About The Foundation
About the Coral Gables Community Foundation
Established in September 1991 by community leaders, The Coral Gables Community Foundation, through its discretionary, donor-advised, and scholarship funds have helped the youth, elderly, and disabled, and have provided dental care for needy children, sponsored cultural activities, awarded academic, dance, and music scholarships, and offered seminars to educate the public on important health, finance, and estate-planning issues.
A nonprofit §501(c)(3) organization, the mission of The Coral Gables Community Foundation is to foster program and initiatives that enhance the quality of life for people living and working in “The City Beautiful” Coral Gables.
Your support and donations represent a sound investment in your community. We hope you will participate and experience the power and impact of creative philanthropy. Foundation Friends receive our newsletter and invitations to all events.
Coral Gables Art Cinema
Cinemateque’s “Coral Gables Art Cinema“ ( a 144-seat art cinema on the ground floor of the Coral Gables Museum parking garage building) was made possible by a matching funds donation from Harry and Mary Perrin Fund (administered by The Foundation) to the City. The cinema space is also available for rent for private events.
Modeled on the Beacon Hill Village, CoralGables@HOME ran for two years but is no longer offering member services. The program officially ended on May 6, 2011.
[The program was started through the generous sponsorship of Kirk Landon.]
Coral Gables Museum
The Foundation served as the incubator for this exciting initiative. The beautiful old Police and Fire Station on Salzedo became the site of a museum, art gallery, and lecture hall that has become a popular community gathering place. Free live music is frequently offered on the patio along Salzedo Avenue.
The winner of grant money from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s nationwide “Community Information Challenge”, GablesHomePage.com is a joint venture with the University of Miami School of Communication to create a reliable, hyper-local news and information exchange fueled primarily by Gables residents age 50 and over, but serving the entire community through a democratic, web-based platform.
Greening of the Gables
In an effort to replace many of the trees lost in hurricane season, The Foundation started the Greening of the Gables initiative. Proceeds from three years of Greening of the Gables Galas significantly restored the decimated tree canopy and extended into improving the beauty of the Gables business district through the planning of beautiful oaks and palms along the bare 200-300 blocks of Alhambra Circle.
A private/public initiative, PARKnership has been successful in creating new parks, enhancing existing ones, and restoring historic fountains in “The City Beautiful” for the enjoyment of residents today and for future generations. They are currently partnering with the Save The Alhambra Water Tower effort.