About Us



In 1997, Leave A Legacy began as a program of the Planned Giving Council with a mission to enhance the planned giving capacity of local non profits and to increase public awareness about legacy giving. Over these twenty years, the work of Leave A Legacy expanded to meet the needs of the non-profit community of Miami with programs that include an Annual Educational Conference, National Philanthropy Day kick-off programming, and the Donor Next Door luncheon. Our work has taken us beyond our original plans and to a new mission: TO INSPIRE PHILANTHROPY IN MIAMI. As we look to the next twenty years, we are dedicated to the growth of non-profit professionals, to elevating the service of board members, and to inspiring our community's generous donors. And because it is usually the best idea and provides clarity in the marketplace to have a name that describes your business, from this point forward, we are PhilanthropyMiami. Individually and collectively, you inspire philanthropy in Miami so we invite you to tell your story.





Since 2014, our annual PhilanthropyMiami Conference has featured a Shark Tank competition aimed at supporting innovative programs that feature unique partnerships and demonstrate meaningful impact.

Our winners:

2017 WINNER: OVERTOWN YOUTH CENTER



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Project: The Do Better Project – BuzzBox

The BuzzitForward-The Do Better Project is trying to address the need for mentoring in underprivileged areas through "barbershop talks" - sought out to build upon the strengths of the local community, to tailor messages unique to the needs of minority youth. The project will empower children through professional haircuts; provided out of shipping containers morphed into barbershops, to improve physical appearance, which directly correlates to self-esteem and can impact academic/behavior performance. Through proper grooming and mentoring, services aim to re-instill a sense of self-confidence and positive body image, encouraging children to do better in school and in their community.




2016 WINNER: BREAKTHROUGH MIAMI, INC.



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Project: Growlight/Discover Design in South Florida

Growlight/Discover Design creates a summer innovations lab for Breakthrough Miami's motivated, socioeconomically diverse future leaders at FIU's Miami Beach Urban Studios. As part of the program, FIU graduate students will introduce technology, design, art, architecture and urbanism to thirty high school students. All in an effort to inspire these high school students to design a more vibrant and livable space here in Miami.




2015 WINNER: ROBOTICS FOR ALL, INC.


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Project: Bots for All

Bots For All (BfA) is a nonprofit founded in 2013 by Rob Gordon which partners with school districts and communities to form robotics clubs with the objective to impact over 10,000 kids by 2020. BfA will be the primary organization promoting STEM {Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics} after-school programs in Miami Dade over the next 3 years. This scale facilitates negotiation with suppliers and the creation of partnerships with universities and corporations. BfA's work develops Miami's native talent in an effort to attract technology employers and fosters "Miami born and bred" entrepreneurs. The $5,000 won in the PhilanthropyMiami competition was used to start 20 new robotics teams across Miami who competed at the eMerge Americas Conference in May.



2014 WINNER: DISABILITY INDEPENDENCE GROUP


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Project: The Wallet Card Project

Our first PhilanthropyMiami winner of was a partnership between Disability Independence Group and law enforcement called The Wallet Card Project. The wallet cards are distributed to individuals with epilepsy and other disabilities so that their interactions with law enforcement are positive. DIG President Debra Dietz recently shared that over 2,000 cards have been produced since The Wallet Card Project won the Shark Tank competition. In December 2015, the Miami-Dade Commission passed a resolution that requires all Miami-Dade County police and first responders to be trained on the project and DIG is launching a pilot project with Miami Dade County public schools to train their first 50 students on the project and how to recognize and utilize the cards.





CHAIRPERSONS


Hank Raattama

Partner
Akermann LLP
hank.raattama@akerman.com


Dr. Michael Rosenberg

Orthodontist
Michael N. Rosenberg,
DDS, MSD, FACD, PA
mnrbdr@hotmail.com



CHAIRPERSON EMERITUS


Teresa V-F Weintraub

Managing Director – Wealth Management
Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc.
teresa.weintraub@ml.com



COMMITTEE MEMBERS


Gil Bonwitt

CEO
Gazelles Social Initiatives
gbonwitt@nhflorida.com


Glenn Kaufhold

GKollaborative
glenn@gkollaborative.com



Cynthia L. Beamish

Executive Director, Planned Giving
University of Miami
cbeamish@miami.edu


Christopher Kraus

Foundation VP & COO
Baptist Health South Florida
christok@baptisthealth.net



Carla Crossno

CEO
Hatched
carla@hatchedmiami.com


Donald Kress

Senior Vice President of
Coral Gables Trust Company
donald.kress@att.net



Joseph H. Deary

Senior Director, Planned Giving
Miami Children's Health Foundation
joe.deary@mchf.org


Cheryl A. Lawko

Principal Gifts Officer
Jewish Community Services
of South Florida
clawko@gmail.com



Victoria Fear

Programs Manager
The Miami Foundation
vfear@miamifoundation.org


Richard Lehrman

Partner
Trust Legacy Law
richard@trustlegacylaw.com



Dania Gorriz

Vice President of Major Gifts
and Endowment
United Way of Miami-Dade
gorrizd@unitedwaymiami.org


Rachel Ramjattan, CFRE

President, Nonprofit Plus, LLC
rachel@ nonprofitplusteam.com



David Halpern

President
Exceptional Organizations
halpernconsult@ exceptionalorganizations.com


Steven Schwartz

Principal Advisor,
Philanthropic Visions
schwartzflorida@gmail.com



Lauren Harper

Founding Director,
Social Venture Partners Miami
lauren@svpmiami.org


Stephanie Sylvestre

Chief Programs Officer/Chief Information Officer
The Children’s Trust
stephanie.sylvestre@
thechildrenstrust.org



Michelle Huttenhoff

Community Foundations Program Associate
Knight Foundation
Huttenhoff@
knightfoundation.org


Eric Vainder

Managing Director
Northern Trust
Florida International University
ejv1@ntrs.com




Partnership for Philanthropic Planning Liaison

TBD


PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
Abbey Chase

CEO
Chase Marketing Group
achase@chasemiami.com