The goal at the Knight Foundation is to preserve the best aspects of journalism and use innovation to expand the impact of information in the digital age. Their focus on funding Journalistic Excellence,  Entrepreneurs and Innovators, and Open Information Systems means a strong partnership with GEN was inevitable. The Knight Foundation strongly believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. Such shared vision has led to sponsorship of GEN Editors Lab Hackdays as well as the Data Journalism Awards.