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Spotlight Miami

Envisioning a community with a vibrant culture of philanthropy that maximizes the work of emergent charitable organizations.

Spotlight Miami is a giving circle comprised of women with a common goal: to 'Shine a Light’ on the efforts of non-profit organizations who make a positive and profound impact in Miami-Dade County.

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I want to Shine a Light!

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Spotlighter:


Your pledge is pooled with other Spotlight Miami donations to award grants each year, accomplishing true impact giving in our city.

100% GIVE

Every dollar pledged is given in grants each year to local non-profits doing important work. No overhead.


Shine a light on ministries and charities who serve those in need, yet may not be in the spotlight.


Opportunity to meet with directors or attend site visits if you are interested  – no matter what, your opinion counts all the time.


Spotlight Miami awards transformational grants that will significantly impact Miami.

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How it works

  • Each Spotlight Miami member contributes $1,000 or more annually, in October.

  • Charities are invited to submit grant applications the following January.

  • Spotlight committees review the applications, vet the charities, conduct site visits, and select a group of finalists for grant consideration.

  • Spotlight Miami members vote on the finalists presented by the committee in March.

  • Grants are awarded to selected organizations; time for a celebration!

  • Grants are tracked for success; lives are changed - Impact illuminated!

Spotlight Miami is powered by NCF (National Christian Foundation) and follows the NCF multiple donor fund guidelines.

Our Founding      Co-Chairs

Bonnie Crabtree and Barbra Harley are the founding co-chairs of Spotlight Miami. With a vision of shining a light on charitable efforts throughout Miami-Dade County, Bonnie and Barbra grew Spotlight’s membership base from its humble beginnings of 20 members during the organization’s 2019 inaugural year to 51 members today. With their dedication and guidance, Spotlight granted $42,000 to five charities in 2020; $47,700 to four charities in 2021; and in 2022, $56,000 to six charities, with a total philanthropic impact of $145,700. 

Spotlight Miami’s Board and its Members would like to thank Bonnie and Barbra for their passion and ongoing dedication to volunteerism that has been of tremendous service to improving the 305.

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Upcoming Events

  • Spolight Miami Annual Luncheon
    Spolight Miami Annual Luncheon
    Thu, Oct 17
    Thesis Hotel
    Oct 17, 2024, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
    Thesis Hotel, 1350 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146, USA
    Oct 17, 2024, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
    Thesis Hotel, 1350 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL 33146, USA


Impact illuminated.

The organizations below received grants from Spotlight Miami's first two giving cycles, in 2020 and 2021. We invite you to take a moment to learn more about the good work these organizations are doing for our Miami community.

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Girl Power Rocks

Girl Power programs focus on empowering girls in every aspect of their lives: school, home life, relationships and emotional well-being. Girl Power aims to prevent/reduce truancy, academic failure and school suspension among middle school girls as well as prevent/reduce the number of middle school girls entering into the juvenile justice system. Girl Power is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit prevention and intervention social change program that promotes positive behavior, enhances social skills and improves academic performance in at-promise girls ages 11 - 17.

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"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does"

William James

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Shine a Light in the Miami Community

We rely on support from people like you to create sustainable change in the Miami-Dade county area. The financial support we receive will support emergent charities that are making a huge impact in our community. 100% of the funds benefit grant finalists.

One-Time Donation

Shine a Light

Want to make a positive impact in the Miami-Dade community? It really is as simple as making a donation. No amount  is too small or too large!

Become a Member

Impact illuminated

Join Spotlight Miami as a member to pool your donations for true impact giving in our community by contributing $1,000 or more. 100% of funds benefit grant finalists.

Spotlight Miami Membership

We are a group of socially-minded women with a deep desire to help our community, and we would love for you to join us! We bring women together for a few fun and meaningful gatherings each year where we can enjoy each other’s company, hear interesting presentations, and support the decision process for final grantee selections. The contribution is tax deductible and non-refundable. Your Spotlight Miami membership becomes effective upon receipt of your first membership contribution.

Donor Advised Fund

​​If you have an NCF Giving Fund, it’s easy to make a transfer directly from your Giving Fund!

  • Sign in to your Giving Fund and click on the “Transfer” menu option.

  • Enter the full fund name, “The Spotlight Miami Fund” and then proceed to complete the rest of the form.

  • Click “Request Transfer” to submit the form.

  • If you need assistance making a transfer, logging in to your fund, or would like more information about NCF Giving Funds, please contact  

Credt card or e-Check

Online gifts to Spotlight Miami are possible thanks to our strategic partner, NCF South Florida. To give online with a credit card or e-check, you will be redirected to a secure giving platform, hosted by NCF South Florida. If you choose to make your grant with a credit card, you can choose to make an annual gift of $1,000 or more (credit card transaction fees apply). Click the “Give Here” button below to make your contribution.

Physical Check

Contributions can also be made with a physical check - checks should be made payable to: National Christian Foundation SF/Spotlight Miami, c/o Jessica Lancaster. Please mail your check to: 

Spotlight Miami

2334 Ponce de Leon, Suite 230

Coral Gables, FL 33134


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