South Florida philanthropists and residents continue to give back to their community in the most memorable ways. The city is full of powerful figures, like Michael Capponi, Robert Sena, Anthony Shriver, and Lileana de Moya, and altruistic go-getters like Sarah Akiba. We've rounded up some of the most impactful charities throughout Miami and its neighboring communities to help bring awareness to their causes in giving back this holiday season.
1.Global Empowerment Mission
Founder and executive director of Global Empowerment Mission, Michael Capponi, a well-known business pioneer in the Miami community, has channeled his entrepreneurial spirit into charitable endeavors. This non-profit has grown into an international organization with the ability to immediately respond around the world to all phases of disasters. By harnessing the power of social media, celebrity influencers, strategic public-private partnerships and a strong, knowledgeable base of experienced volunteers, Michael has created a replicable formula to have an efficient and effective response to global disasters. Visit globalempowermentmission.org to get involved.
2. The de Moya Foundation
Family based and founded by Lileana de Moya, the de Moya Foundation is committed to creating employment opportunities for young adults with union abilities by building long term partnerships with employers and providing support for the employees. They work to foster hope, confidence, and independence to ensure successful employment outcomes and community inclusion. Visit demoyafoundation.org to get involved, or purchase tickets to the November Miami Corporate Games.
3. Little Lighthouse Foundation
The Little Lighthouse Foundation was founded by real estate developer, Robert Sena, with the mission to bring smiles and impactful experiences to the underprivileged youth of South Florida. The non-profit strives to fulfill their mission with proprietary programming and concepts with the support of like-minded partners and individuals and create accessible and diverse volunteer opportunities for those actively looking to donate their time. Visit thelittlelighthouse.org to get involved, or purchase tickets for the November Hearts & Stars Gala.
4. Angel Watching Over Me Foundation
Founded by Sarah Akiba, Angel Watching Over Me is a female led organization creating change through community in Miami. Their mission is to create and build a safe space for young middle school girls in public schools, taking our current AWOM girls club curriculum and expanding nationwide. The AWOM relief supports others in need in the face of a national disaster or hardship and our goal is to continue to increase the lives we change. Visit awom.org to get involved, or purchase tickets for the November Gala.
5. Chapman Partnership
Chapman Partnership celebrates their 25th year anniversary of empowering the homeless. The foundation proves their case for giving by providing comprehensive programs and services in collaboration with others that empower our residents with dignity and respect to overcome homelessness and achieve and maintain long-term self-sufficiency. Visit chapmanpartnership.org to get involved.
6. Best Buddies
Founder, chairman, and CEO of Best Buddies International, Anthony Shriver, strives to foster one-to-one friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Through Shriver’s stewardship and entrepreneurial spirit, Best Buddies has grown into a leading non-profit entity with increasing international reach across six continents, establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for people with IDD. Visit bestbuddies.org to learn about the countless ways to get involved, or purchase tickets for the November Gala and Hublot Best Buddied Challenge.