Miami, FL - The Marlins Foundation is requesting proposals for the 2014 Charity Partner Empowerment Fund. To be considered as a 2014 Marlins Charity Partner, organizations must provide direct and unique programming for youth through education, arts and baseball related programming, more specifically by providing unique experiences for kids in schools, parks and on the water.

"During the first two years at Marlins Park, the Marlins Foundation invested over $1.9 million in philanthropy in South Florida. In addition, over 14,000 hours of volunteer service was completed through Marlins Ayudan.   To continue our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, and in recognition of the vital role non-profits play in South Florida, the Marlins Foundation will select four 2014 Charity Partners to empower with a $25,000 donation and season long benefits." said Miami Marlins President, David Samson. "Additional benefits include volunteers from Marlins Ayudan, recognition throughout the season at Marlins Park, exposure with media partners and player involvement." concluded Samson.

In addition to the $100,000 Charity Partner Empowerment Fund, the Marlins Foundation will continue to support South Florida charities, schools and neighborhood organizations throughout the year with other programs and fundraising initiatives.

Timeline for Marlins Charity Partner Empowerment Fund

  • Pre-proposal live (online): Friday, January 10, 2014.
  • Pre-proposal due (online): Friday, January 31, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Notification and invitation to full-proposal: Friday, February 21, 2014.
  • Announcement of 2014 Charity Partners: Opening Night @ Marlins Park, Monday, March 31, 2014. 

For information on how to apply, please visit marlins.com/empowermentfund

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About the Marlins Charity Partner Empowerment Fund

As the Marlins Foundation's signature program for awarding gifts to non-profits, the Charity Partner Empowerment Fund empowers innovative organizations that are impacting our local community through their work in education, arts and baseball. Established in 1999, The Marlins Foundation supports the Charity Partners of the Miami Marlins through philanthropy and service. The Foundation is committed to improving the lives of our youth through education, the arts and baseball, with a special focus on children with special needs. The Foundation community partnerships and outreach efforts demonstrate the Marlins' leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility and civic engagement.

2013 Marlins Charity Partners include: Breakthrough Miami, Miami Children's Museum, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired and the Miracle League of Miami Dade.

2012 Marlins Charity Partners include: Boys & Girls Club of Miami, City Year Miami, Miracle League of Miami Dade, Shake-a-Leg Miami and Teach for America-Miami Dade.