July 2016

Our Miami Fellows signature leadership program has produced remarkable alumni tackling Greater Miami's most pressing civic issues. Take a look at the outstanding work our current and former Fellows are doing:
  • In June, Class IX took a tour of the Miami Herald and met with President and Publisher Alexandra Villoch to learn about their social responsibility strategy. Class member Erin Clemens reflected on the visit in her blog post >> 
  • Rebecca Fishman Lipsey (Class VI) created a bootcamp designed for social entrepreneurs, equipping them with tools and support to increase their impact. Read more in the June 29th post on Foundation Blog >> 
  • Ralph Rosado (Class V) helped get the city of Miami to clean up contaminated Douglas Park. He also went car-free for a month, using only public transit, cycling and walking to get around the city. He came away with low-cost solutions to make it easier for others to do the same.Read more >>

Also in this newsletter:
Fund grantee helps support Greater Miami's LGBT seniors
Miami youth gather more than 1,800 letters for Orlando victims
Give Miami Day donations send 40 local students to camp

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June 2016

Since the June 12th tragedy at Pulse nightclub, local and national organizations have united to support the Orlando community through philanthropic giving and volunteer service.  If you would like to help, several opportunities are listed below:
Our thoughts are with all those affected by this senseless act of violence.  If you would like additional recommendations for local nonprofits effectively addressing LGBTQ issues, including those supported by the GLBT Community Projects Fund, please contact Victoria Fear
Also in this newsletter:
Meet Miami's new BMe Leaders, inspiring service to our community
Foundation invests over $1 million to expan access to opportunity
Greater Miami and the Beaches join Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities
Apply now: executive education grants for nonprofit leaders


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May 2016

Calle Ocho (SW 8th Street) has long-been a signature thoroughfare in Little Havana.  The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District Six will soon look at whether Calle Ocho should remain a highway or return to its original, two-way main street design.  Local architecture and planning firm PlusUrbia Design has launched the MyCalle8 petition campaign, encouraging FDOT to consider a "complete street" approach with bike paths, transit lanes and wider, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks. Foundation President and CEO Javier Alberto Soto weighed in, sharing how the proposed design can promote a more vibrant neighborhood for residents. Read more>>

Also in this newsletter:
Miami Leaders program seeks emerging nonprofit executives
Miami Fellows Class IX begins with hands-on training and service
2014 Public Space Challenge winner debuts new water station
Ortega Family Foundation celebrated at Donor Next Door Luncheon

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April 2016

Vance Aloupis, newly appointed CEO of The Children's Movement of Florida, will receive the 2016 Ruth Shack Leadership Award.  A Miami Fellows Class VI alumnus, Vance has relentlessly advocated to make Florida "the best state in the nation for young children." Philanthropy Miami and The Miami Foundation annually partner to present the award to an under-40 leader who exemplifies strong ethics, dedication and service to Greater Miami, qualities embodied in Foundation President Emeritus Ruth Shack.  Vance will accept the award at the 18th Annual Donor Next Door Luncheon on May 12th. Read more in Foundation News>>

Also in this newsletter:
More than 400 ideas submitted in the 2016 Public Space Challenge
New Fund helps City of Miami's elderly residents meet financial needs
Give Miami Day lockspermanent place on the local calendar

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March 2016

The Miami Foundation's Public Space Challenge is back! Together with our partners Health Foundation of South Florida and the Office of Miami-Dade County Commissioner Juan C. Zapata, we're investing $305,000 in your ideas to create, activate and improve local gathering places. Learn more about the Challenge in Stuart Kennedy's blog post on how lively spaces help bring our community together, then attend one of our Challenge workshops throughout Miami-Dade County. Submit your idea now: Pictured:  2015 Public Space Challenge winner NEWT Miami hosted community events surrounding their 19-story digital art and synchronized sound installation at InterContinental Miami.

Also in this newsletter:
Miami-Dade high school students can apply for Ortega Foundation scholarships
Foundation hosts first-ever State of Black Philanthropy conversation
Foundation Board of Trustees welcomes new members

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February 2016

The Miami Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2016 State Attorney's Denise Moon Memorial Fund grants program. Denise Moon grants allow us to help nonprofits assist victims of crime, reduce crime in communities and provide alternatives to criminal activity through job training, educational attainment and other efforts. Grants are made possible thanks to a partnership with the Miami-Dade office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit. The deadline to submit an application is Thursday, March 17 at 4 p.m. View the application guidelines and apply>>
Photo courtesy of Empowered Youth USA, a 2015 State Attorney's Denise Moon Memorial Fund grant recipient.
Also in this newsletter:
Foundation to host first-ever State of Black Philanthropy conversation
New Fund honors legacy of international physician
Emerging leaders: apply now for Miami Fellows Class IX


January 2016

Greater Miami has once again set a new bar for annual charitable giving. Fueled by another impressive Give Miami Day, donors gave more than $70 million in gifts to The Miami Foundation in 2015, further establishing powerful philanthropic legacies for our community. From supporting a more sustainable environment by investing in the Foundation's ESG pool, to funding valuable grants that increase access to opportunities for all Miamians, our Fundholders are using charitable giving to shape the community they love.

"Whether we're pushing for more transit solutions or advocating for increased parks funding, our Fundholders' investments help us mold the future of this city," shared President and CEO Javier Alberto Soto. "They allow us to tackle the broader issues facing Greater Miami and to boldly drive the civic change we all want to see.  We look forward to amplifying this important work in 2016." Learn more about working with The Miami Foundation>> Pictured: Bayfront Park's New Year's Eve celebration

Also in this newsletter:
Applications now open for Miami Fellows Class IX
Nominate a dedicated, local leader for the 2016 Ruth Shack Leadership Award
$1 million in funding available through Community Grants Program
2016-2017 scholarship applications now available

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December 2015

In another historic Miami Moment,
 Give Miami Day 2015 raised $7.1 million for more than 600 local nonprofits. Seventeen thousand donors across the U.S. and 18 countries made November 19th the most active day of philanthropic giving in Southeast United States history.  Thanks to our partners, including The William R. Watts Foundation, Knight FoundationHealth Foundation of South Florida, Stearns Weaver Miller, Mitchell Wolfson, Sr. Foundation and Marlins Foundation, every Give Miami Day gift between $25 and $10,000 will receive an additional 8% bonus contribution from The Miami Foundation. Learn how your Give Miami Day donations have a long-term impact on our community>> Pictured: The Miami Foundation team celebrating the $5.2 million mark on Give Miami Day.

Also in this newsletter:
Plan your year-end giving on Nonprofit Central
Miami Fellows Class VIII completes 15-month leadership program
South Florida leaders strategize ways to locally address climate change
2016 Community Grants Program applications open in January

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November 2015

The most active day of philanthropic giving in South Florida history is back! With a most-ever 600+ nonprofit organizations participating in Give Miami Day 2015, we are set to top last year's $5.2 million raised in 24 hours on November 19th. Throughout the day, anyone can go to, browse through hundreds of nonprofit profiles or search for a specific one they want to support, and make a charitable gift to the organization right on the site. After making your gift, join us at the Give Miami Day Community Block Party, 5 p.m. at Marlins Park, featuring Suénalo, the sound of MiamiRSVP to reserve your spot now >> Don't miss the Countdown to #GiveMiamiDay Twitter Party! Pictured: Miami City Ballet, one of more than 600 nonprofits participating in Give Miami Day.

Also in this newsletter:
100+ Women Who Care Fund makes collective impact in Miami

Foundation says farewell to five board of trustees members
Public Space Challenge winner Jazz at Jackson kicks off inaugural seaso

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October 2015

One of Miami's favorite Afro-Latin bands will headline the 2015 Give Miami Day Community Block Party. On November 19th from 5 to 8 p.m., Suénalo will rock the West Plaza at Marlins Park in an electrifying, free concert and community event for the whole family! Explore Give Miami Day nonprofit exhibits and enjoy games, food trucks and fun activities to celebrate Miami's biggest 24-hour giving event. RSVP to reserve your spot now.

Also in this newsletter:
Get the facts on proposed #MuseumPark Conservancy
Miami Fellows examine education as gateway to opportunity
Encourage your favorite organizations to register for Give Miami Day by Oct. 29th

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September 2015

Imagine a world-class community gathering space ... residents relaxing under shady trees, impressive fountains, free concerts, engaging exhibits, art installations, waterfront dining and play areas for kids. For decades, this vision for Museum Park has never materialized. With our proposed conservancy and your support, it is finally within reach. Read More
Also in this newsletter:

Find Give Miami Day organizations now on Nonprofit Central
Three things every Give Miami Day nonprofit should know
GLBT Community Projects Fund awards $250k

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August 2015


The biggest annual giving event in the Southeast U.S. is back and more exciting than ever.  Give Miami Day 2015 will again ignite Greater Miami for 24 hours from midnight November 19th to midnight November 20th. Last year, we made history, raising $5.2 million for 520 local nonprofits from almost 20,000 donations.  Let's create another record-shattering year for philanthropy in our city.  Visit to learn more and register your nonprofit organization.

Also in this newsletter:
2015 Public Space Challenge winners to share $305K
College Assistance Program, Inc. awards $300K in scholarships
Foundation announces 2015-2016 Miami Leaders

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July 2015

On July 17th, the National LGBTQ Task Force presented a $262,769 donation to the Foundation's GLBT Community Projects Fund.  The GLBT Fund works with the Foundation to support local nonprofits advancing education and public awareness of LGBT issues in Greater Miami.  Since its inception, the program has invested $2.1 million to support 193 nonprofit organizations.  Read more(Pictured left to right: Don Hayden, GLBT Community Projects Fund co-chair; Victoria Fear, programs associate; Rebecca Mandelman, vice president for strategy and engagement; and Russell Roybal, deputy executive director at National LGBTQ Task Force)

Also in this newsletter: 
2015 Community Grants recipients increase access to opportunities
Miami Fellows welcome Mandela Washington Fellows and young African leaders

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June 2015

For the first time in the Foundation's history, our Fundholders now have the opportunity to invest in an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) driven investment pool.  It allows like-minded philanthropists to support firms whose work brings about positive societal and environmental outcomes in areas such as climate change mitigation, waste reduction, clean energy usage and who also employ responsible labor and governance practices.

"As more organizations choose this method to invest their assets, we hope companies will be motivated to incorporate sustainable practices into their operations. In this way, individual decisions contribute to global change." Read more in President and CEO Javier Alberto Soto's blog post. Email Janell Kaplan to learn more. (Photo courtesy of South Florida National Parks Trust)

Also in this newsletter: 
Fund receives $10K grant to help care for retired police dogs
Sant La Fellows program seeks emerging Haitian-American civic leaders
Miami Fellows explore trends in our urban core's rapid development

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May 2015

The Miami Foundation's Miami Leaders program develops the skills and management competencies of emerging nonprofit leaders in Greater Miami. Through the program, we award grants to attend premier executive education programs around the country.  Apply now.  The deadline to submit an application is June 26th at 4 p.m.  (Pictured: Azra Samiee (l) 2014 Miami Leaders grantee and community outreach associate at Lotus House Women's Shelter with Virginia Lora of Americans for Immigrant Justice)

Also in this newsletter: 
Miami Fellows tackle digital divide in Greater Miami
Donor Next Door honors Miami's outstanding philanthropists
Miamians show imagination in 2015 Public Space Challenge ideas and finalists

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April 2015

Last week, more than 100 Foundation Fundholders and friends gathered to celebrate the official opening of The Miami Foundation's new offices.  Located at 40 NW 3rd Street, Suite 305 in Downtown Miami, the offices include the Ruth & Richard Shack Community Board Room, a convening space for local leaders, organizations and nonprofits to connect around civic solutions.  The Foundation unveiled the new Miami HEAT and Miami Marlins Team Rooms, also available as training spaces for the community.  

Read more about why we're moving where Miami is going in the February Foundation Blog post.

Also in this newsletter: 
New partnership advances the arts in Miami forever
Felecia Hatcher honored with 2015 Ruth Shack Leadership Award
Public Space Challenge attracts more than 300 placemaking ideas
eMerge Americas' eCity to feature urban lifestyle innovations

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March 2015

More than 150 engaged Miamians gathered earlier this month to launch The Miami Foundation's 2015 Public Space Challenge.  Through April 1st, the Challenge is accepting your ideas to create, improve and activate local public gathering places.  Together with Health Foundation of South Florida and Baptist Health South Florida, we'll invest $305,000 to make the top ideas a reality. 

Also in this newsletter: 
The Miami Foundation board of trustees welcomes new leadership
Foundation Friends take new positions at FIU and City Year Miami
New Fund provides scholarships to Miami-Dade high school seniors

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February 2015

For the first time in 30 years, The Miami Foundation has a new place to call home: the Courthouse Center, 40 Northwest 3rd Street, Suite 305.  Our move to this burgeoning area is driven by Miami's constant evolution.

"Skylines change, neighborhoods change and our people change.  The one constant is our desire to understand that change, get out in front of it and guide it toward the engaged, encouraging and dynamic global city Miami is meant to be."  Read more about our new corner of downtown in President and CEO Javier Alberto Soto's blog post.

Also in this newsletter: 
Applications for crime-prevention grant program now open
PhilanthroFest 2015 returns in Museum Park
Miami Fellows Class VIII continues their 15-month journey

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January 2015

Bolstered by an impressive Give Miami Day 2014, our community has set a new bar for local charitable giving.  Our donors gave more than $57 million in 2014 to establish powerful philanthropic legaciesIn the era of Miami's burgeoning tech scene, expanded and more engaging public spaces and emerging local leaders, our Fundholders are reformulating how philanthropy can be used as a civic advancement tool.

Also in this newsletter: 
New Fund remembers international freelance journalist
Ruth Shack Leadership Award accepting nominations
GLBT Community Projects Fund welcome new chair-elect

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In a landmark moment for Miami, Give Miami Day 2014 raised $5.2 million for 520 local nonprofits. Donors across the U.S. and more than 30 countries made November 20th the most active day of philanthropic giving ever in the Southeast United States. Thanks to Knight Foundation, The Miami Foundation and our Board of Trustees, Marlins Foundation, Health Foundation of South Florida and additional sponsors, all donations between $25 and $10,000 will receive an additional 9% gift from the bonus pool.

"There is much for Miami to be confident about: our vibrant culture, strength in diversity, an expanding, globally focused economy. It's time we added philanthropy to that list." Read more about "How Miami got its #philanthropyswagger." (Pictured: Catalyst Hip Hop break dancers perform at the Give Miami Day Community Block Party.)

Also in this newsletter: 
Accelerator Grants program attracts 114 promising projects
Breakthrough plants one seedling for every Give Miami Day donor

Miami Fellows alum launched local "grean" incubator space

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November 2014

We're just hours away! This year, 520 Miami-Dade County nonprofit organizations are registered for Give Miami Day, up from 407 nonprofits in 2013.  With the support of Knight Foundation, The Miami Foundation Board of Trustees, Marlins Foundation and our generous sponsors, all donations between $25 and $10,000 will receive an additional gift from from the bonus pool. Twenty-four hours of giving excitement kicks off at midnight on Follow all the fun on Facebook and Twitter.

Also in this newsletter: 
Deadline extended: submit your project for an Accelerator Grant
Friends of the Foundation celebrate Miami Fellows Class VIII
New Fund supports arts, education and athletic youth programs

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October 2014


Last night, more than 150 Miamians gathered at Bakehouse Art Complex as we released the 2014 Our Miami Report: a snapshot of our city's quality of life indicators.  It combines secondary research in eight issue areas key to Miami's vitality, showing our greatest strengths and opportunities.  "Presenting the research is only step one," said Javier Alberto Soto, CEO of The Miami Foundation. "The report is a living platform to act upon.  By focusing attention on complex issues and what's driving them, we create a tool for igniting stakeholders around common goals."

- Get perspectives on the Report's findings from local leaders in today's Miami Herald insert. 
- Advance your solution to one of Miami's critical issues. Learn about Accelerator Grants
- See what we learned and where you can plug in at

Pictured: Event attendees took advantage of the civic engagement wheel, a fun way to choose one, easy activity to get more connected to Miami. (Developed by WhereBy.Us)

Also in this newsletter: 
Top emerging leaders selected for Miami Fellows Class VIII
The GLBT Community Projects Fund selects 2014 grantees
New Fund established to support continued education in Miami

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September 2014

The New Miami is chartitable and collaborative. In 2013, donors gave more more to The Miami Foundation than ever before because they believe in this town and the brilliant future ahead of us. The 2013 annual report maps the individuals, families and organizations that helped shape a better community for us all to call home. Click here to take a look inside.

Also in this newsletter: 
The 2014 Our Miami Report Official Release
Give Miami Day season kicks off with nonprofit trainings
President Shalala's legacy will continue to impact Miami
Foundation announces 2014-15 Miami Leaders

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August 2014

On July 17, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force presented a $227,509 donation to the Foundation's GLBT Community Projects Fund.  The GLBT Fund celebrates 10 years of grantmaking, pioneering gay and lesbian issues in Miami.  Since inception, the Fund has generated $1.85 million to support 165 nonprofit organizations changing the lives of Miamians.  Read more.  Pictured left to right: Russel Roybal, Bradley Carlson, Liebe Gadinsky and Charisse Grant during reception at Bacardi USA headquarters.

Also in this newsletter: 
College Assistance Program awards more than $300,000 in scholarships
Health Foudnation of South Florida pledges $30,000 toward Give Miami Day
New Fund celebrates legendary Miami company
Miami's cultural identity continues to attract fresh talent

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July 2014

Last year, Give Miami Day made history with more than 10,000 donors giving $3.2 million to support 400 local nonprofits. On November 20, Miami will rise up again during South Florida's most exciting annual giving event. Let's create another record-shattering year for philanthropy in our city ... join the Give Miami Day movement! Visit to register your nonprofit.  Share the video, then follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates. #GiveMiamiDay

Also in this newsletter: 
Match305 results uncover Miami's talent retention challenges
Hundreds celebrate our signature 2014 Community Grants
Apply for Miami Fellows Class VIII through August 7

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June 2014

The Miami Foundation has selected winners of the 2014 Our Miami Public Space Challenge. From the 410 online submissions, we will invest in 18 winning ideas for creating and activating local public spaces.  Health Foundation of South Florida will contribute an additional $30,000 for ideas promoting healthy lifestyles and exercise.  Pictured:  Miami Center for Architecture & Design's idea to liven up downtown Miami with recurring outdoor performances.

Also in this newsletter: 
2014 Community Grants program awards $1.2 million to local nonprofits
Miami Fellows Class VII completes 15-month leadership program
New Fund celebrates the history and power of great ideas

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May 2014

Across the last several months, the Match305 talent retention study asked residents to self-assess how attached they are to Miami.  Local stakeholders discussed the findings at our May 14th release event, held at The Light Box in Wynwood and supported by FIU, the Saldaña Family Foundation, Teach for America and Pollo Tropical.  The evening featured engaging presentations identifying Miami's strengths and challenges to connecting and keeping young talent.  See the report online. Pictured above: Senior Programs Officer Stuart Kennedy shared how Miamians can build a cohesive community by becoming "super-connectors."

Also in this newsletter: 
Saif Ishoof honored with 2014 Ruth Shack Leadership Award
Miami's generous donors celebrated at 2014 Philanthropy Evening

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April 2014

The Our Miami Public Space Challenge closed April 8th with more than 400 ideas submitted. From roller skate socials in Bayfront Park to a disc golf course in Homestead, Miamians provided great ideas for creating and activating local gathering places. The Miami Foundation, with Health Foundation of South Florida, will invest $130,000 to make the best ideas reality. Our community experts are now reviewing submissions - Click here to see all the ideas. Pictured: Friends of the M-Path's idea to repurpose a wall near the Metrorail with living art. 

Also in this newsletter: 
Survey seeks to identify LGBT community needs in Miami
Engaged Youth student awarded Disney Friends for Change grant
Links project to raise $100,000 for teacher classrooms

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March 2014

Miami Fellows Class VII recently returned from their international seminar in Panama. Charisse Grant, senior vice president for programs, shares why the Foundation integrates an international experience into the 15-month program: "We know leadership here requires understanding our region's countries, people and issues. Each Fellows class selects a destination in our region to examine connections and commonalities. Panama City proved an ideal vantage point to view issues that parallel those Fellows have examined in Greater Miami over the last year." Read more in her blog post, Panama City: it's so Miami.

Also in this newsletter: 
The Our Miami 2014 Public Space Challenge now open
Engaged Youth earn grant money for social projects
New Fund supports the fight against fibromyalgia

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February 2014

This month, the Engaged Youth program visited Biscayne Nature Center.  Students broadened their knowledge of our local environment by participating in a beach clean-up and learning about marine animals and mangrove ecosystems. They also readied their change-maker projects for panel review on March 1st.  Students will present before local leaders and petition for grant dollars to fund their creative solutions for community issues in Miami. Pictured: Students pick up debris on the beach in Crandon Park.

Also in this newsletter:
Public Space Challenge launches March 3rd
Estate tax exclusion increase among recent charitable giving law changes
New Fund supports the fight against fibromyalgia

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January 2014

The Miami Foundation is thrilled to announce that 2013 was a record year in gifts to the Foundation. Generous donors gave more than $44 million to establish powerful philanthropic legacies benefitting Greater Miami. The milestone denotes the highest-ever amount of gifts in the Foundation's 47-year history, enabling our Fundholders to help create a better community that cares for those in need, fuel our cultural renaissance and enable local residents to improve their lives.  

Also in this newsletter:
Recording artist Kevin Lyttle establishes Carribean flood relief Fund
2014 Community Grants applications now open
Ruth Shack Leadership Award accepting nominations

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