MIAMI, FL­­ – June 4, 2012 – The Miami Foundation will award more than $1 million to 62 local nonprofit organizations at its Bridging Generosity, Leadership and Grantmaking luncheon on June 11.

 The Foundation’s signature Community Grants program invests in organizations and programs that share a vision of a Greater Miami. These organizations represent the depth and breadth of innovation and services offered across our county, such as investing in Miami kids to become airline pilots; providing basic health care to those most in need; and supporting arts, culture and education.

“These grants are made possible by philanthropists who have entrusted their charitable dollars and legacies to The Miami Foundation,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. “They created their family’s foundation with us and will forever help those in our community who are most in need and meet Miami's emerging needs in ways the donor never envisioned.”

A panel that included community leaders reviewed more than 300 proposals that strive to build a Greater Miami. The recipients represent a broad spectrum of community organizations that work to improve the quality of life in Miami-Dade County.

Previous Community Grants recipients, City Year Miami, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Voices for Children will be featured at the Bridging Generosity, Leadership and Grantmaking luncheon. Organizations that are recipients of this year’s Community Grants are invited to the luncheon along with community leaders and philanthropists.

 The event will take place at University of Miami’s Newman Alumni Center, 6200 San Amaro Drive, Coral Gables on June 11 at 11:30 am.

 For a complete list of the grantees click here.

About the Miami Foundation:  Established in 1967, The Miami Foundation has helped hundreds of people create personal, permanent and powerful legacies by establishing custom, charitable Funds. With foundation expertise, Fundholders have fostered the arts, awarded scholarships, championed diversity, taught kids to read, provided food and shelter for the hungry and homeless, and more. More than $150 million in grants and scholarships has been awarded in the Foundation’s 45-year history. Today, the Foundation is steward to more than $150 million in charitable assets. For more information about The Miami Foundation, visit



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