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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