Welcome to the

Community Foundation!

The Community Foundation is building a stronger community…one passion at a time.

We provide a variety of channels to actively connect donors with nonprofits fulfilling their missions.

Through our Nonprofit Resource Center and programs, the Estate Planning Council of Marion County and the NonProfit Business Council, we provide collaboration among leadership sectors to impact social and cultural change in our community.

Identifying Issues

And making an impact!

The Community Foundation works pro-actively with public/private partners to identify issues that impact Ocala/Marion County and convenes leadership to explore solutions.

The Foundation works closely with financial advisors to serve as a resource for their planned giving clients.

The entire community benefits when donors invest in programs that fuel their passions.

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The size of your gift doesn’t dictate the amount of impact you can make in our community. We take the administrative hassles away from your giving and from your family. Let us help you create change today.

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From assisting your clients with funds and tax deduction benefits to helping create a lasting legacy for a client with a specific desire for impact, we partner with you to take your client relationships to another level.

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We are the go-to resource for the nonprofit community for everything from agency fund management to a nonprofit event calendar, professional development to sample nonprofit resources. We are here for you!


Vet Resource Center

Support the Vet Resource Center Fund The mission of Vet Resource Center, Inc. (VRC) is to provide education and information to Veterans and their families about the benefits they have earned and resources that are available for them. It also provides website-based benefit and resource information at VetResourceCenter.com, free website creation for Veteran Related Organizations,…

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Marion Therapeutic Riding Association

Support the Marion Therapeutic Riding Association Marion Therapeutic Riding Association strives to enhances lives using the healing power of human and horse connection. This unique pairing unleashes new abilities that grant purpose and envision greater opportunities. We serve persons of all capabilities with physical, emotional or intellectual challenges through Equine Assisted Activities. Serving the heart…

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Kaitlin Hennessey Wolf Memorial Fund

Support the Kaitlin Hennessey Wolf Memorial Fund Kaitlin Hennessey Wolf’s life was a testament to determination, intelligence, and love. Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, and raised in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, she embodied the values of hard work and perseverance from an early age. Her academic journey took her to prestigious institutions like the University of Michigan,…

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Love Israel Foundation

Support Love Israel Foundation The Love Israel Foundation (USA) is the connecting point between the United States and its partner Love Israel organization in Tel Aviv, Israel. Love Israel is a global not-for-profit organization that builds the bridge between Jewish and Christian people. It undertakes many valuable projects that provide religious education and support humanitarian…

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Marion County Memorial Honor Guard Fund

Support the Marion County Memorial Honor Guard The Marion County Memorial Honor Guard promotes Americanism, dignity, and respect for our country’s warriors by upholding the utmost professionalism and integrity through its conduct and image at all times. As a war veterans’ organization, we proudly provide ceremonial funeral honors and assistance to all military veterans and…

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Heart of Florida Health Center Endowment Fund

Support the Heart of Florida Health Center Heart of Florida Health Center began in 2007 with financial support from Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala Regional Medical Center, the Marion County Commissioners, and Department of Health. Growing out of what was previously Community Health Services of Marion County, the original goal of Heart of Florida Health…

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Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund

The Arabian Horsemen’s Distress Fund was established in 2005 to assist people within the Arabian horse community during times of unexpected catastrophes, such as barn fires, accidents resulting in significant financial burden, unexpected illnesses, acts of nature, and the like. They need your help to ensure the long-term viability of the fund that has already been crucial to hundreds of people!

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Early Learning Coalition of Marion County Fund

The Early Learning Coalition of Marion County ensures children of the Marion County community have access to quality early learning programs that nurture their learning potential to prepare them for success. The ELCMC provides leadership and fosters partnerships to optimize a quality learning environment for Marion County children through child care, voluntary pre-kindergarten and parent education.

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Community Foundation Endowment Fund

From more services for our nonprofits helping our community’s most disadvantaged to increasing the education of the next generation of givers, from enhancing programs and opportunities for our community’s estate planners to ensuring residents in our community know how to align their passions with their giving, the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County remains at the forefront of impacting our community’s needs. We are building a stronger community… one passion at a time.

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Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute Fund

A science-based educational nonprofit organization, the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute focuses on documenting and protecting Florida’s springs and aquifers to ensure access to clean drinking water for current and future generations. Named in honor of a pioneer of springs science, a Yale graduate, Odum worked in the biology department of the University of Florida in the 1950s and conducted the first comprehensive ecological assessment of Silver Springs.

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Mary DeCasper Memorial Fund

Give the gift of reading and literacy to students in the Marion County community of Ft. McCoy through the Mary DeCasper Memorial Fund. Dollars raised help keep her legacy and love of reading going among the generations of Ft. McCoy School students through Ms. DeCasper’s Reading Den, a cozy and inviting reading space for students in the School. Additional funds purchase books in Mary’s memory for children to take home.

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Adam Hanson Youth Philanthropy in Action

Through the Adam Hanson Youth Philanthropy in Action, we are educating Marion County middle school Students about philanthropy. Since 2012, members of the NonProfit Business Council have taught more than 1,000 students the YPIA curriculum in public and private middle schools with more than $23,000 in grants given to nonprofits. This innovative program is training tomorrow’s philanthropists how to find their passions early, so they can give back to the community now.

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