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Miami Foundation allocates $204,900 for LGBT Community Projects

News release from the Miami Foundation:

248902_220818237945817_5795400_n MIAMI, Fla. ­– October 1, 2012 ­– The Miami Foundation has announced the distribution of $204,900 from its GLBT Community Projects Fund to 22 area groups or institutions. Awards range from $2,500 to $18,000.

The money came from a record-breaking $211,291 donation by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force to the Foundation in June for distribution to local community LGBT-friendly groups. The donation represents two-thirds of the combined net proceeds from the Task Force’s 2012 Winter Party Festival and the 15th Annual Recognition Dinner, both held in Miami Beach.

“There is no question that the contributions of the LGBT community have enhanced the quality of life for all in Miami-Dade and South Florida,” said Miami Foundation President and CEO Javier Alberto Soto. “The recipients are all great contributors to education, the arts and social services and the community is richer for it.”

Said Nancy Jones, the Foundation’s vice president for development and communications: “In one way or other, each of the recipient organizations serves not only the LGBT community, but Greater Miami as a whole.”

The $6,391 balance will go to the Task Force’s national efforts to achieve LGBT equality.

This year’s recipients include: the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of South Florida; Blue Stripe Films, Equality Florida Human Rights Education Project; Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami; Florida International University; Fundarte Inc, the MDC Foundation/Miami International Film Festival; the MDGLCC Foundation; Miami Beach Gay Pride, Inc.; Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc.; Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Inc.; Next @ 19 Street; Performing Arts Center Trust, Inc.; Pioneer Winter Collective; Pridelines Youth Services, Inc.; Safe Schools South Florida; SAVE Foundation, Inc.; Shining Families; Switchboard of Miami, Inc.; Tigertail Productions; YES Institute.

The upcoming Miami Recognition Dinner, “Sparkle,” will take place Oct. 6 at the Fontainebleau Hotel, and the Winter Party Festival will be March 6-11 at venues throughout Miami and Miami Beach.

About the Miami Foundation:

Established in 1967, The Miami Foundation has helped hundreds of people create personal, permanent and powerful legacies by establishing custom, charitable Funds. With foundation expertise, Fundholders have fostered the arts, awarded scholarships, championed diversity, taught kids to read, provided food and shelter for the hungry and homeless, and more. More than $150 million in grants and scholarships has been awarded in the Foundation’s 45-year history. Today, the Foundation is steward to more than $160 million in charitable assets. For more information about The Miami Foundation, visit www.miamifoundation.org.

About GLBT Community Projects Fund:

The GLBT Community Projects Fund is a unique partnership between The Miami Foundation and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. In 2005, the Task Force assumed leadership for producing two signature events for Greater Miami’s GLBT community – the Winter Party Festival in the spring and the Miami Recognition Dinner in the fall. Thanks to the efforts of local GLBT leaders, a share of the proceeds from these events stays in the local community through a Fund established at the The Miami Foundation.

About The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force builds the power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community from the ground up. The Task Force is the country’s premier social justice organization fighting to improve the lives of LGBT people and working to create positive, lasting change and opportunity for all. Visit www.thetaskforce.org for more information.

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