Sailing Toward a Brighter Future Together

Whether it’s the number of families helped by one of our partners or moving words about how our program changed a student’s life, Carnival Foundation is proud of the impact we have and the lives we touch.

Impact Through our Grants in 2017/2018:


  • 3,206

    Children with life-threatening illnesses served through The Painted Turtle’s Medical Specialty Camp

  • 800

    At-risk girls supported by Women of Tomorrow Mentor & Scholarship Program

  • 2,750

    Youth served through Boys & Girls Clubs after-school programs

  • 680

    Homeless women and children assisted at Lotus House

  • 940

    Foster youth assisted through Voice for Children Foundation’s Children’s Needs Program

  • 32,556

    Emergency shelter nights provided to women survivors of domestic violence and their children by Women in Distress of Broward County’s Shelter

  • 100,000

    Volunteers offered one-on-one friendships with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities assisted through Best Buddies International

  • 2,600

    Students assisted to gain admission into college by OneGoal’s college-prep program

  • 450

    Students supported in Junior Achievement’s BizTown Educational Summer Camp

  • 20,000

    Students from Miami-Dade’s highest need schools assisted by Teach for America’s educational programming

  • 2,713

    Youth and adults received swim lessons through the YMCA of South Florida’s Mobile Aquatic Program

  • 700

    Elementary students educated on conservation through the Zoo Miami’s Carnival Kids Program

  • 7,311

    People with intellectual disabilities able to participate in Special Olympics in Baltimore

  • 7,000

    People served through Branches’ Thanksgiving Meal Delivery Program

  • 18,000

    Diabetes patients served through JDRF’s outreach programs

  • 1,150

    Children served through Baltimore’s Port Discovery Children’s Museum’s after-school enrichment programs

  • 5,000

    Clients received support services through the SantLa Haitian Neighborhood Center

  • 351

    Students and their families served through the Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s College Camp

  • 200

    Girls able to participate in the Honey Shine Mentoring Program’s summer camp

  • 65,000

    Served through visits and educational programming by Museum of Discovery and Sciences

  • 821

    Homeless served by Broward Partnership’s programs

  • 21,383

    Students educated through Florida Grand Opera’s educational outreach programs

  • 2,095

    Students educated by the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Ocean Science Education Program

  • 1,722

    Children assisted by Kids in Distress FIRST Program

  • 20,000

    Students educated in 50 schools through City Theatre’s educational outreach programs

  • 16,681

    Cancer patients received  free medical care from La Liga Contra El Cancer

  • 40,000

    Children served through visits and educational programming by Miami Children’s Museum

  • 650

    Children with special health care needs assisted by the Children’s Diagnostic & Treatment Center’s Dental Clinic

  • 1,200

    Students served through Breakthrough Miami’s academic enrichment program

  • 539

    Wishes granted to terminally ill children by Make-A-Wish Foundation

  • 784,110

    Food-insecure individuals assisted in the region by Feeding South Florida programs

  • 4,764

    Warm coats distributed to low-income children through Operation Warm

  • 7,000

    Cancer patients assisted at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center through Dolphins Cancer Challenge

  • 690

    Clients received food assistance through Lowcountry Food Bank’s School Pantry Hunger-Relief Program

  • 662

    Homeless residents placed in jobs through Chapman Partnership’s Job Development and Placement Program

  • 500

    Students served with educational and enrichment services by Overtown Youth Center



“When I started this program four years ago, I had no idea what I was getting into. After the first site visit freshman year, Nicole was not a stranger anymore. She was my sister, my mentor, and my rolemodel. She has been an incredible help to me as a person and a student.” — Amaya King, graduating class of 2018 Scholarship Recipient; majoring in Biology at Spelman College

“I think everyone can do something to make our community a better place, be it through their work or volunteering their free time. I’m glad that the Carnival Foundation and the F.U.N. Team help make that easier for us with so many different types of volunteering opportunities. It’s great to know that our company cares about the community and very rewarding to see the impact we can have with just a little bit of our time.” — Christian Deese, Business Analyst, Deployment Implementation, Fleet Deployment, Carnival Cruise Line, 2015 F.U.N. Team Volunteer of the Year & 2017-2019 Co-Chair

“The Carnival Kids Programs has stimulated the interests of students in science and technology. We see an increase in class performance as well as students feeling empowered as environmental stewards. Thank you for bringing this immersive educational program to our students.” — Ms. Nunez, Principal of John G. Dupuis Elementary School

“Participating in the Dress for Success LeadHERShip program has been very meaningful for me because it allows women to be empowered and for them take their career to the next level.” — Donnise Webb, Director of Litigation Counsel, Carnival Cruise Line; mentor in the Dress for Success LeadHERShip Program

“The care that our son Aaron received at the Carnival Cares for Kids Center at Holtz Children’s Hospital was excellent. The medical team made each day so much better with their compassion and expertise. We felt like we were constantly surrounded by family during our son’s five weeks in the pediatric intensive care unit.”— Sammie Willis and Katherine Beaton

“Four years ago I was a shy person, it would be hard for my mentor to get me to say anything. He has seen me grow into a better person. Now I can finally speak in front of people. We finally have conversations and he’s helped me through that and given me advice. He’s been through it all with me.” — Harold Lopez, Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program student and scholarship recipient

“Honey Shine helped me make new friends. The program has taught me new things and how important it is to care for one another.” — Camila Mora, Honey Bug

“I came into the Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program always knowing one person could make a difference, and I wanted to be that one person for someone. When I go home at night I share my stories of being a mentor with my own children, and I’d like to think it makes me a better person and a better dad.” — John Harshaw, Carnival Corporation’s vice president, global IT infrastructure; mentor in the Carnival Scholarship & Mentoring Program

“I know the program is called Big Brothers Big Sisters, but he really played the role as my father here at Carnival. He also made sure that I was intact… he played a huge role in my high school success.” — Keno Tate, graduating class of 2016 Scholarship Recipient, speaking about mentor Gregg Zalkin, Manager, Group Strategy at Carnival Corporation & plc.

“We the Honey Bugs want to give a special thanks to you and your team for all of the wonderful things you do for Honey Shine. We want you to know how much we appreciate everything you do for us; all of the extra time and effort you put into providing us with what we need does not go unnoticed.” — Zaria Jones, Honey Bug

“He’s grown. I’ve grown. You know he’s helped me, what he doesn’t realize, just in becoming a better person. And that’s what I think a lot of people don’t realize, mentoring is so deep and profound that the mentor grows form this process.” — Vladimir Lindor, senior family support specialist, Guest Care Team, Carnival Cruise Line, speaking about his Little Samuel Dervil, graduating class of 2015 Scholarship Recipient

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