Our Philanthropic Strategy

Our mission is to enable, facilitate, and empower residents to make a positive difference in the local, greater, and global community through programs, grant making, fiscal scholarship, and community leadership. The Key Biscayne Community Foundation helps people who are philanthropic and who understand the value of charitable work to give effectively through donor funds. As a donor, you start a fund with the Community Foundation to support your many charitable causes. Your gift is invested and grants from your Fund support the projects that matter to you, and the grants carry your name.

The Key Biscayne Community Foundation also offers grants to support charitable organizations on and off the island. We believe that we are a community within a community, so the Foundation looks to improve the quality of life in the local and greater community. The Key Biscayne Community Foundation partners with local organizations, working together to help make and facilitate change, build community support, and create long-term sustainability for families and communities in need either through a collective impact approach or through other forms of collaboration.

Our goal is to provide lasting impact in the community through the funding, implementation, and support of evidence-based programming, and by supporting the efforts of local nonprofit organizations that provide services to children and families at risk in low-income communities. Our desire is to facilitate the residents of Key Biscayne in making an impactful investment in the greater community.

Through catalytic philanthropy, we partner and fund organizations that collaborate or use collective impact models to transform the most vulnerable communities in Miami-Dade County. The benefits of catalytic philanthropy over traditional philanthropy allow us to: 1) take responsibility for achieving results; 2) mobilize a campaign for change; 3) use all available tools; and, 4) create actionable knowledge in the local and greater community. For example our partnership with the Himan Brown Charitable Trust allows our donors to make charitable investments in nonprofit organizations that meet our philanthropic strategy by matching 100% of each donation up to $1,000. This program is called the Key to Giving. In order to participate, the twelve organizations in Miami-Dade County had to meet our grantee requirements and have a minimum level of evidence that their model is successful in addressing issues such as: community transformation, youth education, heathy futures, opportunity youth or homelessness. Our work in Liberty City has transformed from simply grantmaking into a Sister City model, a lasting and substantial community partnership between the Village of Key Biscayne and the neighborhood of Liberty City through a nonprofit organization that employs a collective impact approach. The Foundation supports local nonprofits that employ either a wrap-around approach or collective impact approach to disrupting poverty in the most at-risk communities of Miami-Dade County for all children.

Meet the Board of Directors

The Key Biscayne Community Foundation’s board of directors comprises well-respected individuals who govern the foundation, establish policy, set priorities, and make final grant decisions. All members are unpaid volunteers serving set terms. The foundation’s appointment process ensures that the board represents a diverse range of views and knowledge.

Carlos Batlle

Chairman

Carlos Batlle is head of JP Morgan’s Wealth Advisory Group in the Florida branch of its private bank. Carlos was previously a partner at law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP. Before becoming Chairman, he was honored as the Professional Advisor of the Year by the Key Biscayne Community Foundation.

Claudine Coto

Member

Claudine Coto is ranked among the top real estate agents in Miami and is a partner of The Coto Group, a leading team for ONE Sotheby’s International Realty. Prior to joining Sotheby’s in 2013, Claudine was consistently recognized for Fortune International Realty’s Platinum Circle. Learn more at Key Biscayne Today.

Patrick Dwyer

Past Chair

Patrick Dwyer is the Managing Director – Wealth Management at Dwyer and Associates, International Private Wealth Advisors. Learn more at Merrill Lynch or here.

Richard Goldstein

Member

Richard M. Goldstein, chair of the diverse Tax Group and co-chair of the Wealth Transfer Group, represents numerous family businesses, U.S. residents and non-resident aliens, multi-national entities and both publicly and privately-held companies.


Michael C. Grausam

Member

Michael Grausam is an Executive Director and Investment Specialist for the Southeast Region of the J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Mr. Grausam advises ultra-high net worth families, senior executives, hedge fund principals, financial sponsors, foundations and endowments on a range of financial matters including asset allocation, portfolio construction, equities, fixed income and alternative investments.

Gary Gross

Member

Gary Gross, a Senior Advisor in the Firm’s Tax and Business Services division, is also in charge of the strategic development for the Florida Region. Since joining Marcum in 1975, he has held many leadership positions including Partner of the Firm’s Tax and Business Services division and chairman of its Financial Services practice. Learn more.

Jorge Mendia

Founder

Jorge Mendia is a well known and well respected physician. Dr. Mendia received a Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University and a medical degree from the University of Miami. In addition to his thriving practice, he has served as the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mercy Hospital as well as on their Medical Executive Committee.

Luke Palacio

Vice Chairman

Luke Palacio joined Citi Private Bank in March 2013 as Managing Director and Regional Market Manager for the Southeast region. Under Luke’s leadership, Citi Private Bank is looking to expand the firm’s presence throughout Florida beyond the key locations of Miami, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach.


Anne Richards Rothe

Secretary

Anne Richards Rothe, an eighteen year Key resident, came to KBCF as a founding board member. She brought to the Foundation her experience developing the grantmaking process at the Paul Palank Memorial Foundation, her professional background as a Licensed Clinical Social Work, and a commitment to the quality of life in the community.

Ana Gloria Rivas-Vázquez

Founder

An attorney and former journalist, Ana Gloria Rivas-Vázquez has worked in the field of philanthropy for nearly 20 years. Recognized for her work in the area of Latino philanthropy, Ms. Rivas-Vázquez is a frequent speaker on issues of diversity in philanthropy and Latino giving. She has authored a chapter on the giving traditions of Hispanics.

Bill Rohrer

Member

Bill Rohrer is an international tax attorney and a certified public accountant. His practice focuses on strategic tax planning for foreign and domestic clients, many of whom have tax issues spanning several tax jurisdictions. Mr. Rohrer’s advice covers business transactional planning, with emphasis on inbound, tax-advantaged structures for doing business within the US, and outbound “foreign tax credit” optimization structures.

Stephen Sonnabend

Member

Stephen Sonnabend has been Hospitality Consultant of Sonesta International Hotels Corp. since July 2008. Mr. Sonnabend served as Senior Vice President of Sonesta International Hotels Corp. Since 1970 and served as President and General Manager of the Sonesta Beach Resort in Key Biscayne, Florida.


Danielle Vidal

Member

Danielle is Vice President of Premium Finance Group and completed her studies with a BA in Business Administration and an MBA at the University of Miami. She is a also a Board member and founder of Twelve Smiles, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness of various local, national and international charities by organizing events, drives and collections throughout the year. Learn more.

Jennifer Wanner

Member

Jennifer Wanner is a Senior Tax Associate at Lancaster & Reed on Key Biscayne. Wanner focuses on US taxation of international transactions including foreign trusts, partnerships and corporate interests abroad, and assists tax-exempt organizations with their annual filings.

Patricia Woodson

Treasurer

For over a decade Patricia Woodson has worked with Activist, Inc providing program development to enhance community, communication, and to foster leadership. During that time, Woodson also sat as Council Member for the Village of Key Biscayne for two consecutive terms (November 2004 – November 2008)


Meet the KBCF Team

Invested in our community and responding to your ideas, our community team acts as the front door to the foundation. We do this in order to enable, facilitate, and empower residents to make a positive difference in the local, greater, and global community. The Key Biscayne Community Foundation Team brings it all together. These hand-selected professionals from throughout South Florida allows KBCF to operate smoothly & efficiently to better assist our donors. Contact the KBCF Team members at Info@KeyBiscayneFoundation.org.

KBCF Staff

Melissa White

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Carolyn Cruz

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Annette Perez

ACCOUNTING

Valeria Salvo

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Rumya Sundaram

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR

Consultants & Advisors

Robert Molinari, PhD

CITIZEN SCIENTIST PROGRAM OFFICER

Nathan Moyer

COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA

Amancio Paradela

GRANTS ADMINISTRATION

Ernest Porter, CPA

FINANCIAL MANAGER