Give Miami Day: The Miami Foundation Matches Your Donation to Charitable Causes

Won't you show Precious some love? (In the form of a matched donation to the Humane Society, of course.)
Won't you show Precious some love? (In the form of a matched donation to the Humane Society, of course.)

If there's any time to think of others ahead of ourselves, it's now. While it may be tempting to take advantage of seasonal sales to stock up on stuff for ourselves, how 'bout we take that extra cash and give it to those in need, instead? Hell, we could all use a little good karma after all that bad behavior during Basel.

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If you're feeling at all charitable, Give Miami Day is your chance to make that donation count extra. On December 12, The Miami Foundation will match a percentage of all donations between $25 and $10,000 received through GiveMiamiDay.org. Donors will have the chance to search the profiles of more than 300 local non-profits looking for public support.

"The Foundation launched our inaugural Give Miami Day to ignite Miamians to find and support organizations doing the work they believe is best for Miami-Dade," said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. "It's a new and easy way to stimulate philanthropy in our community by letting people give to the causes most important to them."

The Give Miami Day website offers up info on hundreds of area charities, allowing the different groups to provide in-depth profiles to potential givers. The concept is the brainchild of The Miami Foundation, a 45-year-old group that helps people create custom, charitable funds to benefit a whole host of organizations and causes. The Knight Foundation, which works to promote quality journalism, media innovation and community arts, is also supporting the effort.

Participating local nonprofits include the Humane Society of Greater Miami, the Lotus House Women's Shelter, the Miami Coalition for the Homeless and hundreds of others. Whatever your charity of choice, it's probably on the list.

"The Miami Foundation works with people to connect their philanthropy with community needs and opportunities. Today, the Foundation stewards more than $160 million in charitable assets from people that started their private foundations with us and share our vision for a greater Miami," Soto says.

Donors can get a percentage of their gifts matched from midnight on December 12 through midnight on December 13, so get that credit card ready and give till it hurts. Visit givemiamiday.org.

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