Thanksgiving is next Thursday, but before Miamians give thanks at the dinner table, they’ve got a chance to give money to local nonprofits and charity organizations. The Miami Foundation’s Give Miami Day returns this Thursday, November 15, and it’s the best opportunity for locals to support the organizations doing hands-on work to improve daily life in our city.
Nonprofits benefiting causes having to do with animals, affordable housing, education, and beyond are participating this year. In addition to accepting individual contributions, the Miami Foundation is awarding prizes to incentivize gift-giving during the 24-hour donation period. For example, the foundation will donate $1,000 to the organization that receives the most unique gifts during midnight to 1 a.m. on Thursday and $1,000 to the organization that receives the 31,821st gift, in celebration of surpassing last year’s 31,820 total donations.
Last year, more than 20,000 people raised just over $10 million for 700 local nonprofits. So get your wallets ready to support the organizations doing the hard work within our community. Here’s our roundup of the best arts and cultural organizations you can support on Give Miami Day.
6. AIRIE. When you think of art exhibits, do you think of stuffy galleries filled with condescending, snobby types? A Sunday in Everglades National Park with AIRIE, or Artists in Residence in Everglades, will make you reconsider. AIRIE aims to get the local community out into the Everglades to engage with resident artists creating through the mediums or painting, sculpting, performance art, and beyond. Upcoming projects include a curator tour of AIRIE fellow and sculptor Robert Chambers’ Serepens: Serenoa repens exhibition followed by an original dance performance by Dale Andree, choreographer and founder of National Water Dance. Donate to AIRIE here.