Miami's Philanthropy Festival Is A Fun Way To Learn About Nonprofit Life, Work

Apr 5, 2013

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The second annual PhilanthroFest kicks off Saturday at noon in downtown Miami. The event is like speed-dating for volunteers, donors, nonprofits and the people who may need them.

More than 100 organizations are participating in the event that runs from noon until 6:30 p.m. at Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, at 300 NE Second Ave.

PhilanthroFest co-founder Estrellita Sibila says the festival is helpful for local nonprofits, which sometimes have to compete with organizations from out-of-town.

"A lot of folks give in locations outside of Miami,” Sibila said. “Whether it be countries where their families are from or if they originally came from New York maybe they're giving money back in New York and not necessarily in Miami because they feel that this is not necessarily their home."

Another goal for PhilanthroFest is to change the way people think about giving back to their community or as Sibila says, to change the image of a philanthropist.

"Automatically what we're kind of trained to think of is someone who is retired, who has silver hair and has a lot of money,”  Sibila said. “What we're trying to do is instill in everyone at any age that if they have time or talent or treasure to give, that's being a philanthropist."

That’s the philanthropy part of PhilanthroFest. The festival portion includes live music, dance performances, children’s activities and food trucks.