Foundation  News | May 2018
Civic  Leadership

New Power author comes to Miami, 2018 Ruth Shack Leadership Award announced
At our Civic Leadership breakfast, #GivingTuesday founder  Henry Timms shared insights on how to tap into the "New Power" dynamic to create change in Miami. WLRN's  Nadege Green also received the Ruth Shack Leadership Award as an emerging civic champion.

Pictured: Nadege Green (fourth from left), 2018 Ruth Shack Award honoree, stands with (left to right)  Javier Alberto Soto ; Marlon Hill , 2010 honoree; Ruth Shack Henry Timms Rebecca Fishman Lipsey , 2017 honoree; Vance A. Aloupis , 2016 honoree; and Saif Ishoof , 2014 honoree at the Civic Leadership breakfast at Miami Dade College on May 1st.
Locals connect, discover Miami's Little Havana neighborhood
During the  #10DaysofConnection, r esidents got to know Little Havana - and each other - better while learning about this treasured Miami community's rich past. The Foundation-hosted tour was led by HistoryMiami Museum's  Dr. Paul George, as part of "N eighborhood Walks Day" on Saturday, May 5th.


Pictured: Dr. Paul George (far left) and Greater Miami residents attending the two-hour walking tour.


Michele King Soffer honored as the Foundation's 'Donor Next Door'
Michele King Soffer aims to help Haiti, her father's home country, thrive by working with Miami's diaspora community to give back. She co-founded an orphanage there and has helped launch  The Ayiti Community Trust. For her dedication, we  celebrated Michele as our 2018  Philanthropy Miami Donor Next Door.


Pictured: Donor Michele King Soffer, vice chair of The Ayiti Community Trust, with children at the Les Cayes-based orphanage she helped found; h er New Hope 4 Haiti fund supports it.

City Year Miami donor named Emerging Philanthropist of the year
The Emerging Philanthropist Award recognizes an under-40 Miamian who's used their time, talent and treasure to champion a cause. We're pleased to announce Ana Mari Ortega, City Year Miami incoming board chair, as the inaugural recipient. Here, she shared what inspires her to give.
Pictured: Ana Mari Ortega gives remarks accepting the Foundation's Emerging Philanthropist Award during the May 1st Philanthropy Miami luncheon; photo credit: Juan Cabrera.
Community Investment 

Meet Miami's nonprofit innovators and social accelerators on June 7th
Join us for an interactive showcase of local nonprofit changemakers at Venture Café Miami's June 7th Thursday Gathering. Discover how social innovation and new models of collective impact will shape the future of nonprofit work, featuring our 2018 Community Grants recipients.

Pictured: Venture  Café's executive director and Miami Fellow Leigh-Ann Buchanan (far right) with her mentees at last year's celebration;  see more event photos on Facebook.
Grants help Puerto Rico, still in hurricane recovery, focus on resilience
Hurricane Maria shut down San Juan-native Karla Peña's business. Eight months later, Karla now leads Mercy Corps' efforts to transform 15 community centers into "resilience hubs," supported by $1.9 million in grants from Walmart and The Miami Foundation. 

Pictured: Karla Peña (far left), emergency program manager, oversees Mercy Corp's work and disaster preparedness efforts in Puerto Rico; photo credit: Angel Valentin for Mercy Corps.
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