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

TEDx Ocala Salon

(09/29/2017) Sept. 29, 2017   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Margaret Spontak 352-387-7571   TEDx Salon: Community Forum on Criminal Justice Reform   A special TEDxOcala Salon featuring a live Ted Talk from Adam Foss, one of Boston’s leading voices for compassion in criminal justice, occurs Oct. 4, 2 to 4 p.m. at Master the Possibilities, Cypress Hall. Foss, an Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division, has founded a reading program to improve student achievement and co-founded a collaborative effort to recast probation as a transformative experience, rather than a punitive process. After his live Talk, TEDxOcala founder Manal Fakhoury, leads a panel discussion with local community leaders. The fee is $10 for the public, members $5. Register by calling 352-854-3699 or going online at The address is 8413 SW 80th St., Ocala, FL.   About Adam Foss: As Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of Suffolk County, Adam Foss has become one of Boston's leading voices for compassion in criminal justice. Recognizing that prosecutors have a unique opportunity to intervene in offender's lives, Foss co-founded the Roxbury CHOICE Program, a collaborative effort between defendants, the court, the probation department, and the D.A. to recast probation as a transformative experience rather than a punitive process. In addition to his work with the DA's office, Foss is the founder of the SCDAO Reading Program, a project designed to bridge the achievement gap of area elementary school students.           Margaret Spontak, Director of Education         Master the Possibilities, Inc. P 352.387.7571 (office)  352.843-1855 (cell)    F 352.861-9752 8415 SW 80th Street, Suite 2, Ocala, FL 34481 A Not-for-profit Lifelong Learning Center      

Community Foundation Matching Gift Fund for...

(09/27/2017)         COMMUNITY FOUNDATION PARTNERS WITH MCA’S APPLAUD THE ARTS TO CREATE MATCHING GIFT FUND FOR Marion Disaster Recovery Network The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County is honored to partner with Marion Cultural Alliance in supporting local Hurricane Irma recovery efforts.   MCA has announced that 50% of ticket sales from the 10th Annual Applaud the Arts event will be donated to the Marion Disaster Recovery Network to assist our citizens impacted by Hurricane Irma. Through the generosity of our board members and donors, the Community Foundation has established a Matching Gift Disaster Recovery Fund that will match up to $5000 of the generous donations raised by MCA through this their signature event that this year will also pay tribute to all first responders, linesmen and law enforcement officers.   Founding Chairman Frank Hennessey of Hennessey Arabians noted that “in keeping with our mission of community building through philanthropy, we are honored to be an integral partner with MCA in community outreach through the creative power of the arts”. Join us on Thursday, September 28th in “INSPIRING, SUPPORTING, AND BRINGING TOGETHER Ocala/Marion County while it recovers from Irma”. For more information, contact Barbara Fitos at 352.507.8116 or and/or Jaye Baillie at 352.629.1500 or

Legal Aid Fund Reception - Postponed

(09/08/2017) Please note: Due to Hurricane Irma, the cocktail reception scheduled for Tuesday, September 12 will be postponed. At this time, we do not have a rescheduled date, but once we have more information we will send out an event update.Please stay safe during the storm.Best regards,MCBA, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, and Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion CountyIn honor of the Marion County Bar Association's new civil legal aid fund, Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida, the Marion County Bar Association and the Community Foundation Ocala-Marion County are hosting a reception at the Brick City Center for the Arts on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.For more information contact Kimberly Amiro at or 321-299-9618

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