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Who We Are

Who we are

Committed to the Community we Serve

Founded in 2022, the Poinsette Foundation is a living family heirloom committed to empowering and amplifying the voices of underserved women and children of color.

Meet Mia Poinsette

Founder and Executive Director

Mia Poinsette is an award-winning disruptive philanthropist and respected community leader. Mia is the founder and Executive Director of the Poinsette Foundation, a self-funded nonprofit organization that invests in ideas that empower underestimated women and children of color. Mia’s dedication and passion for philanthropy contribute to her deep understanding of the communities that she serves. Helping thousands of families in Central Florida, the Poinsette Foundation has amassed more than 80 community partners throughout Orange and Osceola counties since launching in April 2022.

Mia demonstrates additional commitment to her community by serving as a board member for Heart of Florida United Way’s Women United, Women’s Executive Council, and Women on the Rise, Mia was also appointed by Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer to serve on the Mennello Museum of American Art’s Board of Trustees. Mia is a past Board member of the Central Florida Urban League Young Professionals and the University Club of Orlando – where she became the first Black woman to serve on an Executive Board in the organization’s 98-year history. Active on the Research and Grants committee for Central Florida Foundation’s 100 Women Strong, Mia proudly holds additional memberships with Florida Executive Women, the American Heart Association’s Circle of Red, and several local chambers.

As a third-generation Girl Scout, Mia credits the organization for planting her early seeds of leadership, entrepreneurship, and community involvement.

Mia is a graduate of multiple leadership programs including the Black Boardroom Leadership Institute’s 2022 inaugural leadership track, Leadership Orlando Class 103, and the 2023 ATHENA NextGen Cohort. Recognized for her impactful footprint in the community, Mia is the recipient of the Heart of Florida United Way’s 2023 Change Maker: Women United Impact award, the Women’s Executive Council’s 2023 Women of Achievement: Central Florida Influencer award, Women on the Rise’s 2023 Community Impact Leader award and Women on the Rise’s 2023 Inspirational Deeva award.

Mia earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in government and public policy at Harvard University.

Happily married with two children, Mia is also a violinist and avid traveler in her free time.

Speaking Engagements

2023 Community Hero Speaker at the Boys & Girls Club Seminole County Faces of the Future Fundraising Breakfast
2023 SHEtalks Speaker at Orange Appeal Magazine’s 13th Annual Orlando Women’s Conference
2023 Guest Speaker at Women’s Executive Council’s August Luncheon

Media:

2023 Florida Trend magazine interview – read here

Board Members

William Poinsette

The Driven Group

Sheena Jackson

Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Elizabeth Peeple

You Are Life Consulting

Charminta Brown

Valencia College

Tadar Muhammad

CareerSource Central Florida

Rewriting the story together

We are immensely proud of the work we’ve done so far. In just one year, we’ve supported and collaborated with 80+ community partners. As an organization, we strive to be…

Authentic

We embrace authenticity by being true to our identity and purpose.

Transformative

Through our curated experiences and funding, we aim to bring about positive transformations in the lives of women and children of color.

Fun

We foster a vibrant and joyful atmosphere that uplifts and enhances the lives of the women and children we engage.

Transparent

We maintain transparency by openly sharing information about the allocation of our funding and resources.