Sixty-five local nonprofits receive $1 million at The Miami Foundation’s 2013 Community Grants event
By Heike Dempster
Jun 26, 2013 - 8:10:55 PM

Photo credit: The Miami Foundation “Pictured left to right: Luis De La Aguilera, president, TotalBank; Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO, The Miami Foundation; Castanda Paul, Kristi House; Barrington Irving, president, Experience Aviation and Michael A. Marquez, chair, The Miami Foundation Board of Trustees.”

MIAMI – The Miami Foundation hosted their annual Community Grants signature event on June 18 in the Diamond Club at Marlins Park. Generously sponsored by TotalBank, more than 150 donors, nonprofit executive directors, board members and community leaders gathered to celebrate the program that awarded $1 million to 65 local nonprofit organizations.

Attendees heard personal accounts of impacted lives through the work of grantee spotlight organizations.  Experience Aviation highlighted their hands-on STEM education programming, including their students constructing an airplane and supercar, Kristi House shared about their work treating abused and sexually exploited youth, and the talented alumni of YoungArts Miami provided musical entertainment.

“The organizations selected represent diverse programs that provide critical services engaging thousands of Miami-Dade citizens every day,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation.  “Through the generosity of our donors and tremendous work of the recipient organizations, we are able to direct high school students into college ¬ – who otherwise would not attend – educate families about South Florida’s ecosystem, provide basic health care to the uninsured and fuel our cultural explosion. This advances the greater Miami we all envision.”

The Miami Foundation received a record number of applications to the 2013 Community Grants Program from almost 350 nonprofit organizations.  Programs awarded addressed a variety of issues vital to improving people’s lives and communities, especially those taking leadership roles to solve Miami’s challenges and maximize its unique assets.

The foundation has awarded $13.5 million through the Community Grants Program since 1980. The grants awarded are made possible by the generosity of many philanthropists who have entrusted their charitable dollars and legacies to The Miami Foundation.

Selected 2013 Community Grants Recipients and grant amounts:

$5,000 - $14,999
Arts & Business Council of Miami, Inc.
Good Hope Equestrian Training Center, Inc.
Touching Miami With Love
University of Miami School of Law Legal Corps.

$15,000 - $19,999
New World Symphony
Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.
Neighbors 4 Neighbors, Inc.
Teach for America, Inc.

$20,000 - $25,000
Chapman Partnership
Dream in Green, Inc.
Overtown Youth Center, Inc.
South Florida National Parks Trust

Americans for Immigrant Justice
HandsOn Miami Project
Miami Book Fair International, Inc.

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