OVERVIEW: This funder is focused on Miami, Florida, and has various grantmaking partnerships. Interests include arts and culture, healthy lifestyles, housing and affordability, human services facilities, and well-being of children and youth.
FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, healthy lifestyles, housing and affordability, human services facilities, and well-being of children and youth, crime prevention, LGBTQ issues, substance abuse prevention
IP TAKE: As a community funder, Miami Foundation supports a wide variety of causes. But it has been particularly active lately in the LGBTQ space.
PROFILE: The Miami Foundation is based in Miami, Florida, and was established in 1967. It is a community foundation with over 1,000 philanthropic funds, managing more than $300 million in assets.
One grant program here is the State Attorney's Denise Moon Memorial Fund, which awards grants to assist victims of crime and to reduce community crime. This is part of a partnership with the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit. Support has gone to the Circle of Brotherhood and the Cuban American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Project.
Community grants are the foundation's signature work, including funds from over 100 donors with permanent funds here. Interests are arts and culture, healthy lifestyles, housing and affordability, human services facilities, and well-being of children and youth. The bulk of community grants in recent years has been going to children and youth causes.
The Miami Foundation’s GLBT Community Projects Fund is in partnership with the National LGBTQ Task Force and supports education and awareness of related issues in Greater Miami. Funding has gone to 4Ward Miami and the Aqua Foundation for Women. The State Attorney’s Fund for a Safer and Healthier Community partners the foundation and the Miami-Dade Office of the State Attorney to support substance abuse services and prevention education. These grants have gone to AMIkids Miami-Dade and Better Way of Miami. The Public Space Challenge program invests $350,000 per year in ideas to improve parks and gathering spaces in Greater Miami.
The foundation awards scholarships to local high school graduates, minority students, students who have overcome great obstacles, and who meet other criteria. The funder maintains a database of local nonprofits that work in a variety of fields. It engages local nonprofits through organizational endowments, Give Miami Day, and the Knight Arts Challenge.
At the end of a recent year, the funder had over $271 million in total assets. Foundation financial data can be viewed here.
A good contact for grantseekers is Program Officer Victoria Fear. Charisse Grant is the senior vice president for programs at the Miami Foundation, and Javier Alberto Soto is the president and CEO. General questions can be directed to the staff at email@example.com or (305) 371-2711. The address is 40 NW 3rd Street, Suite 305, Miami, Florida 33128. Keep up with their news section and blog. Join the mailing list to stay informed about new opportunities.
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