On behalf of the Board and staff of The Miami Foundation, we are thrilled to welcome you to the Sixth Annual State of Black Philanthropy. Together with nearly 1,000 friends and partners across Greater Miami, we celebrated and reflected on the rich history of leadership, generosity, and impact of Miami’s Black community. As you enjoy the program, we encourage you to order a meal from a local Black-owned restaurant (see below for suggestions), and to read more about our grantees and partners listed below. Our sincere thanks to Stearns Weaver Miller for generously making this program possible.


The Miami Foundation is building the philanthropic, civic, and leadership backbone for Greater Miami. Your involvement matters, and we are grateful that you are here with us. Stay close. 

Thank you to BRIDGE Miami for directing and producing the program. BRIDGE Miami, a new local channel, is a video platform that supports local businesses and amplifies communities.

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Join film premiere of artist GeoVanna Gonzalez - “HOW TO: Oh, look at me” - at @nwsymphony SoundScape Park on Thursday, April 15 at 7:30p.m. The film is presented in conjunction with her exhibition on view at @locustprojects. More info:

Students & teachers, join @CLEOInstitute on April 20-22 for their Earth Day 2021 Webinar Series focused on the climate crisis. Each day, they will provide a climate overview about the science, impacts, & solutions related to climate. Register at!

Join @IlluminArtsMIA on April 14 for “The Glory of this Perfect Day: Programming & Planning Recitals of Art Song by Black Composers”. A great panel - including our own @kunyatenor - will shine a light on songs written by Black composers. More here:

Save the Date, April 20th at 2pm, as Alex Rosales, Programs Associate from our team, joins our friends from @ChildrensTrust & @KnightFoundation at a virtual funders roundtable hosted by @centerforsocialchange. Learn more & RSVP at

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Program Details

Welcome by Calvin Hughes


Lift Every Voice by Hued Songs, Miami-based performance series that celebrates and explores Black culture and history


Introduction by Rebecca Fishman Lipsey


Investing in Racial Equity, featuring

Charisse Grant

Kerry-Ann Royes

James Lopez

Santra Denis

William ‘Bill’ Dozier

Starex Smith


South Florida Racial Justice Table, a conversation with

Charisse Grant

Wakumi Douglas


Celebrating Black Philanthropy, a conversation with

Nadege Green

Sheldon Anderson

Armen Henderson


A Message from the Little Haiti Cultural Center ft. Sandy Dorsainvil


A Call to Action by Dr. Nelson Adams


Performance by Art Prevails Project, nonprofit performing arts organization connecting communities with theatre, poetry, and more


Stronger Black-owned businesses not only grow Greater Miami’s economy, but generate opportunity for owners, their employees and their families. For the event, Starex Smith, founder of The Hungry Black Man and an awardee of The Racial Equity Fund, curated meals from local restaurants.


It is not to late to support! Check out a few of his local favorites below:

Miami’s Top 5 Black-owned Vegan Restaurants

Miami’s Top 10 Black-owned Restaurants in 2020

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