Community Foundation Ocala Marion County, Ocala , Florida

Ocala , Florida

Ocala , Florida


We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to building community in Ocala / Marion County, Florida.

Our Mission & Vision

“We will serve as a – CONVENER – COLLABORATOR – CATALYST – for community building through philanthropic funding for CIVIC, COMMUNITY, CULTURAL, and ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.”

Our Community Foundation will serve as the centralized portal for philanthropic giving and a unified voice for all local non-profit entities.

Our Promises

  • To be the centralized portal for philanthropic giving
  • To be a center of excellence for investment portfolio management for both endowments and operating funds
  • To be the source for extraordinary grant making opportunities
  • To be the key resource and facilitator for the non-profit community
  • To be the key access point to targeted resources that best fulfill the needs of our community
  • To be the premier place with which to do business for both donors and non-profits alike.

What We Do

We foster community building through charitable giving.
  • Ocala/Marion County is home to over 1000 non-profit organizations
  • We connect these non-profits to gifting opportunities   

Giving through a Community Foundation is distinct…
  • We create personalized gifting experiences:
  • Multiple charitable giving vehicles
  • Customized giving  matched to personal interests
  • Legacy giving via Donor Advised Funds

How You Can Help:

Artful Giving Collections

Keep Mozert in Marion

(04/03/2017)        It is time for a Mozert MiracleBruce Mozert was our celebrity. His images tell our story. And his work should stay in Marion County. In the summer of 2009, I needed a large-format camera — you know, one of those accordion-style beasts that crusty newspaper folks used when they wore rumpled suits with short ties. I was in photo school at Daytona State College, and that semester was all about large-format photography. Problem was, I commuted and did not have access to the school’s stock room to rent the cameras. So I asked Bruce Mozert — THE Bruce Mozert — if he had any ideas. Bruce was a master of large- and medium-format photography. He was a certified celebrity of photography whose euphoric, funny underwater images of frolicking Floridians helped make Silver Springs an international destination. I did not know Bruce very well at the time. I had interviewed him over the years, and his longtime assistant was a good friend. But when I called him seeking advice on renting a camera, he told me to come by his studio as soon as possible. I arrived to discover a cluttered wonderland. This studio housed breathtaking gems, from the depths of the springs to celebrity portraits to fascinating images of a county on the cusp of substantial growth. On one table was one of Bruce’s still photos from 1954′s “Creature from the Black Lagoon.” Nearby were Bruce’s handmade underwater camera housings. Bruce died in 2015, just shy of his 99th birthday. What a legacy he left. He created some of the most glorious, creative and important images produced in Marion County. His work tells our story. Two things here: 1. Bruce loaned me a camera for the semester. No questions asked. He insisted. I was beyond nervous; heaven only knows what that camera photographed. Esther Williams? Tinkerbell the cockatoo? Marlin Perkins? Paradise Park? The masterpiece “Alligators Playing Poker”? That image of Jayne Mansfield at Silver Springs that made her a star? I returned the camera intact, grateful for his help and thrilled I had a famous friend. 2. Most importantly: Several locals are working fast to keep this collection in Marion County. Right now, there is a very real possibility the collection will be purchased by nonresidents and moved out of the area. Heirs to the Mozert estate are in the final days of deciding the fate of this collection (photos, negatives, camera housings, movies — all of it). I do not know who they are, but I understand they have considered the local significance of keeping the collection here. My hope is they have considered this vital question: What would Bruce want? Months ago, some community members (myself included) submitted the first bid, the goal being to raise the money and then donate the collection to the College of Central Florida. Other bids from out of town soon followed. Last week we were confident we could raise the money to secure the work. This week, however, we learned there is a much higher bid: $100,000-plus. Full disclosure: I am very involved in this process. I am a longtime Ocalan and photographer. The goal is to keep this work in public view in our museums, galleries and schools. I and other community members are working to secure pledges and support, and there are MANY people and organizations who have stepped up. This community clearly adores Mozert’s work and does not want to see it leave. But $100,000 is a very big number and, as of this writing, we are in Hail Mary mode. I am not a fundraiser. I am completely out of my element here, but I am wise enough to surround myself with smarter people. Plus, I truly believe in this cause, this community and miracles. Bruce was our celebrity. His images tell our story. And I am sure Bruce would want his work to stay in Marion County. If you are interested in helping, feel free to email a pledge to Marion Cultural Alliance at No checks are needed at this point, just solid pledges to be collected later if, indeed, there is a Mozert Miracle. — Dave Schlenker can be reached at and 867-4120.  

NonProfit Alliance Introduces Economic...

(03/31/2017) The NonProfit Alliance has announced the release of their economic impact research on Florida's nonprofit sector.  Executive Director Sabeen Perwaiz stated:"FNA is presenting clear and concise information on the breadth and financial scope of the nonprofit sector. We will be sharing the results with our elected officials and Chambers of Commerce across the state in the next two weeks. Our sector can now proudly state findings like, 'In 2015, the nonprofit sector and the construction industry each employed 6% of Florida’s workforce'.”Key findings include:1.      Generates $26 billion in annual wages2.      The average annual wage in state for our sector is $39,456 when we take out health and education institutions3.      Ranks 40th in the nation for nonprofit assets per capita You can review the research here. The report includes four distinct pieces:1.      One page infographic that highlights the impact of our sector across the state of Florida2.      An executive summary that highlights industry, regional and national comparisons for our sector3.      FL Senate district summaries that enable you to share the impact of nonprofits in a Senate district4.      Interactive data dashboard for you to review data on nonprofits, their social functions, assets and employment data for your region and county for free!  Sabeen Perwaiz  |  Executive DirectorFlorida Nonprofit Alliance407-694-5213  |  | 

Post-Election Conversation...

(03/03/2017) A fascinating article posted by RUTH MCCAMBRIDGE, editor of the NONPROFIT QUARTERLY...let the conversations begin...Your Nonprofit’s Role in Reframing the Post-Election Discourse By NAT KENDALL-TAYLOR AND SUSAN NALL BALES | February 16, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What should we do as members of the nonprofit sector to assess the impact of this election on the sector’s future well-being? What should we pay attention to as we try to figure out what the election means for the landscape of ideas in which we operate, the work that we do, and the goals that we strive to achieve? How are we to think of our roles in bringing communities together to improve outcomes for all people, protect habitats, and make the world a more peaceful place? How can we continue to lead organizations with long histories that transcend presidents and parties to successfully provide services? The current context is fraught with both peril and puzzle...So, what are nonprofits to do going into 2017? For starters, if we want smarter citizens, we must promote better explanations of how the world works. This is not about slogans or niche marketing. It requires real community conversations about the nature of the problems that confront us and our options in addressing them. Those conversations will likely begin in problem mode, so they require significant reframing if people are to be able to enlist slow thinking and train it on solutions. This has been the fallacy of community convenings and deliberative democracy efforts that ignore the cognitive sciences in favor of a “truth will set them free” approach. Perceptions of the truth are frame dependent. It falls to those of us who want to work with our neighbors, coworkers, and all whose fate we share to figure out how to get us back into the commons and reasoning together. Remind people of the values they hold for their communities, of the places they want their children and grandchildren to enjoy, of the institutions that have served people well in the past, and of the responsibility we share in building well-being for all Americans. In true American fashion, there will be hundreds of imagined Americas that result from that thinking as we experiment with various ways to bring it about.

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