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 will join to celebrate and reflect 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 evening 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 tonight. Stay close. 

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We’re live tweeting! Follow @MiamiFoundation and use #SBP21 to share your thoughts, meals and more.

An adventure through the origin of Miami & its story like you've never heard before 🌊🗣️ 'The Miami Creation Myth' by Andrew Otazo - complete with history, satire & Cuban curse words to make even the most cynical Miamian LOL. Ready for your next read?🔗http://bit.ly/40awXwk

What do the bay, plenty of sunshine, and thousands of volunteers cleaning our shoreline have in common?
#Baynanza! 🌊😎
Join us for the #BiscayneBay Cleanup Day taking place Saturday, April 15. You have many locations to choose from in #OurCounty. Visit http://miamidade.gov/baynanza.

This #WorldWaterDay, show your love for Biscayne Bay with the "Protect Biscayne Bay" specialty license plate. Help us reach 3,000 presales! Reserve your plate voucher at http://miamidade.gov/mybayplate

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Ready to up your editing game?📝Join @oolitearts for 'Skills: Editing and Editors' on April 1! Learn from local and national editors and get tips on becoming a great editor or working alongside one. Register now!👉🔗

Supporting regional efforts pushing local initiatives for a more artful life, @NEAarts offers 'Grants for Arts Projects,' providing diverse community funding opportunities. Make your project or program come alive & apply by July 6! For More information🔗http://bit.ly/3YJfoCk

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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. Starex Smith, founder of The Hungry Black Man and an awardee of The Racial Equity Fund, curated a list of local restaurants to enhance your State of Black Philanthropy experience.


To reserve your meal, call the restaurant ahead of Wednesday and mention our event. We have 50 takeout meals reserved at each restaurant for our attendees to pick up. See the full menu and contacts below:


Lorna’s Caribbean and American Grill (Miami Gardens)

Crabman 305 (Opa-Locka)

Lovely’s on the Go (Miami Gardens)
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