Give Miami Day 2017
Give Miami Day – one of the biggest annual giving events in the country – makes it easy to choose and donate. Last year, Give Miami Day made history by raising more than $9 million for 660 local nonprofits.
Hosted by the Miami Foundation, Give Miami Day begins at midnight Nov, 16 and ends 24 hours later. It's easy for users to view online profiles on Miami-Dade nonprofit groups and make a charitable gift.
While all causes are worthwhile, here are some that are dear to our hearts. Links lead to their donation page:
ACCESSIBILITY AND DISABILITY SERVICES
Miami Is Kind – You may have seen their booth at farmers markets. Miami Is Kind employs bakers with autism or other developmental disabilities.
ART, CULTURE AND HUMANITIES
Deering Estate Foundation – The philanthropic arm of this South Dade treasure, the foundation raises awareness and funds to support education, research, exhibits and collections as well as conservation and restoration. Read about the Deering Estate's foodways in our fall issue.
HistoryMiami Museum – A Smithsonian affliliate, this premier cultural institution is committed to collecting, preserving and celebrating Miami's history as the unique crossroads of the Americas.
O, Miami Poetry Festival – By bringing poetry to all creatively and exuberantly during National Poetry Month, and teaching poetry to underserved populations throughout the year, O, Miami builds community through literature. They're also our beloved collaborators each April for an edible/poetry event (stay tuned for 2018!).
The Coral Gables Museum – This charming museum celebrates the City Beautiful through thoughtful exhibits and programming.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens – A National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of agricultural industrialist James Deering, is enhancing its experience through restoration of the historic Vizcaya Village, providing additional spaces for programs and community outreach, including those on agriculture.
Dade Heritage Trust – This small but mighty organization preserves Miami-Dade County's architectural, environmental and cultural heritage through education and advocacy.
EDUCATION AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Coral Gables Community Foundation – Among other noteworthy projects, the foundation hosts an annual Tour of Kitchens, raising money for the Culinary Arts Scholarship Fund to provide financial support to Coral Gables High School students seeking further study in the culinary arts.
Empowered Youth – Their job development program grooms and train work-ready young men in the Culinary/Hospitality industries and teach esthem how to become successful small business owners, including on-the-job training on the Vibe 305 food truck/Café/Catering.
Girl Scouts of South Florida – Through timely programs, this powerful program builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.
Johnson & Wales University – Many of South Florida's top chefs came from their culinary programs, which now include culinary nutrition and food and beverage entrepreneurship.
Taylor Moxey Foundation – Featured in our Young Superstars story in our summer issue, Taylor Moxey, now 11, created this foundation to promote and encourage early childhood literacy, entrepreneurship and community service for young girls between the ages of 7-12.
The Education Fund – Among their many accomplishments, this group has built 51 school edible gardens, including 16 food forests, giving more than 34,000 children food-based lessons, cafeteria meals with garden harvests, and more than 48,798 harvest bags for take-home distribution.
Wellness in the Schools – They promote healthy habits, currently working in public schools in Key Biscayne and Liberty City and places a trained culinary professional in the schools to effect change from within the school.
ENVIRONMENT AND PUBLIC SPACES
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden – Named for legendary plant explorer David Fairchild, this botanical garden hosts year-round events, including the annual Ramble, now in its 77th year.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden – A green oasis in South Beach, this site offers environmental programs for all ages, preserves a habitat for native plants and pollinators, and gives visitors a peaceful place to relish in nature.
Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade – This organization helps support Miami-Dade's world-class parks by creating a healthier, more livable and sustainable community through quality programming, facilities and events.
The Kampong of the National Tropical Botanical Garden – Plant explorer David Fairchild's home and garden in Coconut Grove is a waterfront treasure.
The Underline – This group is working to transform the underutilized land below Miami's Metrorail into a 10-mile linear park, urban trail and canvas for artistic expression to create a safer, healthier, more connected, mobile and engaged community.
Tropical Audubon Society – Their efforts to conserve and restore natural South Florida ecosystems include a year-round calendar of events and educational opportunities.
Urban Paradise Guild – Their mission is to create a sustainable Miami and help native habitat flourish.
FOOD, AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION
Common Threads – This group teams up with chefs to bring health and wellness to children, families and communities through cooking and nutrition education.
Farm Share – Their mission addresses hunger and food waste by recovering fresh and nutritious food and distributing the food to those who need it most.
Farmworker Association of Florida – Located in Florida City, this group helps farmworker and rural low-income communities gain control over the social, political, economic, workplace, health and environmental justice issues impacting their lives.
Feeding South Florida – Their mission is to end hunger by providing immediate access to nutritious food, leading hunger and poverty advocacy efforts and transforming lives through innovative programming and education.
FLIPANY – Their goal is to educate and empower youth and adults through nutrition and physical activity programs while influencing policy changes for healthier communities.
Health in the Hood – By building community gardens, they provide fresh vegetables along with nutrition and fitness workshops for families in underserved neighborhoods.
Slow Food Miami – This local chapter supports good, clean, fair food for the community using sustainable practices in school gardens, educational and culinary events.
Urban Greenworks – Their mission is to restore the economic, environmental and physical health of underserved communities throughout South Florida.
Urban Oasis Project – Believing that good, clean, healthy food should be accessible to all, Urban Oasis Project embraces all people who support our mission regardless of religious preferences, sexual orientation, economic status, ethnicity, age, or disability. Urban Oasis experiments with all gardening and farming philosophies that do not harm the environment.
HOUSING AND AFFORDABILITY
Centro Campesino Farmworker Center – This community development corporation strengthens families and communities by providing affordable housing, homeownership support, economic advancement and educational opportunities to low- to moderate-income families.
Lotus House Women's Shelter – By providing sanctuary, support, education, tools and resources, Lotus House mproves the lives of women, youth, and children experiencing homelessness.