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When you think Philanthropy in Broward County, one of the first names that comes to mind is Ginny Miller. Well known for tireless efforts on behalf or the community, Ginny is the epitome of service and giving back to the community. Her husband Tom established Miller Construction in 1983 and has built a solid business mostly due to their reputation for quality and integrity. Ginny has been tireless in her dedication and enthusiasm to get things done in this community. She leads by example and her passion has accomplished impossible. Many lives have been touched by her philanthropy and strength.

AWARDS:

  • NSU Mailman Segal Institute 2005 Champions for Children Award Recipient.
  • 2005 - "Kate Platt Child Advocate of the Year"
  • Florida Trend Magazine - October, 2004 - Named as one of the "174 Most Influential Floridians"
  • 2003 - Sun-Sentinel "Publisher's Community Service Award" Recipient
  • Named in Gold Coast Magazine - as one of "The Women Who Run this Town" - October, 2003
  • Named with "The Ten Most Influential Business People in Broward County" by The Herald - December, 2003 (Tom & I were the only couple named)
  • 2003 - Recipient of the Susan B. Anthony Annual Gala "Community Activist Award".
  • 2003 Woman of the Year/Corporate Communications - Atlantic-Florida Assoc. for Women in communications.
  • "Community Leader of the Year" - 2002 - Vanguard Chronicle
  • Boca magazine - "50 Successful Women in Broward & Palm Beach counties- 2002"
  • Emerald Society of Broward County "Humanitarian of the Year" - 2002
  • Leadership Broward "Fun Lunch" Honoree - Women in Education - 2002
  • Greater fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce - 2000 HALL OF FAME Award Recipient.
  • State Finalist - Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year - 2000
  • Community Leadership Award - Broward Grandparents - May 31, 2000
  • "Mother of Millennium"- 2000 from Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies
  • 1999 WINTERFEST "Belle of the Ball"
  • Arthritis Foundation, Broward Branch - Citizen Leader of the Year Award - 1999.
  • ARTSERVE - Encore Award - 1999
  • Positive Images of Broward County, Inc. - 1999 Award Recipient
  • Women In Distress - 25th Anniversary Appreciation Award Recipient
  • NSFRE Honoree - Leadership Broward Foundation - 1998.
  • "First Lady of Broward" - Broward County Fair - 1998.
  • "Distinguished Leader Award" - National Association for Community Leadership - 1997.
  • "Distinguished Community Service" - National Conference of Christian & Jews - 1996.
  • "Woman of the Year" - American Cancer Society - 1996.
  • Stranahan House "Roastee" - 1996
  • "Woman of Distinguish" - March of Dimes - 1996
  • "Leader of the Year" - Leadership Broward Foundation - 1995.
  • "President's Award" - Leadership Broward Foundation - 1994.
  • "Spirit of Broward/Non-Profit Organizations" - Broward Economic Development Council - 1993.
  • "Women of Distinguish" - South Florida Magazine - 1993.
  • "Ten Best Dressed Women of Substance & Style" - 1991.

Going back to when you first started with your organization to now, What has been your proudest personal accomplishment?
“Having had the pleasure of being involved in so many non-profit organizations over the years, the thing that I am most pleased about is that people keep inviting me to be involved in their efforts in the community.

Do you have a mentor; someone who has been there to guide you or consult with you when you needed their input?
Definitely. Linda Carter, CEO of Community Foundation of Broward. From the time she was the Director at the Museum of Discovery & Science when it was on the river, I have always been impressed with her administrative skills. I have called her many times to ask for advice and tremendously enjoyed creating new ideas with her when I was Chairman of the Community Foundation.

How did you determine which charitable organizations you would support?
I always look at heir administration, board, financials, and client base. For example, how many people who need to be helped are being assisted by the organization. Jim Cassidy, CEO of Bank of America, was once quoted in newspaper as saying that when he was asked how he decided who to support he said, “I call Ginny Miller”.

How have things changed for you through the years?
More people in the community are aware of opportunities to help others and the spirit of philanthropy continues to grow.

What is the most important thing you have learned through the years?
That there is always another way to do the job and you need to listen to everyone because you learn something new every day.

What do you wish you could have a never-ending supply of?
Friends.

How can we reach out to other people in the world?
We can be an example of a country that cares but we still have so much to do at home.

What can make you cry?
I cry all the time. Children’s Diagnostic and Treatment Center has a celebration once a year of people who have passed from AIDS and I cry so much I am banned from going. At Take Stock in Kids., when kids sign a contract stating that they will get to go to college if they keep their grades up, I cry.

Are you where you hoped you would be at this point in your life?
Yes, I never plan; I go with the flow so I never planned where I would be.

What do you think is the biggest problem we are facing in this country today?
Moral decay. Lack of morality.

Do you have a motto, or some words of wisdom, that has guided you through your life?
Yes, do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

How does one hold on to their true self in the corporate world and still become successful?
By being honest.

How do you stay so motivated and committed?
There is always something exciting right around the corner. And you always met people whose enthusiasm feeds your own so its people who keep me motivated and committed.

When does someone know when it's time to move on?
You know when there are people in place who you trust who are ready to grow what has been started. When you feel comfortable with the leaders involved.

What is your favorite store for clothes shopping?
Any store that it is having a sale.

If your house was up for sale, and a potential buyer did a walk through, what would your home say about you?
That we “live” in our house.

What is your greatest strength?
That people follow my enthusiasm. My passion motivates people.

What are you most disciplined about?
Time.

What would you still like to learn how to do?
It would be really nice and fun to sing well, wear pretty clothes and get up on stage and sing like Dolly Parton.

How do we get our young people more interested in charitable giving and community volunteering?
By example.

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