MEET THE 2022 SOCIAL & ECONOMIC ISSUE AREA GRANTEES! 

In 2022, the Jorge M. Perez Family Foundation Program invested $1.775 million in Miami-Dade organizations working to provide opportunity in the spaces of health and well-being, education, the environment and economic development.

Health + Well Being

 

Dade County Street Response – $100,000

To support the urgent mental health and other health needs of underserved and often unhoused populations of Miami by providing services, medication, and transportation.

 

Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired– $100,000

To support the Miami Lighthouse Academy and expand early learning curricular offerings to increase the number of inclusive pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms for sighted and visually impaired students and add new classes for students reaching first and second grade.

 

Voices For Children Foundation – $100,000

To provide continued support for a specialist exclusively focused on permanency with the goal of reducing the time children spend in foster care.

 

Education

 

Catalyst Miami – $100,000

To support the continued expansion of Future Bound Miami, a local Children’s Saving Accounts (CSAs) program – a college savings model – by investing in the outreach and engagement of parents.

 

KIPP Miami – $150,000

To support the new KIPP Miami facilities and the school continues to grow and add new schools, grades, and students.

 

The Education Fund – $150,000

To continue scaling up the Food Forests for Schools initiative, a first-in-the-nation effort to transform public schoolyards into large-scale, cutting-edge, outdoor eco-classrooms filled with superfoods – via trees, bushes, vines, groundcover, and pathways.

 

Together for Children – $75,000

To scale the collaborative’s efforts to develop and execute a long-term sustainable strategy to address the root causes of youth violence.

 

Economic Development

 

Catalyst Miami – $150,000

To support small business support work that will help low-wealth communities by providing customized small business technical assistance and other programming.

 

Grameen America – $200,000

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.

 

The Allapattah Collaborative CDC – $150,000

To support the Master Plan for the Allapattah Main Street revitalization program by funding the expansion of the Small Business Resilience Cohorts.

 

 

Environment

 

Miami Waterkeeper – $100,000

To continue support for the full suite of education and outreach programs offered by Miami Waterkeeper with a goal of educating, empowering and engaging residents dedicated to achieving swimmable, drinkable, fishable water.

 

The Everglades Foundation – $100,000

To expand the K-12 Everglades Literacy teacher trainings in Miami and deploy a multi-lingual adult Everglades literacy campaign.

 

 

All Areas

 

The Miami Foundation Racial Equity Fund – $300,000

To enable the Racial Equity Fund at The Miami Foundation to double-down on outstanding Black-led organizations tackling racial inequity in Miami as a united force for change, offering multi-year support that enables them to hire up, deepen programming, and work toward shifting policies, laws, practices, resources, and solutions in communities.

The Miami Foundation