Miami-Dade County

Give Miami Day tops last year’s record results by $1 million. Which group got the most?

With a total haul of $11.5 million from 20,795 donors, The Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day 2018 topped last year’s fundraising record of $10.1 million by more than a cool million dollars.

For 24 hours beginning at 12:01 a.m. Thursday to midnight, people responded to pitches from local arts groups such as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Actors’ Playhouse and Area Stage,

Schools and educational programs fared well, too, like New World School of the Arts, Miami Country Day and Breakthrough Miami.

They also gave to community groups like Shake-a-Leg Miami, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Overtown Youth Center.

And the 24-hour philanthropists heeded the call from religious organizations like Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Miami and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. In fact, the latter raised the most money of this year’s 758 local nonprofit beneficiaries — $743,831 — a figure more than $200,000 greater than last year’s win.

“Every year this event gets bigger and the momentum grows,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. “This year we had a record number of nonprofits come on board and a record number of donors, which speaks volumes about the generosity of the people living in Miami. We are grateful to Miamians for their support of this incredible initiative that raises money for so many worthy organizations.”

According to the Miami Foundation, Give Miami Day, held annually on the Thursday before Thanksgiving and now in its seventh year, has become “one of the most active 24-hour charitable giving events in the U.S.“

With Thursday’s count, Give Miami Day has raised $47.5 million for local organizations in every nonprofit sector, from arts and housing to science and technology, according to the Foundation.

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Give Miami Day at Adrienne Arsht Center on Nov. 15, 2018, in Miami, Florida. Sergi Alexander Eyeworks Production

Some stats from the leaderboard

Most gifts received went to the Community Arts Program with 673, tops also among mid-sized organizations.

Most dollars: Greater Miami Jewish Federation with $743,831.

Among small organizations, Gene Spotlight Inc. received the most gifts, at 311, and the most dollars, at $264,300.

Among mid-sized organizations, The Children’s Movement of Florida raised the most money at $142,674.

Among large organizations, Beth David Congregation & The Gordon School had the most gifts received at 329.

And, repeating last year’s accomplishment, the Miami Film Festival received the largest individual donation of $58,230 — topping last year’s $55,250.

Want to break it down more? Head over to the Miami Foundations’ list for all of the 2018 figures at

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Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
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