President & Director
Founder & President, The Sundari Foundation Inc.
Constance Collins, J.D., is President and Executive Director of the Sundari Foundation, Inc. dba Lotus House, a non-denominational 501c3 public charity. She is also President of Lotus Endowment Fund, Inc., a 501c3 foundation, sponsor of Lotus Village, comprehensive state of the art homeless facilities to be completed in 2017, to support the Lotus House and other initiatives of Sundari Foundation. A lawyer and former businesswoman prior to founding Lotus House, she serves the Foundation as a full time volunteer, overseeing the development, operations, programming, services and growth of Lotus House, in addition to other initiatives of the Foundation and Lotus Endowment. Additional initiatives of the Foundation include: Lotus House Thrift, LLC, operating a donations center and job training programs; and Lotus Wellness Center, LLC, a free health clinic offering women’s wellness exams and screenings to uninsured, indigent women.
Ms. Collins’ work on behalf of the Foundation is preceded by over twenty-two years of business, finance, real estate and legal experience. She served as the chief operating and financial officer, general counsel, and co-founder of a full service real estate investment advisory firm, Urban Investments Advisors, LLC (and its predecessor Starwood Urban Investments) and real estate holding company, Starwood Urban, LLC, and its subsidiaries, responsible for the management and operation of a national commercial real estate investment portfolio, overseeing growth and value-added strategies, development, financing, accounting, and reporting for portfolio revenues, until the successful disposition of those investments in 2005. Prior to Starwood, Ms. Collins was in private law practice, representing institutional investors and lenders in structuring, negotiating and documenting real estate, business and financial transactions, credit recovery, litigation oversight, and repositioning of investment properties. She graduated Order of Coif with a Juris Doctorate Degree from University of Colorado School of Law, Boulder, Colorado, and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.
Honors include: 2016 Visionary Award, Miami Herald; 2016 Julia Tuttle Award by City of Miami Commission on the Status of Women; 2016 Salutation Honoring Women in Public Service by the City of Miami; 2015 Public Servant Award – South Florida Community Development Coalition; 2014 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award by Unites States Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; “Best Charity” by New Times 2013; 2013 Community Spirit Award from the Commission on Women; 2012 Outstanding Service Excellence Award from the American Society for Public Administration – South Florida Chapter; Neighborhood Builder Award of the 2011 Neighborhood Excellence Initiative of Bank of America; Leave a Legacy 2010 Donor Next Door award presented by the Health Foundation of South Florida; 2010 Unity Award by Theodore R. Gibson Memorial Fund; 2010 Health Care Hero Award by Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce; “Best of Miami Shelter” by New Times, 2010; 2010 Woman of Vision Award by the Weitzman Institute; 2008 Local Hero Award by Bank of America; 2007 Honoree, Women Who Make a Difference by Junior League of Miami, Inc.; 2006 Commendation For Women Builders of Communities and Dreams, National Women’s History Month, by the City of Miami and Miami Commission on the Status of Women; and 2005 and 2006 Networking Deal of the Year for Sundari Foundation, by Miami CREW, for Lotus House.
Contact her at email@example.com, (305) 613-1573.
Treasurer & Director
Senior Vice President, Bank of America
"I am involved because I believe the Lotus House model of providing holistic, wrap around services in addition to housing provides a greater chance of success in ending the cycle of homelessness. Every woman and child touched by Lotus House has the opportunity to be the best they can be and our community will share in their success."
Retired Firefighter, City of Miami
"Having retired after 29 years as a Miami firefighter, I was inspired to think of a way to serve again, especially the women and children in our community. I was introduced to the work of Constance Collins and the Lotus House. The incredible things they were doing to uplift and empower women and children was something I knew I wanted to be a part of!"
Martin Z Margulies
Developer & Philanthropist
"There are many different charities one can be involved with. Lotus House is an exceptional charity which brings hope and uplifts people who are less fortunate. There is no wasted money on achieving these excellent results."
Managing Partner, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod, LLP
"Literally the first day I met Constance over 10 years ago, I was inspired by her vision of helping homeless women and children and providing them the support and opportunities they need to improve their circumstances and lives. Lotus House is the manifestation of that vision and dream. I am honored and humbled to be involved. "
Norman & Irma Braman Family Foundation
"I am really thrilled to be involved with and on the board of Lotus House because of the many lives we change. From single women to teenage girls to mothers to be and everyone else. Lotus House changes the lives of these women but also of their families. If you love Miami, you have to love Lotus House..."
Senior Vice President, Hotel Operations, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
"When my daughter Isabella was three she asked me if we could go play with "Charity." I had just gathered some of her toys and the highchair she had just grew out of, and told her I was going to give them to Charity. It was in that moment that I gathered her up with me and introduced her to charity and on that day we started www.dadsforgiving.org Many years later in Miami Beach we were looking for a place to donate a playground set my three kids had grown out of and was introduced to Lotus House and met Constance on the day we delivered the set. I know then that I wanted to combine my efforts with my kids, Bella, Harry and Ricky and Dads for Giving and have since hosted annual events with Lotus House. I also wanted to find a way to become more directly involved in the work and vision that Constance had set for Lotus Village. I look forward to being involved for many years to come and can't wait to see the smiles on the faces of the mothers and children whom will get to call Lotus Village home for a short while until they transition to an even better home…"
"I am involved because of my love for Miami and all of its communities, especially those in need; and because Lotus House is both impacting people on a local level while effecting change on a national level. "
Rachel Wagner Furst
Partner, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen
"I am involved to support the most vulnerable and disadvantaged women and children in my community and the amazing Lotus House team that works to transform their lives."
Vice President & Director
Nurse & Volunteer
"I believe that we are all connected and collectively we can make a difference in this community, in our city and in the world. To see a woman and a child’s life transform keeps me returning time and again."
Dr. Gordon Miller
"I am involved with Lotus House and the Sundari Foundation to support the enthusiastic work done by Constance Collins in this great endeavor on which she has embarked."
Founding Partner, Singer Xenos Wealth Management
"When they say ‘it takes a village,’ Lotus House is the village I have always envisioned. An organization committed to helping women and children thrive; operating with the utmost professionalism and ethics; and being a part of the fabric of the community. That is why I have supported it for the past 11 years, and why I will continue for as long as I have the privilege to do so."
President, Civic Construction Company, Inc.
"Simply,…I was struck by the mission."
Millares & Co PA
Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells
"As a Christian, my faith is not merely a word, an association, a belief, or ideals. It is an action. Among other things, that action is to: Love my neighbors as I love myself, which I fail at daily. From my very first time volunteering at Lotus House, I saw that the Lord’s work was being done there. And I did not want to miss out on the action."
Dr. Kathryn Villano
Holistic Doctor & Philanthropist
Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
"Lotus House's guests, graduates, founders and leaders inspire me. They embody love, courage and determination, and it feels wonderful to support them."
Miroslav "Misha" Mladenovic, P.E.
President, M2E Consulting
"I had the pleasure of meeting Constance when she was a developer, as a client. We developed both a keen sense of professional and personal respect, but also a connection on a more spiritual level (yoga, community, justice). When I saw her several years later passionately explaining the model of Lotus House at a Chamber event, I knew we had to get involved, as our engineering profession has many uses (designing, building), and I offered to Constance “to use me as much as she can!”. Sure enough, the phone rung, and we provided design work for the Chic Boutique, certification for the existing buildings, and it all gave us the opportunity to interact more closely with all the wonderful staff and guests at the Lotus House. I was hooked! Unforgettable moments multiplied from the opening of the Chic Boutique to the testimony of guests and their children. What Lotus House gave me back is infinitely more than I gave: a renewed sense of the existence of goodness in this world (don’t we all need that now?). I particularly remember Constance’s words when we started talking about Lotus House, that it is a nonprofit that will eventually be self-sustaining, with former guests becoming future community leaders and fundraisers: what a far-reaching prophecy! … "
Behar Font & Partners, P.A.
Tiffany Zientz Heckler
CFO, LSN Partners, LLC