By: Editorial Staff
THE JOHN S. AND James L. Knight Foundation has pledged $1 million in grants to help the flood-battered residents of the Grand Forks, N.D., area get back on their feet.
Half of the $1 million is being paid immediately, with $200,000 going to the American Red Cross, Red River Valley Chapter; $100,000 to United Way of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Area; $100,000 to the Salvation Army of Grand Forks; and $100,000 to a community organization still being formed that will oversee the long-term rebuilding effort.
The remaining $500,000 will be allocated when long-range needs become clearer, according to Creed Black, Knight Foundation president and CEO.
“These grants will go toward the creation of a better city than we had before,” said Mike Maidenberg, president and publisher of the Grand Forks Herald and a member of the Foundation’s Community Initiatives Advisory Committee.
“Those of us who experienced Hurricane Andrew’s devastation in 1992 can relate to the difficult times ahead as Grand Fork recovers,” said Knight Foundation Distribution Committee Chairman Alvah Chapman Jr., former head of Knight-Ridder, who headed South Florida’s “We Will Rebuild” effort. “But we’re also able to tell Grand Forks that things can, and do, get back to normal.”
Established in 1950, the Knight Foundation makes national grants in journalism, education and the field of arts and culture. It also supports organizations in 27 communities where the communications company founded by the Knight brothers publishes newspapers. It is wholly separate from and independent of those newspapers.
?(copyright: Editor & Publisher, May 10, 1997)