Commissioner hosts Funders’ Forum for District 8 Nonprofit Academy grads

Commissioner hosts Funders’ Forum for District 8 Nonprofit Academy grads

Brent J. Semachko, executive director, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Office of Nonprofit Engagement, discusses community partnership building with Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava hosted the District 8 Nonprofit Academy Funders’ Forum on Feb. 28 to help create a synergy between local nonprofits and Miami-Dade’s top funding organizations and help the groups raise funds.

The Funders Forum, conducted at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, was the capstone to five months of intense training and development for 19 local nonprofit leaders who graduated from the Nonprofit Academy. The evening event provided a long-awaited opportunity for these nonprofits to participate in “speed-dating” style networking with potential funders, including Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Health Foundation of South Florida, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Peacock Foundation, The Children’s Trust, and The Miami Foundation.

“Nonprofits are the lifeblood of Miami-Dade County and when they are strong, we all thrive,” Commissioner Levine Cava said. “They understand the needs of our communities and provide invaluable services to our families. This is why I am deeply committed to investing in our local nonprofits, created the District 8 Nonprofit Academy, and host the Funders’ Forum event.”

The Academy features interactive workshops that are facilitated by leading experts to give select nonprofits the tools they need to increase organizational capacity, meet performance standards, and build resilience during uncertain times. A total of 54 nonprofits have graduated from the Academy In the past three years. JPMorgan Chase & Co. was the sole sponsor of the 2017-18 Academy.

Highlighting the Funders’ Forum was a video of testimonials about how the nonprofits are applying their lessons learned in the Academy.

“Our nonprofits are building better boards, writing successful grants, improving their finances, refining and enhancing their performance measurements, and becoming even better community partners,” Commissioner Levine Cava said. “I am proud to say that our Academy is helping our nonprofits serve the community better.”

For more information about the Nonprofit Academy and its graduates, contact the District 8 Office at 305-378-6677.

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