Generous donors enhance community


The Sept. 27 tribute to Herbert Wertheim, Giving grandly, is well deserved. Dr. Wertheim’s thoughtful donation to Florida International University in honor of his wife, Nicole, coupled with his donation to name the College of Medicine at FIU, for a total of $30 million, will forever benefit healthcare in the Miami-Dade community and beyond.

The editorial mentioned “homegrown and loyal transplants” such as Jorge Perez, Adrienne Arsht and Penny Stamps, who continue to give much to our community. These benefactors make transformational gifts that change lives, and each year, the Miami chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, in partnership with The Miami Foundation, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning, honors them on National Philanthropy Day, this year on Nov. 12.

In 2009, Arsht was recognized as NPD’s outstanding philanthropist. This year, Penny and Roe Stamps will be presented with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. Other honorees include Tracey & Bruce Berkowitz, outstanding philanthropists; Jorge Luis and Marile Lopez, outstanding volunteers; Citi Foundation, corporate citizenship; and the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs Council, outstanding grant maker.

Civic engagement is critical to sustaining the growth of our nonprofit sector. Miami-Dade is a culturally rich community. The thoughtful generosity of our donors makes it more so.

Pat Morris, president, Association of Fundraising Professionals Miami,

Coral Gables

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