The Miami Foundation announced a round of grants to five organizations Friday. The grants were part of the foundation's 50th anniversary celebration. It's investing $1 million over the course of the year to various organizations.
Xavier de Souza Briggs works with the Ford Foundation to promote economic fairness. He was the featured guest at the Miami Foundation's breakfast on Friday. He said Miami is diverse, but not necessarily inclusive.
"Inclusion requires more than coexisting. It’s about respect, fairness, acts of opportunity generation," he said.
Miami Foundation President and CEO Javier Alberto Soto announced grant recipients during the event. They include Breakthrough Miami, Carrfour Supportive Housing, Overtown Youth Center, Voices for Children and Grameen America.
Tina Brown is the Overtown Youth Center’s executive director. She said the Miami Foundation grant will help to expand the center's programs to Little Haiti.
"We’re super excited about the fact that we’ll be able to impact so many more lives — predominantly students who are of Haitian descent and who are of Hispanic descent," she said.
Overtown Youth Center focuses on youth development through academic and recreational programs. It received $50,000.