Javier Alberto Soto Leads Growth Of Miami Foundation As It Aims To Convene Diverse Voices To Dig Into Community Issues
As a long-time Miami resident, Javier Alberto Soto welcomed the opportunity to give back to his community as head of the Miami Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to connecting philanthropic ventures with community needs.
The foundation, formerly named Dade Community Foundation, was founded in 1967 to help people create custom charitable funds by offering grants, handling administrative responsibilities and pairing fund holders with nonprofits.
"Think of it as match.com for philanthropists," Mr. Soto said.
To date, the foundation boasts about 600 philanthropic funds, impacting sectors such as children’s affairs, education and veteran services.
Since taking the helm in 2009, said Mr. Soto, a former attorney and chief of staff for former Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas, he has worked to continue the legacy of long-time foundation head Ruth Shack.
In an interview with Miami Today reporter Ashley D. Torres, Mr. Soto discussed the importance of the Miami-Dade nonprofit sector, the strength of community partnerships and the foundation’s future goals to promote civic engagement, broaden its donor base and expand its community impact.