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Success G i v ing BRIGHTER FUTURE Anyone can be a philanthropist. The key to making a significant contribution to your community is finding a cause that’s meaningful to you. Once you’ve identified the cause that really matters to you, the next step is figuring out how to leave a mark. You can do this by volunteering your time, your treasure or your talent. It doesn’t take much to have a big impact or inspire others. For instance, over 19,000 people made donations of $25 or more during last year’s Give Miami Day, The Miami Foundation’s annual 24-hour online giving event. Thanks to their generosity, more than $7.1 million was raised for 604 different Miami nonprofit organizations. You can also use the power of your network to maximize your impact. For example, the South Florida chapters of 100+ Women Who Care get together every quarter to pick a worthy local organization to receive their combined donations. By pooling their resources, members know that they’re part of a collective effort to make their communities better places. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Rebecca Mandelman is VP for Strategy & Engagement at The Miami Foundation where she directs development efforts, manages internal and external engagement initiatives and helps guide public affairs and communications; MiamiFoundation.org. › 50 COMMUNITY BUILDING For 49 years, The Miami Foundation has combined philanthropic expertise with deep community knowledge to collectively make a greater impact than any single person could make alone. Here are some ways to partner with them. TEX T BY ESTRELLITA S. SIBIL A DONOR-ADVISED FUNDS A donor-advised fund is perfect for any individual or group that wants to establish a philanthropic legacy without the hassle of starting a private foundation. The Miami Foundation takes care of the administrative burdens so you can devote your energy to the cause you really care about; MiamiFoundation.org. GIVE MIAMI DAY In addition to donating to individual orgs, you can also become a Give Miami Day Bonus Pool Partner to yield an additional percentage on top of every donation made on Give Miami Day; GiveMiamiDay.org. NONPROFIT CENTRAL Learn more about the many worthy nonprofit organizations in South Florida and select the ones you want to support by visiting Nonprofit Central, a database featuring over 600 Miami nonprofits; MiamiFoundation.org.