There are no ads on the Community News Commons website.
That’s because for this site, the name of the game is not about making money.
Instead, CNC’s goal is undeniably, unabashedly altruistic: engaging Winnipeggers to inform each other about issues they feel are important.
It’s hinged on a belief that if citizens care enough about their community to write, discuss, debate what happens in it, a better city emerges.
It’s this philosophy that won the project funds fromKnight Foundation, after the organization decided to back initiatives in partnership with community foundations. Knight matched a $200,000 donation from Winnipeg’s philanthropic The Winnipeg Foundation. It was the only Canadian project to win funding from Knight.
“The perspective from the Winnipeg Foundation is that if you are more informed about your community, you care more about it, and you’re going to have a relationship with the community,” said Noah Erenberg, Community News Commons Convener.