2019 Social + Economic Impact Grant Recipients

The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation aims to develop South Florida as a world-class urban center. In 2019, the Foundation announced $600,000 in grants benefiting nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting equitable education opportunities, addressing growing concerns of economic inequality and more.

Arts and Culture

GableStage – $75,000

To support the world premiere PREMIERE of WATSON by New York Times Bestselling author, James Grippando, that will open GableStage’s 2019-2020 Season and will be on the second world premiere in the organizations 21-year history. In addition to producing the highest-quality works for Greater Miami, GableStage will continue its commitment to serving more artists in the South Florida community through its practice of hiring locally.

 

Education

Catalyst Miami – $50,000
To support the launch of “Future Bound Miami,” a local Children’s Saving Accounts (CSAs) program – a college savings model – by investing in the key first-year outreach and engagement of parents of kindergarteners in the City of Miami. CSAs are strong predictors of college attendance: youth with a savings account in their name, even a small one, are about 6 times more likely to attend college. Scaling growth over the next five years would make the CSA program the largest in the country.

 

KIPP Miami – $60,000

To support the growth of the KIPP Sunrise Academy elementary school in Liberty City as it adds more grade levels. Launched in 2018, KIPP Miami has enabled families to enroll their child in KIPP Miami’s high-performing schools that offer an environment of academic excellence, focus on character development and world-class instruction, and deliver exception growth in educational gains even when students start out well below their grade level.

 

Education/Health and Well-being 

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired – $50,000

To support the Learning Center for Children™, a model of inclusive classrooms for sighted and visually impaired students, as the center grows from pre-kindergarten and kindergarten to adding classrooms for students moving to first and second grades. They will also expand on-campus workshops and seminars, and use digital technology to increase their ability to raise awareness of best practices and provide professional development locally, nationally, and internationally.

 

The Education Fund, Inc. – $60,000

To expand the Food Forests for Schools initiative to more public schools in Miami-Dade and design systems and flagship models needed to guide district-wide expansion. Food Forests for Schools is a first-in-the-nation effort to transform public schoolyards into large-scale, outdoor eco-classrooms planted with superfoods that are used to improve science learning and nutritional habits, and provide fresh foods for school meals and to send home to thousands of families.

 

Together for Children – $70,000

To increase grassroots family engagement and supports for youth in the communities served by its six Neighborhood Coalitions. The countywide, multi-partner collaboration aligns services and support for high-risk youth and has created a referral and family case management system that reaches more than 10,000 youth based upon data that identifies those at risk. The neighborhood-based work will continue to reduce chronic school absenteeism, youth arrests, and increase the number of youth participating in quality out of school programming and/or internships.

 

Health and Well-being

Voices For Children Foundation, Inc. – $50,000

To reduce the time children spend in foster care by adding a specialist focused exclusively on permanency and piloting the results of having one person systematically addressing the barriers that prevent permanency to minimize the number of children who languish in foster care. For children in foster care, the lack of permanency – a secure attachment to at least one adult – has significant implications for their health, educational, social needs, and prospects for success.

 

Health and Well-being/Economic Development  

Easter Seals South Florida – $60,000
To expand the reach and impact of its Life Skills Centers that will bring the University of North Carolina’s Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children model together with the organization’s Culinary Arts vocational high school program for young adults with developmental disabilities. The goals are to grow the Life/Job Skills Program, currently serving about 100 individuals, from one to three sites (Miami, Miami Gardens, and Kendall) and create an expansion plan for more off-site programs and real-world experiences.

 

Economic Development

Grameen America, Inc.  – $75,000

To continue expanding the Miami branch of Grameen America, which provides low-income women with the business capital in the form of micro-loans, financial training, and community support needed to lift their families out of poverty and spearhead economic revitalization in their neighborhoods. Since opening in December 2017, Grameen Miami has quickly become the organization’s fastest-growing branch in the nation.

 

Environment

Miami Waterkeeper – $50,000

To support the continued growth of the “1,000 Eyes on the Water” program, MWK will develop a mobile application for pollution reporting in conjunction with Google developers, create online learning materials, implement more Spanish language outreach and outreach to high-needs areas. The mobile technology is designed to scale up the number of people reached, and the amount of pollution reported as MWK grows this program digitally and with in-person events.

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