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Leesfield & Partners and the Leesfield Family Foundation continue to support Give Miami Day and The Melissa Institute

Early Giving is now OPEN!
Join the giving club early. You can donate funds or time now through Give Miami Day!

Give Miami Day, the annual philanthropic event that serves as a pivotal platform for charitable giving and community engagement in Miami, Florida, is NOW!

During the 24-hour giving extravaganza, donors can explore a diverse range of charitable initiatives, spanning education, healthcare, arts, and environmental causes, among others. One of those causes that is very dear to the heart of our founder Ira Leesfield is The Melissa Institute. The event’s purpose is to cultivate a culture of generosity, civic responsibility, and collective impact within the Miami community.

Join The Melissa Institute giving club early!
Now through Thursday at 11:59 p.m., you can make a gift to help build a stronger, safer, and healthier Greater Miami.
Donations between $25 and $10,000 qualify for bonus gifts, so don’t wait … Show up for our children, families, and communities.
Donate now using this link:

The Melissa Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the field of violence prevention and fostering safer communities. Established in memory of Melissa Aptman, a victim of violent crime, the institute operates with a commitment to understanding, addressing, and ultimately preventing various forms of violence. Through a combination of research, education, and community outreach, the Melissa Institute plays a vital role in shaping strategies that promote the well-being of individuals and communities.


The Melissa Institute recognizes that violence, whether interpersonal, youth-related, or domestic, has profound and far-reaching impacts on individuals and communities. Through research initiatives, the organization aims to deepen the understanding of the factors contributing to violence and identify innovative interventions.

Education is a key component, as the institute works to disseminate knowledge and best practices to professionals, educators, and the general public. Community engagement is integral to the mission, as the institute strives to build partnerships that empower communities to actively participate in violence prevention efforts. The impact of the Melissa Institute extends beyond academic research and reaches into the fabric of society. Through educational programs and community outreach, the institute fosters a collective commitment to creating safer environments. The ultimate goal is to mitigate the impact of violence, enhance community resilience, and contribute to a world where individuals can live free from the threat of harm. The Melissa Institute stands as a beacon of hope, advocating for positive change and working towards a future where violence is not only understood but actively prevented.

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