Need is up and charitable giving is down as the COVID-19 crisis continues longer than anyone anticipated. In 2019, Americans donated almost $450 billion to charity — the second-highest annual amount in U.S. history. Then, just a few months later, Gallup reported a new 21st Century low in giving. What can we do to help? Feeding South Florida distributed in 2020 over twice what it did in 2019. While donations flowed in at the beginning of lockdown orders, they’ve trickled down as the pandemic continues, yet there are still many in line each week (FeedingSouthFlorida.org). Or you can give grocery cards to those in need directly. United Way has a special Miami Pandemic Relief Fund (UnitedWayMiami.org). Miami Diaper Bank accepts both monetary and diaper donations for low income and homeless children (MiamiDiaperBank.com). Is Art Philanthropy more your speed? Purchase a museum membership, buy tickets to virtual performances or donate your COVID-cancelled tickets back to the organization. You can also take an online dance class or art workshop, or you can buy or commission art. Your fiscal generosity could be as simple as continuing to tip extra next time you eat out to make up for the restaurant staff’s lost income last year. As we look toward a brighter future, 2021 is poised to be the year we all collectively think outside the traditional donation box.
It’s easy to get confused when travel takes you to different time zones, making Brietling’s new Chronomat Automatic GMT 40 a worthy time-keeping tool for globetrotters.
Local and international Ibero-American filmmakers will once again be bringing extraordinary cinema to the 5th Anniversary IAFFM, which highlights 2023 guest country Argentina. It is 5 exciting days of screenings, forums and much more.