Philanthropy Miami seeking creative aproaches to community problems

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Leave A Legacy ( hosts Philanthropy Miami 2015 — The Changing Tide in Philanthropy, What’s New and What’s Next in the Philanthropic Sector — on Thursday, Mar. 5, a daylong summit showcasing innovative solutions to social problems and the latest trends and tools in fundraising.

This year philanthropic and community leaders will focus on learning from social entrepreneurs, forging partnerships between nonprofits and for-profits, and framing critical issues to gain media attention and garner supporters when they meet at Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation president Alberto Ibargüen will address how foundations can change the trajectory of local economies, neighborhoods and families by sharing research and resources.

Journalist and TV host Helen Aguirre Ferre will lead a discussion with three community leaders who embarked on new career paths, creating an entirely different approach to serving their community. Newly elected Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine, Goodwill Industries CEO and former Miami Herald publisher David Landsberg, and former county commissioner Katy Sorenson will share their experiences, insights, and challenges.

“Our community is going through a phenomenal change, with new busi- nesses and new leaders changing the direction and focus of our community,” said Dave Halpern, co-chair of Philanthropy Miami 2015 and president of Exceptional Organizations. “Our goal is to leverage their resources and develop more community- business partnerships to solve Miami’s needs.” Philanthropy Miami Fundraising Basics will spotlight the latest fundraising tools and strategies nonprofits can use to improve donations, grow their volunteer base, and tap executives to join boards of directors. Success often comes down to making “the ask” and closing the deal. FIU’s Steven Schwartz, director of Estate and Planned Giving and co-chair of Philanthropy Miami, leads a workshop on netting the big gift.

Philanthropy Miami will cap off with nonprofits and businesses going head to head in a “Shark Tank” competition geared to finding innovative ideas to solve community problems. Last year, Disability Independence Group teamed up with the University of Miami and Coral Gables Police to win the first Philanthropy Miami Shark Tank. The three organizations received $5,000 for their project, which educates emergency responders about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

This year’s Shark Tank judges are: Maria C. Alonso, Bank of America; Sheldon Anderson, The Beacon Council; Matt Haggman; Knight Foundation; Mario Murgado, Brickell Motors, and Penny Shaffer, Florida Blue.

Philanthropy Miami is sponsored by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Bank of America; Baptist Health South Florida Foundation; FIU; Wells Fargo, and The Children’s Trust.

Ticket Prices are $195 in advance ($225 at the door). Call 305-379-0800 or send email to Leslie Cuenca at

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