Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Donors,
This island is transforming. Each year our residents give more of their time, talent, and treasure to make a positive difference not only in the local Key Biscayne community, but also in the greater and global community. This island possesses a wealth of natural beauty, as well as a profound generosity of its residents. It is with great pride that we are able to share with you the Foundation’s accomplishments for 2015.
The Village of Empathy program, which includes an academy for civic engagement, a sister city initiative with Liberty City, and evidence-based programming designed to develop empathy and stop bullying, continued to grow and develop during this year. Through the Village of Empathy, a partnership with the Miami Children’s Initiative expanded, giving our residents the opportunity to use their time and talent. For example, KB resident Pat Molinari created a Food Co-Op that directly benefits the residents of Liberty City.
2015 also marked a tremendously successful third year for the Key Biscayne’s Citizen Scientist Project- a program that informs, engages, and educates residents about our natural resources to promote stewardship and conservation of our island paradise. The growth of our lecture series for Citizen Scientist have been greatly successful, coupled with the launch of a great first year of our Key Challenge and Summer Challenge competitions.
We celebrated the expansion of Key to Giving, a matching program that allows individuals in our community to double their donations to twelve nonprofits that are making a difference throughout Greater Miami in the areas of: youth education, healthy futures, and economic opportunities. To date, the Foundation has matched over $210,000 in charitable donations.
We owe these successes to friends, neighbors, partners, and, especially, our donors. We are thankful to have accomplished so much with your help.
Melissa McCaughan White