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

"Beyond the Dollars" Knight Foundation'S...

(09/08/2016) The Knight Foundation has produced another exceptional report Beyond the dollars: The long-term value of giving days for community foundations.  Read the full report here.'Community foundations across the country have played a central role in catalyzing giving days. While much of the focus for these online fundraising campaigns has been on the money raised for nonprofit participants, there has been little examination—until now—of the ways in which Giving Days actually benefit the community foundations that organize them.The long-term value of giving days for community foundations showcases the potential for these campaigns to strengthen community foundations by driving community philanthropy, increasing their visibility and credibility, strengthening their online donor engagement capabilities, and positioning community foundations as hubs of information in their communities."

MUNS Scholarship Awards Ceremony

(09/02/2016) Lt. Col. Angelica G. MunsFrom left to right:  Dr. Gwen Laphan-Alcorn, Interim Dean- Pam Michell, Scholarship Committee- Maritza Segarra, Scholarship Recipient-Beth McCall, Scholarship Committee Chair-Aleida Martinez, Scholarship Recipient-Kristie Navarro, Scholarship Recipient-Heather Gifford, Scholarship Committee-Kathy Plemmons, Scholarship Recipient, Barbara Fitos, Executive Director/Community Foundation-Dr. Stephanie Cortes, Dean of Nursing.As Hermine approached the Big Bend area of FL and residents of Ocala/Marion County watched the weather radar, students, faculty and Community Foundation members convened at the new CF Health Sciences Simulation Lab for the MUNS Scholarship awards presentation...And what a fitting location it was!  In October 2015, MRMC pledged $120,000 to purchase patient simulators for the new Health Sciences Simulation Lab at the repurposed Building 16.  This hands on simulation lab will enable CF Nursing, EMT and Paramedic students to experience real life rapid response scenarios - skill sets so needed for these high demand jobs - a true economic stimulus for our community.A total of $8000, four $2000 scholarships (renewable for the student's term of study subject to ongoing qualifying criteria) were awarded to these recipients:Aleida Martinez AS Nursing December 2017Kristie Navarro AS Nursing December 2016Kathy Plemmons LPN Bridge May 2017Maritza Segarra AS Nursing May 2017The Community Foundation is extremely pleased and honored to continue the legacy of Mrs. Muns in creating access to education and training opportunities in these highly sought after skilled nursing positions.

New FASB Accounting Standards for Non Profits

(08/28/2016)  New FASB Accounting Standards for Nonprofits ReleasedBy RUTH MCCAMBRIDGE | August 22, 2016FASB Chair Russell Golden described the issues the group addressed and the new guidelines in a press release.While the current not-for-profit financial reporting model held up well for more than 20 years, stakeholders expressed concerns about the complexity, insufficient transparency, and limited usefulness of certain aspects of the model. The new guidance simplifies and improves the face of the financial statements and enhances the disclosures in the notes—which will enable nonprofits to better communicate their financial performance and condition to their stakeholders while also reducing certain costs and complexities in preparing their financial statements.

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