Dear Friends, Neighbors and Partners,
At the Key Biscayne Community Foundation we take our residents’ charitable vision and make it our mission. This year our residents gave their time, talent, and treasure to make a positive difference in the local, greater and global community. It was our honor to be able to facilitate that giving. We are very pleased to be able to share with you the Foundation’s accomplishments for 2012.
Throughout the past year, our donor-advised funds, which are the family and corporate foundations under our charitable umbrella, gave grants to over 74 charitable organizations, making a difference locally and globally. Our residents that gave their time and talents made huge impacts. These impacts were felt through the Principals’ Coalition, which provided collaboration among each school on the island and education for parents and teachers; through organizations like ArtCares for Kids run by Liz Portuondo and Dorian Rosen and Art Heart run by Cristina Zizold, both of which operated under our charitable umbrella for the benefit of sick children in the pediatric oncology and pediatric transplant units of Jackson’s Holtz Children’s Hospital; through Winnie and Wes Pritchett’s iPads for Soldiers which donated hundreds of iPads to Wounded Warriors recovering in military hospitals; and, again, through Key Biscayne Police Chief Charles Press’ Holiday Relief to Liberty City.
Through our partnerships with the de la Cruz Collection, the Winter Music Concert Series, and City Theatre, we help to provide the cultural programming that one would expect to find in a community like ours. With the help of the Village, our volunteers ran the largest events that took place on the island—the Lighthouse Run and the Fourth of July Parade. This year, a Knight Foundation Community Information Challenge grant allowed the Key Biscayne Community Foundation, in partnership with the University of Miami and the Village of Key Biscayne, to create Key Biscayne’s Citizen Scientist Project, which informs, engages, and educates residents about our natural resources to better protect our island paradise. We also celebrated our second year working with the Healthy Aging Regional Collaborative of the Health Foundation of South Florida. Our Healthy Aging program provided evidence-based physical fitness programs to our older adults both here and in Miami Gardens.
It has been a great year thanks to our friends, neighbors, partners, and, especially, our donors. We are thankful to have accomplished so much with your help.
Melissa McCaughan White