Leaning into Leadership in 2024

.

This is a year where leadership will be front and center.

This will be true for us here at The Miami Foundation, but frankly, it will be true everywhere we look. It’s an election year, a time of great divisiveness, and our community continues to experience a rapid growth spurt while dealing with issues of affordability and resilience. These types of challenges require leadership that unifies and engages our community in serious solutions.

So what does brave, unifying leadership look like in 2024?

This will be the essential question of our year at The Miami Foundation. We’ll be answering it all year long through an increased focus in leadership development programs, civic leadership efforts, and even knowledge leadership, where we leverage the data our Foundation harvests to steer community solutions. And most importantly, we’ll be holding a high bar for our own leadership. Read on below to learn about our core leadership priorities for the year ahead, and know that in 2024, your leadership will be more valuable than ever. Thanks for standing with us to strengthen Miami.

President & CEO

The Miami Foundation

1. Values-based Leadership

We believe great leadership starts with clarity of values. How we treat others, and how we show up in the world can be even more important than the money we give out and the programs we run. At The Foundation, we re-set our team values every year and embed them into every facet of our work. If you’re curious about what our team values are this year, you can peek at them here – but more importantly, we encourage our network to take the time to start the year grounded in what you value.

Mosaic of colors and images with superimposed text reading: Leadership, Equity, Togetherness, Sustainability, Bravery, Joy, & Big Picture
Civic Engagement is about empowering people. Foundation staff and community leaders began a 6-month capacity-building program, in partnership with EVE Consulting, for veteran-serving organizations.

2. Civic Leadership

This will be a year where we all can choose who we want to represent us. While the presidential election may capture the most attention, we see abysmally low voter turnout for local elections… and our local leaders arguably have the most impact on our everyday quality of life. At The Foundation, we’ll be reawakening “Our Miami: The People’s Forums” to help locals learn about the candidates running for office and to demystify our local election process. Local civic engagement starts with local knowledge, which is why we’re also proud to continue building Press Forward, which is focused on strengthening local news ecosystems.

3. Leadership Development

Our Foundation has been investing in building a generation of outstanding future leaders for Miami for 25 years. This year we’ll be kicking off applications for our next Miami Fellows cohort and hosting our 25th anniversary Alumni Summit – to catalyze the power of our incredible alumni.

We’ll also be launching a new leadership program, the Saltwater Fellowship…but you’ll have to wait until the end of February to hear about that one. 😉

Mosaic of colors and images with superimposed text reading: Leadership, Equity, Togetherness, Sustainability, Bravery, Joy, & Big Picture
Civic Engagement is about empowering people. Foundation staff and community leaders began a 6-month capacity-building program, in partnership with EVE Consulting, for veteran-serving organizations.

4. Knowledge Leadership

Each year, we gain insights from over 1,000 nonprofits about their visions, goals, and needs through grant programs, office hours, site visits, and, of course, Give Miami Day. In 2024, we will be obsessed with distilling insights and guiding our community toward powerful collaborations and solutions by distilling our data and producing reports and knowledge resources. Our first report of 2024 will come out at our 9th annual State of Black Philanthropy event in February. Our Give Miami Day and education ecosystem reports will come shortly thereafter.

In the meantime, be sure to review some of the reports and knowledge resources that we have already produced, including our Miami Connected report, our 2023 State of Black Philanthropy report, and our artlook Map.

5. Our Leadership

Miami is one of the most diverse regions in the world. To lead thoughtfully, we need to make sure that we have bold voices representing all parts of our community involved and engaged deeply in our work at The Foundation. We’re thrilled to introduce our new trustees – Aaron Gordon, Pilar Guzmán, Grace Mead, Rodrick Miller, and Nitin Motwani. We also want to share who is stepping up into executive leadership on our Board of Trustees, as well as who will be steering our thinking on our Community Advisory Council.

This group of cross-sector leaders bring varied perspectives to the table, but they share a few core commonalities – They’re deeply committed to strengthening Miami. They care about equity and opportunity for all people who call this place home. They work brilliantly with people across lines of difference, and they lead with tremendous integrity, bravery, and heart.

Mosaic of colors and images with superimposed text reading: Leadership, Equity, Togetherness, Sustainability, Bravery, Joy, & Big Picture
Civic Engagement is about empowering people. Foundation staff and community leaders began a 6-month capacity-building program, in partnership with EVE Consulting, for veteran-serving organizations.

6. Your Leadership

Miami is stronger when everyone who lives here is engaged in the community. A major priority for our Foundation over the next three years is connection – helping our entire community get involved. We want to know you better to understand the issue areas you care about and to help build bridges for people to work together toward bolder solutions and bigger impact than any of us could achieve alone.

If you haven’t connected with our Foundation in a while, reach out here, and tell us how you’re working (or hoping to work) to strengthen Miami. We exist to strengthen our community now and forever, and we want you there with us, making waves together.

Tags:
No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.