In 1985, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Miami chapter pioneered the organization’s first National Philanthropy Days Awards. Now in its 28th year, the group continues the tradition of recognizing South Florida’s most dedicated individuals, corporations and organizations.
“Each year, the community gathers to recognize and celebrate the who’s who of Miami philanthropy and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy has made to our lives, our community and the world,” said Karelia Martinez Carbonell, chair of National Philanthropy Day Miami.
The 2013 honorees will be recognized at a luncheon on Nov. 12 at Jungle Island. They include Roe and Penny Stamps, Bruce and Tracey Berkowitz, Jorge Luis and Marile Lopez, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Citi Foundation.
Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Director Michael Spring will accept the Outstanding Grantmaker Award on behalf of the department he has run for 23 years, of his 30 years working there. It’s the first time that the AFP Miami selected a governmental entity for this award.
Nominated by the Adrienne Arsht Center, the department is responsible for 19 grant programs that support more than 500 organizations, everything from grassroots projects to major cultural institutions. This year, Spring said they have awarded $14 million in grants.
“Miami has grown faster than any other urban city in the arts,” Spring said. “I’d like to think we’ve played a role as a catalyst to make that happen.”
Selected to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, Roe and Penny Stamps are champions of education. They support programs and projects at 40 universities across the country through the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation. The foundation’s major project is the Stamps Scholars Initiative, which provides financial assistance to more than 400 students.
Married 42 years, their appreciation for education began with their own experiences.
“We both attended great state universities and we acknowledge and credit our educational experiences for the foundation that we have built our lives upon,” said Roe Stamps, a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology and Harvard School of Business. (Penny Stamps is a graduate of the University of Michigan.)
“I cannot underestimate the immense joy it has been to see our programs develop at so many universities, or to hear and read the numerous letters of thanks from our Stamps Scholars who have had such incredible educational opportunities made available to them,’’ said Roe Stamps. “We can only imagine the difference they will make in their families, communities and professional fields by a gift of education, and their willingness to ‘pay it forward.’
The Stamps also support Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Florida, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, the Humane Society of Miami, Ransom Everglades School and Breakthrough Miami, among other groups.
The Outstanding Philanthropy Award will be presented to Bruce and Tracey Berkowitz for their commitment to charitable endeavors in education, culture and the arts for the past 25 years. In particular, they have generously supported the University of Miami (UM) through their Fairholme Foundation. UM nominated them for the award.