From the publisher: Stories inspire us to make a difference

David Landsberg, Publisher, The Miami Herald Publishing Company
David Landsberg, Publisher, The Miami Herald Publishing Company

As we get into the giving season, it is my pleasure to bring you the Miami Herald’s annual philanthropy section.

It’s heartening to read so many inspiring stories about people making a difference, both in South Florida and across the globe.

Scores of South Floridians are bettering their communities. Young people are joining together to help children learn, to mentor teens, to rebuild homes for the elderly.

Teachers are turning to the web to raise funds for classroom projects, with eager donors pitching in.

Speaking of the web, groups like the Miami Foundation are rewriting the rules on fundraising. The Foundation has created Give Miami Day, a web-based platform where people can donate from anywhere in the world to about 300 nonprofits in Miami-Dade County over a 24-hour period. Last year, in Give Miami Day’s inaugural effort, nearly 5,000 people from across the world donated more than $1.2 million to help those in Miami-Dade County.

This year, Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of the Miami Foundation, has even bigger plans. “Miami is home to a young, diverse demographic that’s looking for ways to get involved, ways to improve our community that aren’t traditional, like a formal gala,” Soto told Miami Herald reporter Evan Benn in today’s cover story.

Miami is also a global community and its philanthropic efforts don’t stop at our borders. Coconut Grove resident Tina Cornely gave up a career in technology and museum administration to help orphaned children around the world. Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH), an international organization, has been dedicated to caring for orphaned and abandoned children in Latin American and the Caribbean for nearly 60 years.

And medical professionals who travel the world to care for the sick and impoverished were recently honored at a swanky South Beach party to benefit Jose’s Hands. Miamian Alex Miranda founded the organization to honor his older brother, Jose, who was an orthopedic surgeon and a major in the U.S. Army before he died in 2008. Jose had shared his dream with his brother of participating in medical mission trips around the world shortly before he died.

To honor his brother, Miranda wanted to help others make an impact in the world.

I believe you will be inspired to do the same after reading the stories in this section. I know I am.

David Landsberg

Publisher, Miami Herald

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