This unprecedented time will define Greater Miami’s strength to tap even deeper into our shared spirit of caring, community and resilience. That spirit is already in full force as residents, public agencies, businesses and organizations step up to do their part to lessen the potential spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. The health, safety and well-being of The Miami Foundation team and our broader community remains our top priority. In the coming months, the impact of responses needed to restore the lives of Greater Miamians will continue to emerge. Here are some ways you can help.


LONG-TERM RECOVERY: The Community Recovery Fund – Local nonprofit organizations have had to cancel revenue-generating events, absorb unexpected costs and shut their doors to clients, eliminating much-needed fees for their services. The Community Recovery Fund provides critical help to Miami-Dade nonprofits whose operations are severely impacted and supports their long-term recovery, resilience and financial stability. The Miami Foundation has seeded the Fund with a $300,000 contribution. To support Miami-Dade County’s vital network of nonprofit institutions and the residents they serve, click here to give now. Nonprofit staff members can read more and express interest for support by completing this form.

IMMEDIATE RELIEF: Miami Pandemic Response Fund – United Way of Miami-Dade, in partnership with the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald, the Health Foundation of South Florida and The Miami Foundation, has launched the Miami Pandemic Response Fund. Through Operation Helping Hands, the fund provides immediate aid to families and small businesses through a network of nonprofit partners, including food supplies, utilities, rent/mortgage assistance, and micro-grants to small businesses. The Miami Foundation has made a $100,000 contribution to the fund from The Community Recovery Fund. To support urgent resident needs across the county, click here to give now.

We will keep our COVID-19 coronavirus response resources page updated with other ways you can help the effort and information for residents and local nonprofit organizations. You may also follow us on Twitter for the latest.

Here are some additional Foundation operations updates:


  • Our staff is working remotely: The Foundation team is working remotely for the time being, except for a few essential staff that will periodically be in the office. We have also cancelled any upcoming work-related travel.



  • Grant application and grantee reports: We understand this is a challenging time for nonprofits focused on emerging community needs. If you are unable to meet either a Foundation grant program application deadline or provide a grant report for a prior award, please email the Programs team and let us know:


  • Processing grants: All grants and vendor payments will be sent via ACH. Additionally, all communications, including grant award letters and gift acknowledgements, will be sent electronically. This transition may result in a processing delay, so please bear with us. We appreciate your patience.


  • Market performance: While public health remains our focus, we also understand concerns regarding fluctuations in markets that affect our charitable investments, and therefore, grantmaking capability. Acceleration of the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified anxiety of already-concerned investors about its impact on global growth and corporate earnings. As a result, global equity-market volatility has increased and share prices have declined. We expect this to continue for the short term, as long as the extent of the impact on global economic activity remains unknown, which will likely be until the virus runs its course. But once it does, we have every reason to believe that business activity will return to normal. We established regular check-ins with our investment consultants for the time being.


  • Community response: We are in close communication with local civic, business and nonprofit leaders to ensure we are ready to take action on any coordinated community-wide response to COVID-19 and/or its disruption to the daily lives of residents. We will update you as we have more to share.


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We hope you and your loved ones stay safe and healthy.

Joe Fernandez
Interim President and CEO


Photo credit: Robert G. Holmes

  • Becky Roper Matkov
    Posted at 17:06h, 26 March Reply

    Bravo to the Miami Foundation for stepping up to help nonprofits so distressed financially by the devastating corona-virus pandemic.. The cancellation or postponement indefinitely of so many major annual fundraisers has devastated the budgets of all, especially small nonprofits who do not have ongoing governmental funding.

    Becky Roper Matkov
    President of the Board
    Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

  • Manuel Prestamo, Ph.D.
    Posted at 20:52h, 27 March Reply

    The efforts by The Miami Foundation and others, such as the Knight Foundation, to help nonprofit organizations distressed by the devastating corona virus are certainly admirable and much appreciated. Having said that, I am very seriously concerned as there does not appear to be an understanding that for the many stand alone performing artists and their agents and managers, all of whom are permanent residents of Miami and most of whom are NOT in any way directly related to a specific nonprofit entity….there does not appear to be any financial grid to support them locally. Their incomes have gone to zero and will be likely to stay at zero for months to come. I hope you all can understand the severe hardship that this sector of the arts in Miami is experiencing and find some way to include them in your admirable efforts to embrace humanity and make Miami a better place to live.

    Manuel Prestamo, Ph. D.
    PMI: Performance Management International

  • Ana Zapata
    Posted at 14:55h, 29 March Reply

    Hi can you please help ms I lost my job I have no money no food no shelter I was staying I. A hotel that u pay every week and they kick me out cause hotels di f keep you please help me 786 326 5557

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