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

Community Foundation to Administer Paul Lux...

(06/01/2015) May 28, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Beth McCall Phone: (352) 427-4713 Email: Paul Lux Trust Scholarship Fund to Be Administered by The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County   Ocala, Fla 5/28/15– The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County is pleased to announce the Munroe Regional Health System District Board of Trustees has given the Community Foundation the Paul Lux Trust Scholarship Fund to administer. The Lux Trust was given to Munroe Regional Medical Center upon the death of Mr. Paul Lux in 2005.  The trust was established for scholarships for persons pursuing careers as radiology or medical technologists, respiratory therapists, speech and language pathologists and midwifery.  The current value of the trust is $311,000.  Scholarship criteria and an application process will be established by the Community Foundation.   In accordance with the terms of the trust, all scholarship recipients must agree to use the training received to care for patients at Munroe Regional Medical Center for at least one year after completing their education/training.  “We are honored to add the Paul Lux Trust and its scholarship legacy to our family of managed funds”, Founding Chairman Frank Hennessey commented in announcing receipt of the scholarship fund.   He further noted that access to education and training opportunities in these key medical technology fields will not only serve to stimulate job growth but will provide critical skills training essential for quality medical care so vital to our community. Administering the Lux Trust for medical technology scholarships is in keeping with the overall mission of the Community Foundation to serve as a – CONVENER – COLLABORATOR – CATALYST – for community building.   The Foundation serves as a centralized portal for philanthropic giving and a unified voice for all local non-profit entities and the causes they champion. For more information on the Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County please visit  or contact Barbara Fitos, Executive Director, at (352) 507-8116.  # # # # # # # # # # # # # # #

"Growing Giving"

(04/17/2015) ”GROWING GIVING”*   It is the stories that define a community and it is within those stories that a community defines its identity.   Ocala Marion County is known for its giving and caring spirit, the very hallmark of who we are as a community.  Whether it be feeding the hungry and impoverished, protecting our beautiful environment, celebrating the return of one of our own heroes, or mourning the loss of one who dedicated his life to preserve and protect, we come together as community. Brad Rogers, Ocala Star Banner Editor, captured the challenges/opportunities we face as a community in coining the phrase – the 3Es – Economy-Education-Environment. (9/14 In Our Opinion).  Leveraging, developing and enhancing our community resources is essential if our community is to prosper and thrive.  As Brad noted:  “it’s a great place with a great location...But [we] need skilled and educated workers and a good and ever improving quality of life”.  The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County was founded on this principle of shared giving – to commit our wealth-wisdom-work to the greater goal of community building.  In our role as convener-collaborator-catalyst we are positioned to serve as that key centralized portal for focused charitable giving both for individuals and nonprofits.  Through focused giving, the Community Foundation creates real impact and leverage for charitable funding in a time of greater needs and scarcer resources. The cornerstone of our multiple fund options is the DONOR ADVISED FUND.   Through a Donor Advised Fund, the Community Foundation seamlessly connects donors to the causes they are passionate about and the non-profits that sustain them.    Howard Husock, Vice President/Manhattan Institute, wrote in an Opinion piece for Forbes (that also appeared in Investor’s Business Daily) that even as the current administration has sought to reduce the value of the charitable deduction, charitable giving has steadily increased having “nearly recovered fully from its decline following the 2008 financial crisis”.   Mr. Husock attributes that growth to the increase in Donor Advised Funds especially personal donor advised funds in which donors direct contributions to the charities they support.   He projects that the $32 billion in current DAF balances (per the National Philanthropic Trust) could grow to $495 billion by 2035 effectively raising the long standing charitable giving as 2% of GDP (gross domestic product) to as high as 2.2% which translates to an estimated $125 billion increase in charitable giving.  (Manhattan Institute Civic Report:  Growing Giving – American Philanthropy and the Potential of Donor Advised Funds)* Astonishing numbers on a national scale but the potential impact at the local level is just as significant.  Mr. Husock calls this rise in Donor Advised Funds the “new means for mass philanthropy”.   Designed not only for the truly wealthy donor, Donor Advised Funds through our Community Foundation are available for an opening deposit of $5000.   Through the generosity of our donors we are building community by investing in arts and culture, economic development, education and social services—all with the goal of building a vibrant community.   “Growing Giving”* through increasing the number of DAFs with the Community Foundation is our focus in 2015.   Won’t you join us?  Be a part of your Community Foundation  and continue to reflect that spirit of giving that is the hallmark of this community. *”Growing Giving” is the title of Mr. Husock’s Civic Report for the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.   References:  

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