🎆 How to share love across the 305 on Give Miami Day
Plus, a rundown on the causes that matter most.
By Rebecca Fishman Lipsey
Welcome to Thursday.
Hello Miami! My name is Rebecca Fishman Lipsey — I’m a New Tropic super fan and happen to be the President & CEO of The Miami Foundation. In case you’ve missed the previews in the newsletter over the past few weeks, today is the most charitable day of the Magic City calendar year: Give Miami Day.
Over the next 24 hours, everyone who lives, works, and plays in Miami joins together to give back, invest in the causes they care about, and show up for a stronger, more equitable community. It’s the 10th anniversary of this day of 305 generosity, and I’m excited to take over the proverbial mic from New Tropic Director Zach Schlein today to guide you through what’s happening around town.
💜 What causes do you care about, Miami?
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🗣 Every day when I read The New Tropic, I brush up on issues that will shape the future of Miami: climate resilience, housing affordability, economic prosperity, health, social equity, and education to name a few.
There are changemakers and organizations standing at the forefront of all these issues in every neighborhood across our community. They step up for us all year round, and today is our day to step up in return for them.
For this year’s 10th edition of Give Miami Day, there are nearly 1,000 nonprofits raising money to sustain and increase their impact. They specialize in an array of causes, and they depend on you, the people who make Miami worth living in, to continue making a difference.
To help locals find the causes they care most about, organizations are grouped into 11 core categories:
💝 Today, I encourage you to identify the cause that most fires you up, click on one of the categories linked above, explore the nonprofits raising funds today, and give.
There are prizes and bonus dollars flowing all day long to help organizations maximize Give Miami Day and to incentivize generous participants like you to give generously. Our Foundation produces this day for our nonprofit community with help from a long list of corporate champions and generous sponsors including The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation, The Miami Heat, Knight Foundation, Berkowitz Pollack Brant, Amazon… and many more. This year, we’ve seen so many of the new groups that have moved to Miami step up to the giving plate by sponsoring prizes and bonuses for nonprofits. It’s beautiful to see that the spirit of generosity is well and alive in Miami, and that it’s being felt even among recent arrivals.
As I consider my own giving, I’m reflecting back on the intensity of this past year and the issues that matter most to me. I’m prioritizing the organizations that stepped up in the wake of the tragedy in Surfside as well as those that provided humanitarian aid locally and overseas as Haiti and Cuba grappled with their own struggles. I’m remembering the mentorship and arts organizations that helped Miami’s youth process their trauma from these challenging past few years. I’m skimming the equity power hours to find locally-led and grassroots efforts organizing to strengthen communities from within. I’m giving to groups addressing the digital divide and those working to end food insecurity. I’m supporting organizations that support migrant women, formerly incarcerated women, and trans youth.
The list goes on, and I’m sure yours will as well. With nearly 1,000 organizations standing by to accept your support, I’m confident that the 305 will emerge stronger and better equipped to face its challenges head on by the time Give Miami Day comes to a close. But that depends on every one of us chipping in to lend a helping hand — what are you willing to give Miami today?
🎶 Groove to R&B tunes and give to good causes during this celebration by the OLCDC (Opa-locka)
🎤 Jam out to ascendant Chilean rapper DrefQuila while sipping on ice cold cervezas (Wynwood)
💜 Support your favorite local nonprofit with a donation during the 10th edition of Give Miami Day (Online)
🎪 Get festive for the long-awaited return of The Youth Fair (Miami)
♻️ Join Oolite Arts for a free outdoor world premiere screening of the 10 winning Public Service Announcements from the Sustainability in Action contest (Miami Beach)
🏎️Enjoy a VIP Supercar Show, auction, and cocktail reception during the Together We CAN fundraiser benefitting the UF Health Center for Autism and Neurodevelopment (Wynwood)
🍳 Work up an appetite and watch Give Miami Day's Chefs Panel with Michelle Bernstein, Niven Patel and Tristen Epps (Online)
📸 Attend the opening of the photo exhibition "Female in Focus" at Green Space Miami (Little River)
💿 Enter an otherwordly techno-utopian universe soundtracked by NYC selector Lydo along with Miami DJs Get Face, Souls Departed, Ultrathem, and other performers (Downtown)
📽 Watch "Critical Thinking," a Miami-made and John Leguizamo-directed film sharing the true story of Miami Jackson High School's winning chess team at Coral Gables Art Cinema (Coral Gables)
🤖 Throw down with titans of techno as Richie Hawtin, ANNA, and Andres Line take over the decks at Space Park (Little Haiti)
✨ Sway to the dreamy sounds of Helado Negro during his show at the North Beach Bandshell (North Beach)
🛍️ Shop for holiday gifts from local Miami artisans at THesis's After Market (Coral Gables)
🎨 Explore nature through interactive art, dance, music, and storytelling classes duringFamily Day at The Underline (Brickell)
🦃 Share the joy of cooking with the next generation and learn how to make delicious Thanksgiving leftover dumplings with cranberry dipping sauce during Kids Club at The Doral Yard (Doral)
🎁 Snag some holiday presents at Pop Up & Shop Up, The Lincoln Eatery's artisan market of local vendors (Miami Beach)
🛥️ Learn the real history of Biscayne Bay on a boat tour led by local historian Cesar Becerra and Bea Brickell, the great-granddaughter of Mary and William Brickell (Key Biscayne)
🇫🇷 Celebrate the life of influential artist and activist Josephine Baker with Alliance Française Miami Metro (Online)
🤘 Rock out with your neighbors and enjoy free live music during The Doral Yard's multi-day YardFest Thanksgiving bash — taking place Wednesday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 26 through Sunday, Nov. 28 (Doral)
💻 Connect with Miami Tech at Freehold during a Thanksgiving Eve gathering complete with complimentary wine, beer, signature cocktails, and pizza (Wynwood)
😂 Have a laugh with comedian Brittany Brave during The Lincoln Eatery's latest stand-up comedy showcase (Miami Beach)
💃 Dance like it's 1989 during Sweat Records' annual '80s Prom featuring live performances by The State Of, Ordinary Boys, and much more(Wynwood)
👋 That’s all for today
Today is our day, Miami! Show up at GiveMiamiDay.org and follow along as the day progresses via The Miami Foundation’s social media channels on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Spread the word, share the love, and invest in a stronger Miami for everyone who calls this place home — thank you for making the Magic City live up to its name.
We’ve got this,
— Rebecca & The Miami Foundation
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