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Terms and Conditions / Privacy Policy

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

User Agreement

This John S. and James L. Knight Foundation User Agreement (“Agreement”) is between The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (the “Knight Foundation”) and the person or entity that has clicked on the “AGREE” box below (“you,” “your” or “yours”). This Agreement describes the terms under which you may use this website (“Website”). By clicking on the “AGREE” box you are agreeing to comply with and be bound by all the terms of this Agreement.


I. Registration .

The Website contains many features, including the capacity to: (a) allow submission of proposals by you for funding by the Knight Foundation (“Proposals”); (b) allow you to view various subjects of community and social importance regarding news and information for which the Knight Foundation is seeking input and solutions(each, a “Challenge”); (c) allow you to provide your comments, questions and musings regarding each such challenge(collectively, (“Inspiration”); (d) allow you to provide comments, feedback and suggestions regarding Inspirations posted on the Website by other users (collectively, “Feedback”); and (e) allow you to provide affirmative recognition of the Inspirations submitted by other users in the form of a posted icon, text or avatar (“Applause”). In order to submit Proposals, Inspiration, Feedback or Applause, you must first register with the Website and create a personal account (“Account”)by fully and accurately completing the sign up page ( https://www.newschallenge.org/signup.html) , and providing to the Knight Foundation such fully accurate personal information as the KnightFoundation may reasonably require, including without limitation your name, your email address and other information (collectively,“Personal Information”); you agree to keep all Personal Information updated and correct. Your Account is personal to you, and you may not share it or allow it to be used by anyone other than you. You are solely responsible to ensure that your Account is used only by you and in a manner consistent with this Agreement. You agree to keep your user name and password confidential, and not allow any third party to use such user name or password. You hereby agree to indemnify and defend the Knight Foundation from and against any losses or liabilities arising from any disclosure or misuse of your user name or password.

II. Proposals .

You may use the Website to submit Proposals. By submitting a Proposal you hereby represent to the Knight Foundation that:

A. The Proposal is an original work of yours or your employees or agents.

B. The Proposal does not infringe on the rights of anyone else.

C. You hereby agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Knight Foundation against any losses or liabilities arising from or in connection with any claimof infringement of the rights of others.

D. The Knight Foundation is under no obligation to fund or otherwise have a future relationship with you. If it does choose to have a relationship, the Knight Foundation may suggest various kindsof relationships, including contracts, grants, loans, program-relatedinvestments, or other kinds of investments and relationships, which shall beagreed upon by the parties at that time in writing.

E. Applicants receiving a “Knight News Challenge” award will be subject to the terms and conditions of their corresponding award agreement. Examples of such agreementsfor different types of support include grants can be found here ( http://www.knightfoundation.org/knight-news-challenge/sample-grant-agreement/) .

III. Challenges,Inspiration, Feedback and Applause .

A. The Knight Foundation may designate and withdraw Challengesas it sees fit, and you have no obligation to review such Challenges or toprovide Inspiration with respect thereto. If you do provide Inspiration, you hereby agree that other users of theWebsite may then provide and post Feedback regarding your Inspiration.

B. You may use the Website to submit Feedback or Applause as toInspiration that was submitted by other users. Your Feedback and Applause will be posted on the Website along with thecorresponding third party Inspiration. You agree that neither you nor any third party has anyexpectation of privacy or confidentiality as to any Feedback or Applause, andthat the Knight Foundation and all other users of the Website may use anddisclose all Feedback and Applause without permission from, or notice orpayment to, you or any third party. Youshall be solely responsible for your own Feedback and Applause, and you herebyrepresent and warrant that you have all necessary rights to allow inclusion anduse of Feedback and Applause on the Website. Your Feedback may include ideas, concepts, suggestions or questions thatyou believe in good faith would be appropriate for the Website and would improvethe corresponding Proposal. You maysubmit as much Feedback as you wish, but the Knight Foundation shall have theright to limit, modify or block your Feedback if your Feedback is using anexcess volume of Knight Foundation information technology resources. The Knight Foundation may delete, removeaccess to or archive Feedback and Applause as it sees fit without permissionfrom, or notice or payment to, you or any third party. The Website also contains a “Report This”link for you and other users to report to Knight any content that you believedoes not conform to this Agreement.

IV. License .

By submitting any Proposal, Inspiration, Feedback or Applause (collectively, “SubmittedMaterials”) to the Knight Foundation, you hereby grant Knight Foundation aworldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, paid up, sublicensable, perpetual, irrevocable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, preparederivative works of, display and perform such Submitted Materials in connectionwith the Website and Knight Foundation's (and its successors' and affiliates')businesses, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing partor all of the Website in any media formats and through any media channels. You understand and agree that the KnightFoundation may retain indefinitely copies of Submitted Materials that have beenremoved by the Knight Foundation from the Website.

V. Restrictions .

In connection withSubmitted Materials, you agree that you will not submit material that isillegal, inaccurate, hateful, racist, offensive, vulgar, obscene, disgusting,indecent or objectionable. In connectionwith Submitted Materials, you also agree that you will not submit material thatis copyrighted by, protected by trade secrets of or otherwise subject to theproprietary rights (including without limitation privacy and publicity rights) of, any third party, unless you have permission from that third party to do soand to grant The Knight Foundation all of the license rights grantedherein. You agree that the KnightFoundation shall be the sole arbiter of whether any Submitted Materials are inbreach of any and all of the foregoing obligations. Knight Foundation does notendorse any Submitted Materials or any opinion, recommendation, or adviceexpressed therein, and the Knight Foundation expressly disclaims any and allliability in connection with Submitted Materials. Knight Foundation does not permit copyrightinfringing activities and infringement of intellectual property rights on theWebsite, and the Knight Foundation reserves the right to remove any and allSubmitted Materials without notice.

VI. Limitations .

Any use of the Website through your Account or otherwise must conform to the following:

A. You will not redistributeany part of the Website or any content appearing on or visible through theWebsite, including without limitation Submitted Materials of third parties.

B. You will not change,remove or add to any part of the Website.

C. You agree that your useof the Website shall be for your own personal, non-commercial use.

D. You agree not to use orlaunch any automated system, including without limitation, "robots,""spiders," or other automated programs to access the Website. You will not obtain or attempt to obtain anypersonally identifiable information from any other users or third parties fromthe Website, or use any services available on the Website for commercial purposes.

E. You agree that the KnightFoundation may add to, delete from or modify the Website at any time without notice.

F. You agree that the contenton the Website (other than Submitted Materials) and the trademarks and service marks on the Website are owned by or licensed to the Knight Foundation. There are no implied rights or licenses inthis Agreement.

G. You agree not tocircumvent, disable or otherwise interfere with any security-related featuresof the Website, and you will not impersonate any third party or interfere withany third party’s use of the Website.

H. You understand and agreethat when using the Website you may be exposed to Submitted Materials from avariety of sources, and that the Knight Foundation is not responsible for theaccuracy, content, usefulness, safety, or intellectual property rights of orrelating to such Submitted Materials. You further understand and acknowledge that you may be exposed toSubmitted Materials that are illegal, inaccurate, hateful, racist, offensive,vulgar, obscene, disgusting, indecent or objectionable, and you agree to waive,and hereby do waive, any legal or equitable rights or remedies you have or mayhave against the Knight Foundation with respect thereto. You agree to defend, indemnify and holdharmless the Knight Foundation, its affiliates, officers, directors, employeesand agents, from and against any and all claims, damages, threats, suits,proceedings, losses and liabilities (including attorneys’ fees) arising from orrelated to: (i) your use of andaccess to the Website; (ii) yourviolation of this Agreement; (iii) yourviolation of any third party right, including without limitation any copyright,property or privacy right; or (iv) anyclaim that one of your Submitted Materials caused damage to a third party. Thisdefense and indemnification obligation will survive the expiration ortermination of this Agreement.

VII. Content and Submitted Materials .

A Use. Knight Foundation may terminate your Account and your access to the Website at any time and for anyreason. Knight Foundation also reservesthe right to decide whether Submitted Materials are appropriate and comply withthis Agreement in its sole discretion.

(1) Notices. If you are a copyright owneror an agent thereof and believe that any Submitted Materials on the Websiteinfringe upon your copyrights, you may submit a notification pursuant to theDigital Millennium Copyright Act by providing the Knight Foundation’s CopyrightAgent (identified below) with the following information in writing:

(a) A physical orelectronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the work that is allegedly infringed;

(b) Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed, or, if multiple copyrightedworks are covered by a single notification, a representative list of such worksat that site;

(c) Identification of thematerial that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity and that is to be removed or access to which is to be disabled and information reasonably sufficient to permit the Knight Foundation to locate the material;

(d) Information reasonably sufficient to permit the Knight Foundation to contact you, such as an address,telephone number or email address;

(e) A statement that you have agood faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is notauthorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and

(f) A statement that the  information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, thatyou are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that isallegedly infringed.

(2) Copyright Agent. Knight Foundation's designated CopyrightAgent to receive notifications of claimed infringement is:
web@KnightFoundation.com, fax: (305) 908-2698. Only claimed infringement notifications may be sent to the Copyright Agent.

(3) Counter Notices. If you believethat your Submitted Material that was removed or disabled is not infringing, orthat you have the authorization from the copyright owner, the copyright owner'sagent, or pursuant to the law, to post and use the content in your SubmittedMaterial, you may send a counter-notice containing the following information tothe Copyright Agent:

(a) Your physical or electronic signature;

(b) Identification of theSubmitted Material that has been removed or to which access has been disabled and the location at which the Submitted Material appeared before it was removedor disabled;

(c) A statement that you havea good faith belief that the Submitted Material was removed or disabled as aresult of mistake or a misidentification of the Submitted Material; and

(d) Your name, address,telephone number, and e-mail address, a statement that you consent to thejurisdiction of the federal court in Miami, Florida, and a statement that youwill accept service of process from the person who provided notification of the alleged infringement.

C. Links. This Website may provide links to other websites or resources over which the Knight Foundation does not have control (“External Websites”). Such links do not constitute an endorsementby the Knight Foundation of those External Websites. You acknowledge that the Knight Foundation isproviding these links to you only as a convenience, and further agree that the Knight Foundation is not responsible for the content of such External Websites or any business dealings you may have with such External Websites. Your use of External Websites is subject to the terms of use and privacy policies (if any) located on the linked to External Web sites, and is at your own risk. Certain other websites may link to this Website. You may provide links to this Website from your own website as long as you do not use any Knight Foundation trademarks,and do not link to this Website by any means that gives visitors to your own website the impression that you are linking to pages that are within your own website, or that the Knight Foundation endorses your website, sponsors your website, or is in any way affiliated with your website. You shall not attribute a link on yourwebsite to this Website and then link somewhere else. You may not ”frame” any portion of the Website or present any portion of the Website as belonging to you or any third party.

VIII. Your Conduct .

You understand and agree that perfect security does not exist anywhere, and you will therefore protectyour Personal Information in a reasonable way at all times. Accordingly, you will not recklessly discloseor publish your Personal Information to those that would reasonably be expected to improperly use or disclose that Personal Information.

IX. Term .

The term of this Agreement will continue until terminated by you or the Knight Foundation upon notice tothe other. Knight Foundation may suspendaccess to your Account at any time with or without notice and with or withoutcause.

X. Privacy Policy .

Effective date: January 21, 2015.

This privacy policy applies to www.knightfoundation.org, www.infotoolkit.orgwww.knightarts.org, www.newschallenge.org and soulofthecommunity.org owned and operated by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation ("Knight Foundation"). This privacy policy describes how John S. and James L. Knight Foundation collects and uses the personal information you provide on our web sites: www.knightfoundation.org, www.infotoolkit.org, www.knightarts.org, www.newschallenge.org and soulofthecommunity.org. It also describes the choices available to you regarding our use of your personal information and how you can access and update this information.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has received TRUSTe's Privacy Seal signifying that this privacy policy and our practices have been reviewed for compliance with the TRUSTe program viewable on the validation page available by clicking the TRUSTe seal. The TRUSTe program covers only information that is collected through these Web sites: www.knightfoundation.org, www.infotoolkit.orgwww.knightarts.org, www.newschallenge.org and soulofthecommunity.org.

TRUSTe's mission, as an independent third party, is to accelerate online trust among consumers and organizations globally through its leading privacy Trustmark and innovative trust solutions. If you have questions or complaints regarding our privacy policy or practices, please contact us at web@knightfoundation.org.

If you have an unresolved privacy or data use concern that we have not addressed satisfactorily, please contact TRUSTe here.

Collection and Use of Personal Information

We collect the following personal information from you

  • Contact Information such as name, email address, mailing address, phone number

We use this information to

  • Send you requested product or service information
  • Respond to customer service requests
  • Send you a newsletter
  • Respond to your questions and concerns

Information Sharing

As a result of grant requests and other correspondence with Knight Foundation, we keep non-financial contact information such as your e-mail address and postal address in a database used by employees, and some contractors and non-profit partners. We collect this information to administer your account and to send you marketing emails that might interest you.

We collect e-mail and postal addresses from a variety of sources including partner organizations and public records lists. We sometimes share information with our grant partners when it's related to the content of a program or project and we think you'll be interested in the material.

We will share your personal information with third parties only in the ways that are described in this privacy policy. We do not sell your personal information to third parties.

We will not share any part of your information with any for-profit or commercial organizations. Your e-mail and postal address may be shared with other non-profit organizations. We will ask for your permission before any personal information is shared with third parties. If you change your mind, you will also be given the choice to opt out from sharing your personal information to third parties.

We may provide your personal information to companies that provide services to help us with our business activities such as [shipping your order or offering customer service]. These companies are authorized to use your personal information only as necessary to provide these services to us.

We may also disclose your personal information:

  • as required by law, such as to comply with a subpoena, or similar legal process
  • when we believe in good faith that disclosure is necessary to protect our rights, protect your safety or the safety of others, investigate fraud, or respond to a government request,
  • if John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is involved in a merger, acquisition, or sale of all or a portion of its assets, you will be notified via email and/or a prominent notice on our Web site of any change in ownership or uses of your personal information, as well as any choices you may have regarding your personal information,
  • to any other third party with your prior consent to do so

We will honor your request to stop sending you publications or e-mail newsletters, and this will not affect your grant-related communications. Please e-mail publications@knightfdn.org or web@knightfdn.org with such requests or you can unsubscribe by following the instructions included in each email.

User Access and Choice

If your personal information changes, or if you no longer desire our service, you may correct, update, amend, delete/remove, or deactivate it by making the change on our member information page [or by emailing our Customer Support team at web@knightfoundation.org or by contacting us by telephone or postal mail at the contact information listed below. We will respond to your request to access within 30 days.

We will retain your information for as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you services. We will retain and use your information as necessary to comply with our legal obligations, resolve disputes, and enforce our agreements.


The security of your personal information is important to us. We follow generally accepted standards to protect the personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security.

Tracking Technologies

Technologies such as: cookies, beacons, tags and scripts are used by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and our analytics or service providers. These technologies are used in analyzing trends, administering the site, tracking users’ movements around the site and to gather demographic information about our user base as a whole. We may receive reports based on the use of these technologies by these companies on an individual as well as aggregated basis. We use cookies for measuring page views and clicks. Users can control the use of cookies at the individual browser level. If you reject cookies, you may still use our site, but your ability to use some features or areas of our site such as blog commenting, may be limited.

As is true of most web sites, we gather certain information automatically and store it in log files.  This information may include internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, operating system, date/time stamp, and/or clickstream data.

We do not link this automatically collected data to other information we collect about you.

We use Local Storage Objects (LSOs) such as Flash to store content information and preferences. Third parties with whom we partner to provide certain features on our site or to display advertising based upon your Web browsing activity use LSOs such as HTML 5 or Flash to collect and store information. To learn how to manage privacy and storage settings for Flash cookies click here: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html#117118.

We partner with a third party to either display advertising on our Web site or to manage our advertising on other sites. Our third party partner may use technologies such as cookies to gather information about your activities on this site and other sites in order to provide you advertising based upon your browsing activities and interests.  If you wish to not have this information used for the purpose of serving you interest-based ads, you may opt-out by clicking here, or if located in the European Union click here. Please note this does not opt you out of being served ads.  You will continue to receive generic ads.

Links to 3rd Party Sites

Our Site includes links to other Web sites whose privacy practices may differ from those of John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. If you submit personal information to any of those sites, your information is governed by their privacy policies. We encourage you to carefully read the privacy policy of any Web site you visit.


Our Web site offers publicly accessible blogs or community forums. You should be aware that any information you provide in these areas may be read, collected, and used by others who access them. You can request the removal of your personal information from our blog or community forum, by contacting us at web@knightfoundation.org. In some cases, we may not be able to remove your personal information, in which case we will let you know if we are unable to do so and why. 

Social Media Widgets

Our Web site includes Social Media Features, such as the Facebook Like button and Widgets, such as the Share this button or Tweet This button, or interactive mini-programs that run on our site. These Features may collect your IP address, which page you are visiting on our site, and may set a cookie to enable the Feature to function properly. Social Media Features and Widgets are either hosted by a third party or hosted directly on our Site. Your interactions with these Features are governed by the privacy policy of the company providing it. 

Facebook Connect

In the case of Newschallenge.org, you can log in to our site using sign-in services such as Facebook Connect. This service will authenticate your identity and provide you the option to share certain personal information with us such as your name and email address to pre-populate our sign up form. Services like Facebook Connect give you the option to post information about your activities on this Web site to your profile page to share with others within your network.

Emails to Friends

In the case of Newschallenge.org, you can choose to use our page sharing referral service to tell a friend about our site. When you do, we ask you for your friend’s name and email address. We will automatically send your friend a one-time email inviting him or her to visit the site. Knight Foundation stores this information for the sole purpose of sending this one-time email and tracking the success of our referral program. Your friend may contact us via email to web@knightfoundation.org to request that we remove this information from our database. (Please include mention of Newschallenge.org and the IDEO community database).

Customer Testimonials/Comments/Reviews

In the cases of Newschallenge.org and Infotoolkit.org, we post customer testimonials/comments/reviews on our web site which may contain personally identifiable information. In every case Knight Foundation staff has obtained the customer's consent via email prior to posting the testimonial to post their name along with their testimonial. To request removal of your personal information from Testimonials or comments please contact us via email to web@knightfoundation.org. Please include the URL of the page with the comment or testimonial in reference.

Public Profiles

If you create a project on newschallenge.org, the profile you create and any related project proposals will be publicly accessible. If you don't wish to have a public profile and public project description, you may indicate "private newschallenge proposal" and submit it by email to our staff instead.

Unauthorized Profiles

If an account/profile was created on newschallenge.org without your knowledge/authorization, please contact us at web@knightfoundation.org to request removal of the profile.

Changes to this Policy

We may update this privacy policy to reflect changes to our information practices. If we make any material changes we will notify you by email (sent to the e-mail address specified in your account) or by means of a notice on this Site prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to periodically review this page for the latest information on our privacy practices.


Read our copyright statement.


The web site carries no advertising. There are no paid sponsorships. The 'search' function on this web site does not include any advertising or advertorial content. The foundation does not receive any payment or compensation for publishing any content or link.


The use of the web site is free for non-commercial use.


If you are aware of incorrect information on this web site, please send all related information, including a link to the page, to the webmaster (web@knightfoundation.org).


Knight Foundation, 200 South Biscayne Blvd., Suite 3300, Miami, Fla. 33131-2349

Phone: (305) 908-2600 (main); also (305) 908-2622 (webmaster)

The foundation is a private, non-profit company registered in the state of Florida. Request an IRS Form 990-PF by calling our accounting department at (305) 908-2613 or see them in our Financials.

Trustees and officers are identified on the web site.

TRUSTe online privacy certification

XI. Limitation ofLiability .


XII. Jurisdictionand Venue .

This Agreement shall besubject to the laws of the State of Florida as apply to contracts entered intoand performed in Florida between Florida residents and without regard toconflicts of laws principles. The State and Federal courts located in Dade County,Florida, shall have sole jurisdiction over any dispute arising hereunder, andthe parties hereby consent to the personal jurisdiction of such courts. The United Nations Convention on Contractsfor the International Sale of Goods is expressly disclaimed.

XIII. Disclaimer .


XIV. General .

Neither this Agreement, nor any rights hereunder, may be assigned by operation of law or otherwise, in whole or in part, by you without the prior, written permission of the Knight Foundation. Any purported assignment without such permission shall be void. This Agreement may be assigned by the Knight Foundation in whole or in part without notice. Any waiver of any rights of the Knight Foundation under this Agreementmust be in writing, signed by the Knight Foundation, and any such waiver shall not operate as a waiver of any future breach of this Agreement. In the event any portion of this Agreement isfound to be illegal or unenforceable, such portion shall be severed from this Agreement, and the remaining terms shall be separately enforced. Your use of the Website shall at all timescomply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. This Agreement is the entire agreement between the parties with respect to this subject matter, and supersedes any and all prior or contemporaneous or additional communications, negotiations oragreements with respect thereto. You agree that: (a) the Website shall be deemed solely located in Miami, Florida; and (b) the Website is and shall be deemed a passive website that does not give rise topersonal jurisdiction over the Knight Foundation in any jurisdiction other than Miami, Florida. The parties hereby agree to waive fully and irrevocably their rights to a jury trial regarding any dispute under this Agreement, and further agree that any such dispute shall betried solely by a judge. YOU AND THE KNIGHT FOUNDATION AGREE THAT ANY CAUSE OF ACTION BY YOU ARISING OUT OF ORRELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT MUST COMMENCE WITHIN ONE (1) YEAR AFTER THE CAUSE OFACTION ACCRUES. OTHERWISE, SUCH CAUSE OF ACTION IS PERMANENTLY BARRED.

Copyright © 2013
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
All Rights Reserved.
If you have any questions or comments about the Knight Foundation orthis Agreement, you may contact the Knight Foundation at:
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
200 South Biscayne Boulevard
Suite 3300
Miami, FL 33131-2349
Fax: (305) 908-2698
Phone: (305) 908-2600
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