Give Miami Day is the biggest day of generosity for Miami of the year, a community-wide fundraiser for every single nonprofit group for Greater Miami.
The big day is Nov. 16 but the donation window actually opens three days earlier on Nov. 13.
“You should not be alive in Miami this week and not finding your cause and giving back,” said Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, CEO and President of The Miami Foundation, on the Anti-Social podcast.
“We want everyone who lives to be involved and engaged in shaping the future of Miami.”
This is the 12th Give Miami Day and there are more than 1,000 organizations participating, such as food banks, mentorship programs, after-school programs, art institutions and news organizations just like the Key Biscayne Independent.
Lipsey said non-profit news organizations are vital to covering communities because of cutbacks in mainstream media.
“There are news agencies shutting down at I think it’s a rate of two per week,” she said. “And what that leads to across the country is news deserts, where people don’t have access to information about what’s happening in their own communities and can’t shine a light on issues or problems that are happening in it.”
Non-profit donations throughout the year are often geared towards specific projects, which leaves groups unable to pivot or innovate. Give Miami Day, though, goes to general operating resources.
“So the goal for us is how do we in one swoop help every nonprofit get flexible,” Lipsey said.
Give Miami Day also has donors who are willing to match other donations so every dollar given is actually two or even three.
To hear more of our fascinating interview with Lipsey about Give Miami Day, tune into the Anti-Social podcast.