Foundation to further support our work.
The Knight Foundation makes grants to promote informed and engaged communities in each of the 26 cities where its founding brothers, John S. and James L. Knight, once owned newspapers–among them, San Jose. We believe in the Knight Foundation’s mission and our shared aims to bring together a local community of people who are committed, passionate, and looking to improve the places they live.
Receiving this grant from the Knight Foundation will help us continue to ensure that the people who participate in this program reflects the diversity in our own community. We’re committed to making the Community Advocates Leadership Academy accessible to everyone, and being able to subsidize tuition goes a long way towards helping us meet this goal. Many thanks to the Knight Foundation for supporting our efforts to support our community.