-Fund will continue advancement of the Marlinsâ€™ charitable mission in Greater Miami-
The Marlins Foundation, the charitable arm of the Miami Marlins Major League Baseball franchise, has selected The Miami Foundation to manage its charitable fund. The Marlins Foundation leads the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mission of the team and funds programs that improve the lives of children through education, the arts and baseball. Since the approval of Marlins Park, the Marlins Foundation has invested over $5 million toward local nonprofits, school initiatives, scholarships, youth baseball programming and neighborhood organizations.
â€œAs supporters of the Marlins Foundationâ€™s efforts, we are intimately familiar with their community service and outreach work, making this partnership a natural evolution in our relationship,â€ said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. â€œNow, we can apply our expertise in stewarding charitable assets and our insight into Miamiâ€™s community needs to maximize the impact of the Marlins Foundationâ€™s philanthropy.â€
Last October, The Miami Foundation released the 2014 Our Miami Report, a biennial, data-focused, quality of life research study showing Miamiâ€™s most pressing community challenges and opportunities. The Miami Foundation will use those findings to assist The Marlins Foundation in identifying programs that align with the Marlinsâ€™ charitable mission and address the needs identified by the Our Miami Report.
The Marlins Foundation has a history of working with The Miami Foundation as a charitable partner. Most recently, the Marlins participated in Give Miami Day 2014, by serving as host site for the 24-hour fundraising event and sponsoring the $25,000 prize pool for participating charities. Give Miami Day 2014 raised a record $5.2 million for 520 nonprofits in Greater Miami.
â€œThe Miami Foundation understands our commitment to philanthropy and service,â€ said David Samson, chairman of the Marlins Foundation. â€œHaving The Miami Foundation manage our fund generates a unique collaboration that allows the Marlins to continue to invest in local charities as well as work effectively alongside other philanthropists to make an impact in the lives of our Miami neighbors.â€