In Memory of Sofia Isabel

Lifting Up Sofia Isabel

The Denver Foundation is honored to announce the establishment of three funds that lift the legacy of Sofia Isabel, the beautiful and talented daughter of Javier Alberto Soto, our President and CEO. Sofia passed away unexpectedly in January 2022. 

  • The Sofia Isabel Fund for Firefly Autism, at The Denver Foundation
  • The Sofia Isabel Fund for University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, at The Miami Foundation
  • Wildlife Warriors

Please take a moment to learn about each fund, and read a message from Javier and his family.

Firefly Autism

The Sofia Isabel Soto Fund for Firefly Autism, at The Denver Foundation

Firefly Autism provided Sofia with abundant support and love during her time in Colorado. Gifts to this fund will help Firefly Autism support children like Sofia. Give Now

UM Center For Autism

The Sofia Isabel Fund for University of Miami Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, at The Miami Foundation

The mission of the University of Miami’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM CARD) is to provide support and assistance with the goal of optimizing the potential of people with autism and related disabilities. The Soto family is deeply grateful for the guidance, support, and love they have received from everyone at UM CARD. Give Now

Wildlife Warriors Australia

Wildlife Warriors

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors was established in 2002 by Steve and Terri Irwin as a way to include and involve other caring people in the protection of injured, threatened, or endangered wildlife – from the individual animal to an entire species. Sofia loved the Irwin family’s television programs, which promote wildlife conservation and kindness to animals. Australia Zoo will devote all dollars received in Sofia’s name to its koala conservation program.

To donate:

  1. Visit
  2. Select the region you are contributing from (the USA, internationally, Australia)
  3. Enter the donation amount and check the box “Honor someone special with your gift.”
  4. From the drop-down menu, select “In Memory of” or “In Celebration of” and enter Sofia Soto
  5. Complete the rest of the donation form with your details. After the donation is processed, a receipt will be sent automatically to your email address.

Please note that some people are receiving a security warning when visiting the Wildlife Warriors site. This may be due to software security settings as it is an international organization. The links provided above are the correct addresses, and we leave it to your discretion to continue past the security warning.

A Message From Javier

Our family would like to thank each one of you for your outpouring of support, love, and prayers. The closeness you have demonstrated during these difficult times has been a true blessing. Every text, post, and message has provided us with comfort and strength. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

We lift our eyes and hearts to Heaven and thank God for Sofi’s kind soul. Her passionate love for animals, especially koalas, will live on through us. Her fierce belief in fairness and standing up for those who are not treated fairly will guide our hearts. Reflecting on the sound of her beautiful singing voice will always lift our souls. These will be the beacons that guide us as we celebrate our Sofi forevermore. We welcome your continued prayers and your thoughts of loving kindness lifted up to the Universe as we take this journey together.

In lieu of flowers, our family asks for your support of three philanthropic funds that have been established in Sofia’s honor.

On behalf of our entire family, thank you.