Finally, some rankings Miami can brag about

I’m the first one to discredit ‘top 10’ lists. Maybe it’s because Miami, my hometown, is a perennial fixture atop rankings of the ‘most dangerous,’ ‘most expensive,’ and ‘most superficial’ cities.

Finally, there’s a list that Miamians can take some pride in: The Chronicle of Philanthropy has released its annual Philanthropy “Top 50” and the Magic City is well represented.

In fact, Miami was home to 2 of the 3 largest donations benefitting cultural institutions in 2011 (The Frost’s $35 million gift to Miami Science Museum and developer Jorge M. Perez’s $30 million pledge to Miami Art Museum). This support is making possible the construction of two world class museums in our downtown (see below rendering) — and will ideally inspire others to give.

Equally as uplifting as these monumental gifts is another philanthropic initiative now underway in South Florida. Power2Give is a national program that allows donors to support a nonprofit cultural institution via donations valued at $1 and up. The project was launched in December by the Miami-Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs, with support from the Knight Foundation.

There are already signs that Power2Give will be successful: several initiatives introduced in December have been fully funded (the Adrienne Arsht Center‘s Gospel talent search, for example), and new giving options are being introduced everyday.

Take a look at the site and drop a few bucks when you have the time. It’s addicting. Before you know it, you may just earn a spot in next year’s Philanthropy 50.