BrazilFoundation Second Annual Gala
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
3251 South Miami Avenue, Miami
BrazilFoundation, a nonprofit organization that raises funds to support social projects in Brazil, will hold its second annual gala in Miami on March 26, 2013 at the Vizcaya Museum & Gardens. Sponsored by Graff Diamonds, Crédit Agricole and Carla Amorim, the evening will honor influential social investors and bring together over 400 leaders from the worlds of business, diplomacy, academia, fashion and art to generate resources for the community-led initiatives funded by the BrazilFoundation.
Television and radio host Pedro Andrade will act as the evening’s master of ceremonies. Rising international star Naldo, who recently toured with Fat Joe in Brazil, will be making his official U.S. debut with a live musical performance at the charity gala.
Beautiful models will showcase Graff Diamonds throughout the evening, and select designs from Brazilian jewelry designer Carla Amorim will be available for auction.
Additional notables expected to be in attendance in support of BrazilFoundation include: Brazilian models Raica Oliveira, Natalia Beber and Luciana Curtis; DJ Orazio Rispo; Miss Brazil 2008 Natália Anderle; Karim Masri; BrazilFoundation Honorary Chair Ambassador Hélio Vitor Ramos Filho of the Consul General of Brazil in Miami and Co-Chairs Daniela Fonseca and Maria Carolina Tavares de Melo.
Tickets are available for purchase at www.brazilfoundation.org.
BrazilFoundation’s work attempts to mitigate many of the injustices and inequalities present in Brazilian society. Furthermore, it underscores the need for Brazil’s economic growth and global prominence to also encompass a deep sense of responsibility for its natural resources and the development of its people. Since its founding in 2000 by Leona Forman, the Foundation has been committed to “generating resources for programs that invest in the social reality of Brazil,” and toward that end, it has supported over 340 NGOs from across the country by raising over $18 million.
The Foundation has an investment strategy that awards grants to small-scale social projects carried out by nongovernmental organizations, where the potential impact of the investment can be transformative for the organization. Specifically, it supports social projects that fall under five thematic areas: education, participatory development, health, culture and human rights. Every year, the Foundation issues a Call for Proposals soliciting project proposals from NGOs across Brazil. The grantees receive approximately $20,000 per year for either one or two years. In addition to financial support, the Foundation offers training workshops to two leaders from each funded project to develop the tools and skills required to ensure the effectiveness of their projects and the longevity of their organization. The workshops focus on legal assistance, strategic planning, management, fundraising and sustainability, networking, and communications. Fundraising Activities
In addition to fundraising throughout the year, the Foundation holds an annual gala in New York City. 2013 will mark the 11th annual gala. Last year was the first installment of the Miami Annual Gala. Nearly 500 people gather at these events— which are attended by distinguished individuals from the worlds of business, media, academia, and diplomacy—to celebrate the accomplishments of the grantees funded by the Foundation. Both the New York and Miami Gala represent important sources of revenue for the grant-making activities described above. While BrazilFoundation’s fundraising activities have taken place in the United States since 2000, this year marks the first annual BrazilFoundation Gala in Australia, signaling not only the expansion of the Foundation’s activities, but also the increasing worldwide concern for social issues in Brazil.
Donor Advised Giving
To bring the donor into closer contact with the beneficiaries, BrazilFoundation offers a donor advised service. The Foundation offers a catalog of organizations with successful track records (most of whom are former grantees) from which investors can choose. Investors have the option of either offering general institutional support or project support. BrazilFoundation staff monitors and evaluates the progress of each grantee vis-à-vis defined work plans that measure both results and impact.