South Florida Progress Foundation

Originally conceived in 1968 by members of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce “to conduct projects, programs and studies deemed to be in the interest of providing the best possible urban environment for all citizens,” the South Florida Progress Foundation evolved to be proactive in addressing issues considered paramount to the area’s progress and performance as the largest Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the nation’s third largest state. In pursuit of that mission, it seeks also to build Greater Miami’s reputation as a gateway for international trade and commerce.
For more than four decades, the Foundation has funded programming for projects as wide ranging as improving race relations, cooperation among local higher education institutions, hurricane recovery, the immersion of future leaders in South Florida topical issues, and intervention programs for at-risk youth. Along the way, it seeks to identify the high-paying jobs of the future and the corresponding educational preparation needed for career entry into these fields.
The Foundation’s core mission is to use its relationship with South Florida professionals, entrepreneurs and civic leaders to identify top issues, set priorities, and then develop solutions through programmatic activity, all funded by member donations, endowments and grants. The South Florida marketplace is often referred to as a laboratory for sociological trends for the country. Combined with a unique, sub-tropical environment and the world’s only Everglades, the area offers the opportunity for investment in cutting edge social, urban, cultural, and future trend issues.
Make a foundation contribution or establish an endowment in your name that will leave a legacy that is synonymous with the results-driven civic leadership associated with Miami and South Florida:
  • Contribute to finding solutions to South Florida quality of life concerns, i.e., education, transportation, healthcare, creative industries or environmental issues
  • Endow Leadership Miami®, Youth Leadership Miami or underwrite minority participation in these legacy programs
  • Establish a scholarship in your name, as was done by Jeanne Bellamy, the first female chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce
For more information contact Liane Ventura, Executive Director of the South Florida Progress Foundation, at 305-577-5445.
Felipe Basulto
TD Bank
Vice Chairman
Carlos Orta
Carnival Corporation & plc
Albert Lopez
Christie D. Grays
Baptist Health South Florida
Ashaki Bronson-Marcellus
Keith Fletcher
City Year
Art Noriega
Miami Parking Authority
William C. Diaz-Rousselot, Esq.
Kurkin Brandis, LLP
Anne Freedman
National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)
Barry E. Johnson
Executive Director
Liane Ventura
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce


The South Florida Progress Foundation is a 501 (c) 3. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent provided for by law. The federal tax identification number is 59-6216592. The corporation is registered in Florida as 714837.
Donations may be made online --OR-- by check payable to:
South Florida Progress Foundation
1601 Biscayne Boulevard, Ballroom Level
Miami, FL 33132-1260