Foundation for New Education Initiatives, Inc. seeks to enhance student achievement and community engagement in support of The Parent Academy and other educational initiatives of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Public education is a public/private enterprise. It can succeed only with involvement and resources from all sectors of the economy and all segments of society.  Our vision is to become a thriving Foundation capable of supporting all of Miami-Dade County Public Schools' strategic priorities

Why we contribute:  We believe that a good quality public education empoweres children in excell and attain their dreams.  The encouragement to strive past their current circumstances releases them from obstacles that could have been overwhelming. 

Why we contribute: As University of Miami alumni we are actively involved in the following:

Alumni Association

Rick has a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Budgets and Cash Flow Analysis and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA), Margarita has a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA).  Rick and Margarita were Alumni Marshalls at the 2012 Commencement.  Rick and Margarita are members of the Founders, Ibis, Heritage, Loyalty, and MacLamore Societies.

School of Business

  • Sanford L. Ziff Graduate Career Services Center.  When Rick and Margarita graduated with their masters’ degrees in the mid 1980’s there was no job placement center.  We spent several years trying to find the right career.   Now this graduate career service center, under the outstanding leadership of Mary Young, places 95% of the graduates in significant jobs.  We made a major gift to the center and the interview conference room is named after Rick.

  • Entrepreneurship Programs Advisory Board. When Rick attended college in the 1970’s to be an entrepreneur it was considered the “wrong” career choice.  Back then the “right” career path was to work for a large multinational corporation.  Now the business schools make a high priority of developing entrepreneurs.  What was on the fringe is now the most desirable choice.  Rick has been a board member since 2010 and has mentored several students. 

 The Frost School of Music

The Festival Miami has showcased students, faculty and world class performers for over 30 years.  This connects the community with the Frost School of Music.  We have been sponsors for 8 consecutive years and enjoyed the diversity of the concerts.   Rick and Margarita were board members of the Friends of Music for several years.  It was a support group that provided scholarships to music students.

Citizens Board

Rick has been a member since 2009 and consistently contributes to the special projects fund.  He has provided an internship for a high school student at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics.  In addition, we provided computers for the Miller School of Medicine Project Medishare work in catastrophic relief efforts.

College of Arts & Sciences

The Jerry Herman Ring Theater:  We have been a long time sponsors of the Ring Theater.  The student presentations are outstanding.  We were the title sponsor to the tribute to the Jerry Herman 75th season event.

As Miami's first and only public research university, offering bachelor’s, master's, and doctoral degrees, FIU is worlds ahead in its service to the academic and local community.  Designated as a top-tier research institution, FIU emphasizes research as a major component in the university's mission.

Why we contribute:  Rick, Margarita and Steven have taken classes at FIU.  Rick is the chairman of the College of Communication, Architecture  and the Arts (CARTA).  One of their major projects is to reopen the Coconut Grove Playhouse.  Rick and Margarita have provided scholarships to students in the department of Interior Architecture.  They have made a major gift to the Theater Department and the Theater Lobby is named after Rick and Margarita.

The Caroling Competition has become an eagerly awaited holiday tradition in the City of Coral Gables. It began in 1987 when the 550 Building first presented the City with the spectacular poinsettia tree. It’s become a special way of celebrating the holidays, continuing the tradition of the festive sound of children, caroling in front of the holiday tree. The Competition always begins the Wednesday after Thanksgiving and continues through Sunday, with the Award Show held always on the following Tuesday. The Competition is non-sectarian and presents the music of the season regardless of its origins.

Why we contribute:  Rick sang baritone in his high school choir and he sang in the Penn State glee club.  For the past 30 years, the Caroling Competition starts the Christmas season in Coral Gables.  This four night event is free to the community.  The half hour performances of 5 choirs each night is very uplifting.

The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is a leading-edge science museum dedicated to sharing the power of science, sparking wonder and investigation and fueling innovation for the future. Located in downtown Miami’s waterfront Museum Park, the museum incorporates a state-of-the-art planetarium, dazzling exhibitions on living ecosystems, the miraculous human body, outer space, the frontiers of technology, and unlike most science centers, a vast aquarium complex. Frost Science is also dedicated to education, earning national awards for our summer camps and after-school programs. Formerly the Miami Science Museum in Coconut Grove, Frost Science has a new downtown Miami location, and will open in spring 2017.   Frost Science inspires and connects people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy science and technology, and to better understand ourselves and our world.

Why we contribute:  To learn where we are in the world and the universe takes us out of our day to day routine for survival. We need to reach for the stars and depths of the oceans to discover and learn to respect and appreciate it.


Helping kids grow up safe, healthy and drug free.  Informed Families communicates its mission by providing community connections and educational materials for students, parents and educators. 

Why we contribute:  We believe that children should develop to their potential –physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  Substance abuse prevents that from occurring.  To educate children and make them aware of the dangers around them gives them the tools to protect them.