Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank launched; prize is $5,000


“Leave a Legacy” of Miami-Dade has launched the “Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank,” a community competition that seeks to fulfill a community need through partnerships created between nonprofits, businesses and/or individuals.

Individuals, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies are invited to submit a 500-word description of the synergy that will result from a new strategic partnership idea to help solve a specific need in the South Florida community.

The winner will receive $5,000 award/seed money to put the idea in motion .

The deadline for submissions is March 3, after which a panel of “Pre-Sharks“ will review the entries and select eight to ten finalists.

Philanthropy Miami takes place on March 21 and April 16, 2014 at Jungle Island. On March 21, the top five finalists will be announced. Each finalist project team then will be paired with a community mentor to prepare presentations to the panel of “Sharks” on April 16. The winner will then be announced.

The panel of Sharks includes Sheldon Anderson, chair, The Beacon Council; George Foyo, executive vice president, Baptist Health South Florida; Alina Hudak, deputy mayor, Miami-Dade County; Harve Mogul, president & CEO, United Way of Miami-Dade County; and Teresa Weintraub, president, Fiduciary Trust International of the South.

Registration details for Philanthropy Miami and Shark Tank applications are available at For more information, contact Edwina Lau at (305)379-0800 or

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