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Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Friends, Neighbors, and Donors,

The Key Biscayne Community Foundation was founded in 2004. We are in good standing as an IRC determined 501(C)3, public charity. As a community foundation, we manage donor funds under our charitable umbrella in addition to providing programming and advocacy for the local and greater community. Over the years we have helped residents of Key Biscayne realize their charitable goals through grant-making, fiscal sponsorship, scholarships, and programs that range from the environment to civics to health and wellness. Our three main programming tracks, include: 1) civics: Village of Empathy/ Village Engagement; 2) environment: the KB Citizen Scientist Project; and, 3) health and wellness: Healthy Living, Healthy Aging.

The Village of Empathy’s mission is to promote empathy in residents through a Sister City Initiative with Liberty City and Evidence-based Programming designed to develop kindness and stop bullying. The Village Engagement Academy encourages civic engagement. It helps residents understand the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in order to create current and future leaders that desire to make a positive impact in the local, greater, and global community.

The Key Biscayne Citizen Science Project started in 2011 as a small, part-time program to encourage environmental awareness among residents. It has since grown into a very large program, that involves community lectures, involvement with all six Key schools (including Mast Academy), and events and projects throughout the island. As environmental problems become more and more prevalent, the importance of environmental education and awareness has also grown more necessary.

Our Healthy Living, Healthy Aging programming seeks to improve the quality of life for all residents, especially seniors on the Key, providing physical evidence-based programming and opportunities for social interaction. The aim is to enhance the quality not just the quantity of life. Healthy Aging endeavors to create a community of older adults that are happy and healthy, and to cut down on illness and assisted living.

This highlights some of the work that KBCF has done for Key Biscayne and its residents. Our goal is to create a better, kinder, and more sustainable society. With the support & continued efforts by our community, partners, and friends, we hope to continue our work far into the future.

Thank you,

Melissa McCaughan White
Executive Director