Welcome to our new website! The Mission of the Community Foundation for Ocala / Marion County is connecting the charitable interest of the donor to build a strong community. So, what is a community foundation? A community foundation is a tax exempt, nonprofit, publicly supported organization that empowers donors to strengthen their community, one passion at a time. The common mission of every community foundation is to enhance the quality of life in the local area. Building permanent endowment funds and using a portion of the annual income, Community foundations support a variety of local nonprofits through grants and special projects.
Author: Lauren Deiorio, Executive Director
Originally a Louisville, Kentucky native, Lauren graduated from the University of Louisville College of Business with a degree in Finance. She worked 8 years in public accounting before taking time off to start a family. As her children got older, she became involved with various local and regional non-profit organizations like the Junior League of Ocala, the Marion County Medical Society Alliance, the Florida Medical Association Alliance, Fine Arts for Ocala and the ARC Marion Foundation. During that time, she helped those organizations to restructure their finance policies and organization structure. She served on the board of directors for the Public Education Foundation of Marion County before accepting the position of Fund Development Director in November of 2011. In her current role as Executive Director of the Community Foundation, she helps to build and cultivate the relationships between potential donors and the community.