The competition was keen in the Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank, but judges chose Overtown Youth Center’s pop-up barbershop concept. The team won $10,000 and will be supported and mentored by Social Venture Partners Miami, an organization that launched Thursday.
When Karla Moran was a freshman at Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School in 2013, she was shy and communicated very little. A chance pairing through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami’s program ‘School to Work’ placed her as a “little” to May-Ling Martinez, her “big,” her mentor for the three years. Now, Moran is confident, open-minded and landed her first job.
This year’s MCCJ silver medallion award goes to Miami builder Louis Wolfson III and attorneys Marilyn J. Holifield and Khurrum Wahid; retired Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Gerald Kogan will receive a lifetime award; and Imam Khalid Salahuddin will receive a clergy medallion award.
Spruce is an online floral marketplace that lets people donate or sell their flowers after a wedding or other event. You can even re-gift the bouquet you received on Valentine’s Day. One bride donated her flowers to Lotus House shelter in Overtown.
Shed Boren and Jose Valdes-Fauli, a longtime South Florida couple well-known for their philanthropy and activism in both the mainstream and LGBTQ communities, will be honored Feb. 11 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables by SAGE, a national organization that provides “services and advocacy for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender elders.”
Two Miami brothers hope to give Amazon.com a run for its money with their new “a social good” e-commerce market company, The Thx Co. Ricardo Jose and Ricardo Juan Bueso’s new online marketplace will allow consumers to purchase branded everyday goods and upon checkout, donate to the charity of choice.
The Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day, which hopes to raise millions for more than 650 local nonprofits, starts at midnight on Nov. 17 and runs until midnight Nov. 18. Donations to local charities can be made through www.givemiamiday.org
A growing number of groups and individuals are working toward bettering South Florida’s black community through investments in education, after-school facilities and organizing black professional networks of philanthropy.
Sometimes philanthropy is not only about giving back, but about paying it forward. To South Florida’s tech community, that philosophy means local entrepreneurs using their technology backgrounds and know-how to create opportunities, provide tech access and close the digital divide to make the community a better place.
The United Way’s Golden Wishes program in Miami-Dade grants wishes to senior citizens over 70. The program was started by Rudy Moise, a United Way board member and the chair of the Jackson Health Foundation.
The First Tee and the Orange Bowl Committee have teamed up to get high-achieving girls into college through golf scholarships. The First Tee has mentored thousands of Miami-Dade students for more than 50 years.