Our thoughts and prayers are with our former president and CEO, Javier Alberto Soto, and his family on the passing of their daughter Sofia Isabel.


On behalf of the Soto family, thank you to the Miami community for the support, love and prayers.


In lieu of flowers, the Soto family asks for your support of three philanthropic funds that have been established in Sofia’s honor:


  • The Sofia Isabel Fund for University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, at The Miami Foundation



  • The Sofia Isabel Fund for Firefly Autism, at The Denver Foundation



  • Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors
University of Miami’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities


The mission of the University of Miami’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM CARD) is to provide support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related disabilities. The Soto family is deeply grateful for the guidance, support, and love they have received from everyone at UM CARD. This fund will be held as an endowment at The Miami Foundation.

Firefly Autism


Firefly Autism provided Sofia with abundant support and love during her time in Colorado. Gifts to this fund will help Firefly Autism support children like Sofia. This fund will be held as an endowment at The Denver Foundation.

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors


Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors was established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin as a way to include and involve other caring people in the protection of injured, threatened, or endangered wildlife – from the individual animal to an entire species. Sofia loved the Irwin family’s television programs, which promote wildlife conservation and kindness to animals. Australia Zoo will devote all dollars received in Sofia’s name to its koala conservation program.

Instructions for Wildlife Warriors donations:


  1. Enter donation amount and check the box ‘Honor someone special with your gift’.
  2. From the drop down select ‘In Memory of’ and enter Sofia Isabel Soto.
  3. Complete the rest of the donation form with your details, a receipt will be sent automatically to your email address after the donation has processed.


*If giving from outside the US, please use this link and enter the region you’re donating from.

The Miami Foundation