Miami’s tourism-based economy has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic this year, but no community has suffered more than the arts and music sector. While restaurants and bars have repeatedly closed and reopened (albeit controversially), cultural spaces, which inherently lend themselves to mass gatherings, have largely remained shuttered or been forced to pivot to virtual operations.
With coronavirus cases surging once again, there could not be a better time for the return of Give Miami Day, the annual, one-day drive for donations and financial support for local charities and nonprofit organizations. This year’s official day of giving is Thursday, November 19, but owing to the urgent need created by the pandemic, the Miami Foundation opened up donations early, on Monday, November 16.
Since 2012, Give Miami Day has raised more than $61 million for local organizations. In addition to donations from Miami locals, participating organizations have the chance to boost their earnings through sponsored bonus prizes and Power Hours, which spotlight specific community issues and the work that local organizations are doing in those areas. This year, the Miami Foundation has added Power Hours for Black- and LGBTQ-led charities and nonprofits working to strengthen their respective communities.