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Leadership Change Announced at Community Foundation

January 12, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:   Frank Hennessey, Chairman Phone: (313) 407-2070 Email: [email protected] NEW EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP AT THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION Ocala, FL 1/12/18 - The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County announces the retirement of Barbara Fitos as Executive Director effective February 28th and effective February 1st, the appointment of Lauren Deiorio as the new Executive Director.  Ms. Fitos will continue to provide assistance during the transition and as needed throughout the year.   The Board of Directors and Chairman Frank M. Hennessey expresses its appreciation for Barbara’s untiring dedication and commitment to the Foundation over the past six years and acknowledges her work in its development as the Foundation’s first Executive Director.  “It has been a joy and an honor to build the Foundation from its inception and I look forward to seeing the next phase of its evolution under Lauren’s leadership”, stated Ms....

Blessings of the New Year

January 1, 2018

​As we begin a new year...a message from Founding Chairman Frank Hennessey… As we celebrate this season of giving, we also pause to reflect on endings and beginnings – the end of a momentous and game changing 2017 and the promise, potential and challenges of new beginnings as 2018 unfolds.  We continue to witness the spirit of generosity, compassion and caring that is the Ocala/Marion County community through those we serve – our donors, professional advisors and non-profits - our family of endowed fund holders, partners and collaborators.   In keeping with our mission to build community through philanthropy by Connecting Donors to the Causes They Care About, the Community Foundation is honored to welcome our first Family Foundation Fund – the Edwards Construction Building Hope Foundation.  Our Legacy and Memorial Funds celebrate the passion and commitment of John Hankinson, Jr. to preserve and protect the Ocklawaha and Silver Rivers through the Hankinson Legacy Fund;...

MUNS Scholarship January 2018 Cycle

December 7, 2017

December 7, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:   Barbara Fitos Phone: (352) 804-0306 Email: [email protected]     Ocala, Fla 12/7/17 – The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County is pleased to announce the January 2018 Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship cycle. Since its inception in fall 2016, the Muns Trust has awarded $59,000 in scholarships to twenty nine (29) recipients seven (7) of which are recurring. Qualified applicants/recipients must be enrolled in a certified nursing program and commit to continued employment in an acute care hospital in Marion County two years post-graduation/licensing and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the duration of their schooling. Interested nursing students are encouraged to visit the Community Foundation website at: or visit their hospital places or employment or the schools in which they are enrolled. Complete the...

FL Chamber Foundation Hosts Transportation Summit

November 3, 2017

GLOBAL TRADE AND INNOVATION Are Florida's Transportation & Logistics Systems Prepared? "A fully autonomous transport chain will extend from loading, stowage, and sailing to unloading directly onto autonomous trains and trucks, with last-mile deliveries by drones."This is one of the projections identified in a recent study released by consultancy McKinsey & Co. on how the global liner industry can re-invent itself for the digital age. The global economy is expected to double in size throughout the next 20 years. Economic development in areas such as international trade, sea port, manufacturing, aerospace, aviation and other targeted clusters is tied directly to innovation and diversification. Can Florida adapt to increasing technology disruptions to remain globally competitive in 2030 and beyond? Join Business and Industry LeadersRegister today to hear from Sec. Mike Dew live on December 12 in Port Canaveral as we take an in-depth look at the challenges and opportunities facing...

Matching Gift Fund MCA Disaster Recovery

October 30, 2017

​10 Ways Community Foundations Are A Best-Bet For Disaster GivingKris Putnam-Walkerly of Putnam Consulting was our keynote at the Florida Philanthropic Network Summer Meeting in Naples... Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County has established a Matching Gift Fund (up to $5000) for Marion Cultural Alliance's generous donation of 50% of the proceeds from their 10th annual Applaud the Arts to benefit the Marion Disaster Recovery Network. The campaign ends on Halloween - still time to contribute!!! Another wonderful community partnership and collaboration...

TEDx Ocala Salon

September 29, 2017

Sept. 29, 2017   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Margaret Spontak 352-387-7571 [email protected]   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...

Community Foundation Matching Gift Fund for MCA/Disaster Recovery

September 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...

Legal Aid Fund Reception - Postponed

September 8, 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 [email protected] or 321-299-9618

Disaster Philanthropy Resources

September 8, 2017

     A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF THE FL PHILANTHROPIC NETWORK sharing statewide resources regarding Disaster Philanthropy Resources...Here in Ocala Marion County a focused collaborative effort is underway through our local governments, law enforcement and the non profit and civic sectors to protect our community and its citizens from this dangerous storm...with heartfelt thanks to everyone and, most importantly,  STAY SAFE OUT THERE!Friends and colleagues,As we monitor Hurricane Irma's path to and through Florida, our state's charitable sector has already begun hurricane preparedness efforts, and nonprofits and foundations are getting ready to aid communities that suffer damage from the storm.Florida Philanthropic Network is working directly with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to coordinate relief and recovery responses from the philanthropic community. Here at FPN, we've compiled disaster philanthropy resources for funders and will continue to provide updates on...

Marion County Bar Association Legal Aid Fund

July 13, 2017

​FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:   Barbara Fitos Phone: (352) 804-0306 Email: [email protected] Ocala, Fla 7/12/17 – The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County is pleased to announce the establishment of the Marion County Bar Association Legal Aid Fund.  Upon recommendation of the Legal Aid Committee of the MCBA, the members unanimously approved the creation of a first of its kind fund to provide civil legal aid services to Marion County citizens. Donations and contributions to the Fund will be legacy gifts and memorials to honor retired and deceased judges, attorneys and others in recognition of their service to the community and will serve as a repository of bequests by those in the legal profession and others in the community who champion the cause of civil legal aid to those citizens that due to low income constraints are unable to afford the services of a private attorney in civil matters. Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida (CLSMF) will be the...

Keep Mozert in Marion

April 3, 2017

       It is time for a Mozert MiracleBruce Mozert was our celebrity. His images tell our story. And his work should stay in Marion County. In the summer of 2009, I needed a large-format camera — you know, one of those accordion-style beasts that crusty newspaper folks used when they wore rumpled suits with short ties. I was in photo school at Daytona State College, and that semester was all about large-format photography. Problem was, I commuted and did not have access to the school’s stock room to rent the cameras. So I asked Bruce Mozert — THE Bruce Mozert — if he had any ideas. Bruce was a master of large- and medium-format photography. He was a certified celebrity of photography whose euphoric, funny underwater images of frolicking Floridians helped make Silver Springs an international destination. I did not know Bruce very well at the time. I had interviewed him over the years, and his longtime assistant was a good friend. But when I called him seeking advice on...

NonProfit Alliance Introduces Economic Impact Results

March 31, 2017

The NonProfit Alliance has announced the release of their economic impact research on Florida's nonprofit sector.  Executive Director Sabeen Perwaiz stated:"FNA is presenting clear and concise information on the breadth and financial scope of the nonprofit sector. We will be sharing the results with our elected officials and Chambers of Commerce across the state in the next two weeks. Our sector can now proudly state findings like, 'In 2015, the nonprofit sector and the construction industry each employed 6% of Florida’s workforce'.”Key findings include:1.      Generates $26 billion in annual wages2.      The average annual wage in state for our sector is $39,456 when we take out health and education institutions3.      Ranks 40th in the nation for nonprofit assets per capita You can review the research here. The report includes four distinct pieces:1.      One page infographic that highlights the impact of our sector across the state of Florida2.      An executive summary that...

Post-Election Conversation...

March 3, 2017

A fascinating article posted by RUTH MCCAMBRIDGE, editor of the NONPROFIT QUARTERLY...let the conversations begin...Your Nonprofit’s Role in Reframing the Post-Election Discourse By NAT KENDALL-TAYLOR AND SUSAN NALL BALES | February 16, 2017                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What should we do as members of the nonprofit sector to assess the impact of this election on the sector’s future well-being? What should we pay attention to as we try to figure out what the election means for the landscape of ideas in which we operate, the work that we do, and the goals that we strive to achieve? How are we to think of our roles in bringing communities together to improve outcomes for all people, protect habitats, and make the world a more peaceful place? How can we continue to...

APPLAUSE - Muns Scholarship Recipients Recognized

March 3, 2017

  Applause Nursing scholarships awarded by FoundationFriday, March 3, 2017 at 3:10 by Susan AllenOcala Star BannerEight Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarships of $2,000 each were recently awarded to nursing students. From left are Rasmussen College Dean Karen Guty, students Kristie Navarro, Melissa Balkcom, Luke Bishop, Ronni Carter, Lauren Dresher, Magan Watts and Cidney Williams, and Community Foundation Executive Director Barbara Fitos. Beth McCall (left), Barbara Fitos (right), flank Therese McPherson scholarship recipient Kristie Navarro.

Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarships - Spring 2017

February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:   Barbara Fitos Phone: (352) 804-0306 Email: [email protected] Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarships Awarded by The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County   Ocala, Fla 2/24/17 – The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County is pleased to announce the Spring 2017 Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship recipients.  Two of our Fall 2016 recipients were eligible again for the recurring scholarships – Aleida Martinez and Kristie Navarro.  Aleida will complete her Associates degree in Nursing at the College of Central FL in December 2017.  Kristie completed her AS in Nursing in December 2016 and is now seeking her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of Central FL.   Kristie is the recipient of the Therese V. McPherson Scholarship for nursing students who “bridge” programs toward an advanced nursing degree.   This scholarship was established by Dr. Lon McPherson, former SVP of Medical Affairs at...

Now More Than Ever...

January 8, 2017

"Other Voices" article - Ocala Star Banner, Sunday, January 8th, 2017In this Season of Giving & Beyond…Now More than Ever… Frank Hennessey, Founding Chairman As we celebrate this season of giving and usher in a new year, we also pause to reflect on endings and beginnings – the end of what was a tumultuous 2016 and the promise of new opportunities in 2017.  Much has been and will continue to be written about not only the national but global impact of the 2016 election cycle for us, our family and our community.   Yet the generosity of spirit that is the hallmark of the Ocala/Marion County community is visible now more than ever far beyond the exchange of gifts among family, friends and loved ones.  It is reflected in the Red Kettles of the Salvation Army, the “Bring the Harvest Home” food drive, the Community with a Heart and the countless efforts of our extraordinary nonprofits, civic groups and faith communities that echo the very definition of philanthropy –...

Circle of Giving/Donor Advised Funds - Ocala Star Banner

December 12, 2016

   Gail MarksJarvis/Chicago TribuneDonor-advised funds offer a way to give to charity, reap tax advantagesWhen Peggy and Stephen Goulding sold their company in Wenona, Ill., this year they decided they wanted to set aside a large sum to give to charity. For years they had been writing individual checks when attracted to charitable organizations that they thought were helping their community or global needs — everything from Doctors Without Borders to Housing Opportunities &Maintenance for the Elderly. Peggy, 62 and a dietitian, also has been volunteering for charitable causes such as food banks. But with the larger commitment to give, the couple didn't know immediately where they would want to donate all the funds. They wanted to take time to think about what they most value and seriously evaluate organizations that might receive their money. Goulding said she's second-guessed donations made in the past when she heard, "the head of the organization was living in a mansion or 60...

Year End Giving - A Message from our Founding Chairman

December 12, 2016

A message from Founding Chairman Frank Hennessey… The Community Foundation is honored to administer a family of endowed funds for individuals, families and non-profit entities.  We serve as a repository of contributions and bequests from our donors to facilitate their charitable giving… Connecting Donors to the Causes They Care About Post-election 2016, as the President-elect builds his cabinet, the focus in recent days has centered on tax policy and the potential implications for charitable giving..  As this transition continues and with it all of the uncertainties that naturally occur, now more than ever, establishing a DONOR ADVISED FUND with your Community Foundation is a vital part of your year-end giving.   Establishing a donor advised fund will enable you and your family to preserve the significant existing tax advantages to leverage your charitable giving for maximum impact.  And we take care of everything on your behalf! The Community Foundation serves donors,...

NPBC - GIVING THANKS - November 2016

December 6, 2016

​The Community Foundation was honored to present "Giving Thanks"  as the featured speaker, along with Beth McCall, newly elected School Board member and fund raising consultant extraordinaire, at the November meeting of the Non Profit Business Council.  With the approaching Thanksgiving Holiday,  #GIVING TUESDAY and of course year end campaigns the program theme of "there is no better time to give thanks"  featured excerpts from Lynne Westor - the Donor Relations Guru along with the amazing video from the ASPA... Take A Chance On Me - a must watch here.

Non Profit Business Council Holiday Social

December 5, 2016

JOIN US!​ Holiday Social WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016 5:30 – 7:30 pm Brick City Center for the Arts 23 SW Broadway Street, Ocala, Florida 34471 Hors d’oeuvres and Holiday Punch (non-alcoholic) Channel the “Artist Within” & create your own Holiday Card Masterpiece Under the watchful tutelage of artist Joan Woods Bring your favorite bottle of wine to “Sip & Share” and… colored pencils/pens (All other material and art supplies provided!)   RSVP to:  [email protected] or 352-804-0306

Addressing Homelessness in Ocala/Marion County

September 16, 2016

Community Foundation to Convene Public Private Partnership to Address Chronic Homelessness  As reported in the Ocala Star Banner , Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in conjunction with other supporting partners has embarked on a new project, SAVING MERCY, to address chronic homelessness in our community.  City Council President Jim Hilty, a member of Blessed Trinity's Endowment Board, announced his focused effort to address homelessness, especially the chronically homeless, in Ocala.  Both Blessed Trinity and Councilman Hilty recognize that for any impact to occur it will take a collaborative effort.The Community Foundation is pleased to offer its services in our role as convener to address this issue of chronic homelessness in our community.   In an initial meeting with Councilman Hilty,  it was agreed that the Community Foundation would engage with those spearheading this effort to coalesce what is being done and what needs to be done relative to public private partner engagement....

"Beyond the Dollars" Knight Foundation'S giving Day PLAYBOOK

September 8, 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

September 2, 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...

New FASB Accounting Standards for Non Profits

August 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.

Community Foundation announces Muns Scholarship Recipients

August 28, 2016

August 26, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:   Barbara Fitos Phone: (352) 804-0306 Email: [email protected] Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship Awards by The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County   Ocala, Fla 8/26/16– The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County is excited to announce the awarding of the Fall 2016 Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarships, each in the amount of $2000, to four qualified applicants: Aleida Martinez - Kristie Navarro - Kathy A. Plemmons - Maritza G. Segarra All are currently seeking degrees in nursing through the College of Central Florida Nursing Program. The scholarship presentations will be held on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2016 @ 4:30 PM at the College’s new Nursing Simulation Lab. The Community Foundation is honored to administer the Angelica G. Muns Nursing Scholarship.  Mrs. Muns, a United States Airforce Lt. Colonel, was a registered nurse who served during World War II. Her love of her military service and of her...

NonProfit Business Council Blog

January 14, 2016

THE NETWORKED NON-PROFITThe NonProfit Business Council of the Ocala Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership is honored to host a NonProfit blog at at the request of Jim Ross, Managing Editor of the Ocala Star Banner.   Members of the Steering Committee have been blogging for the past several months. The opportunity to tell the nonprofit story in our community, to offer advice and to educate on best practices is invaluable.  NonProfit Business Council The Networked Nonprofit Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 5:40 by Allison Campbell By: Barbara Fitos, Executive Director of the Ocala/Marion County Community Foundation   For our NonProfit Business Council’s annual “book club” selection for 2015, we introduced the featured book discussion – Beth Kantor’s The Networked Non-Profit. We all recognize the added value of networking and in today’s world that translates...

Community Foundation to Host Estate Planners Workshop

January 8, 2016

​The Community Foundation for Ocala Marion CountyIs Pleased to HostA Workshop for Estate PlannersCommunity Charitable Giving Through Estate PlanningTHURSDAY, JANUARY 28TH, 20167:45 - 9:00 A.M.Country Club of Ocala6823 Southeast 12th Circle, Ocala, Florida 34480We at the Community Foundation recognize that many of our donors and prospective donors have trusted relationships with their professional advisors. The Community Foundation is uniquely positioned to offer an array of charitable giving vehicles with significant tax advantages to meet your clients’ charitable giving goals both now and for legacy giving in perpetuity. We invite you to join us for breakfast for an informative discussion on the value-added partnership with your Community Foundation as we introduce our newest addition to our family of funds... The Family Foundation FundLook forward to seeing you on the 28th!KINDLY RSVP TO: [email protected] OR CALL 352-804-0306


November 18, 2015

  9 Middle Schools - 538 Students - 7 Semesters - 19 Charities/Non-Profits - $9500 in GrantsThe Community Foundation is proud to sponsor Youth Philanthropy in Action - a program of the Non-Profit Business Council of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership.  Begun in 2012, this new and innovative program was a featured story – “Generation Generous” in The Ocala Charity Register – November 2011.  Students are introduced early on to the concept of "philanthropy" and come to understand that each in their own way can make a difference in their community. The results were overwhelming in the depth of student engagement, the depth of their research, but most importantly the depth of their passion for their respective causes. The pilot was held at Blessed Trinity's 8th grade social studies classes early in 2012. Following the presentation at Blessed Trinity, the Foundation hosted an editorial board review with the Ocala Star Banner during which the...

Community Foundation To Administer Lux Trust

July 29, 2015 fund to be administered by foundationTuesday, July 14, 2015 at 4:26 by Susan Smiley-HeightThe Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County has announced that the Munroe Regional Health System District Board of Trustees has given the foundation the Paul Lux Trust Scholarship Fund to administer.The Lux Trust was given to Munroe Regional Medical Center upon the death of Paul Lux in 2005. The trust was established for scholarships for people 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 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...

Tell Stories That Drive Change - Ann Christiano

July 22, 2015

​Ann Christiano, the Frank and Betsy Karel Endowed Chair in Public Interest Communication and Professor of Public Relations at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications gave the keynote address at the FL Philanthropic Network Summer Meeting in Tampa in June. Named the 2014-2015 University of Florida Teacher of the Year, Ann's talk focused on the power of stories to drive change.She noted the work of Paul Zak, author of The Moral Molecule,  in particular the impact of social networking,  as well as the work of Charles Fernyhough whose groundbreaking book on stories and memory - Pieces of Light - is referenced here as well.  A highlight of her presentation was the remarkable story of "Immortal Fans" the branding campaign for organ donors in Brazil - home to some of the world's greatest and most passionate soccer fans.Ann Christiano will be the featured keynote speaker at the Non-Profit Business Council's fall seminar...look for more details to...

Community Foundation to Administer Paul Lux Trust Scholarship Fund

June 1, 2015

May 28, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Beth McCall Phone: (352) 427-4713 Email: [email protected] 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...

"Growing Giving"

April 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...

Non Profit Business Council

December 31, 2014

Introducing this year's featured book discussion for the Non Profit Business Council of the CEP - Beth Kantor's "The Networked NonProfit".....We all recognize the added value of networking and in today's world that translates to social media - many of us, especially in the non profit world, have only cautiously put our toes in the water while others are still standing on the shoreline fearful that the water is too cold or the waves too large...but it's time that we all immerse ourselves!   Beth tells us not only how but why...From Beth's Blog:   " Networked Nonprofits are simple and transparent organizations. They are easy for outsiders to get in and insiders to get out. They engage people to shape and share their work in order to raise awareness of social issues, organize communities to provide services or advocate for legislation. In the long run, they are helping to make the world a safer, fairer, healthier place to live."So be ready to literally "take the plunge" this year to...

Community Foundation collects $1.2 million in 2013

October 3, 2014

​By Fred Hiers, Staff writerThe Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County announced it collected more than $1.2 million during 2013 from high-end donors to distribute to area charities.The organization, which was charted in 2012, accepts donations to fund a variety of charities and organizations, such as the Ocala Symphony Orchestra, and invests and administers charitable investments for such organizations as ARC Marion Foundation.The organization does much of the research legwork for donors who know how they want their donations spent, but do not necessarily have the time or knowhow to vet charities, said Founding Chairman Frank Hennessey.“What we do is help donors discharge their philanthropic desires,” Hennessey said.In many cases, the Community Foundation invests donated money on behalf of donors, with the earnings going toward charities that fit the individual donors’ goals. Those goals include helping local, start-up companies to get bank loans and helping female...

Accelerate Ocala First Step Fund

October 3, 2014

​The Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Accelerate Ocala First Step Fund, LLC.  This Fund will serve as the primary funding source to support cash collateral loans and loan guarantees to qualified business start-ups in Ocala/Marion County.Created as a 501(c) (3) not for profit/evergreen fund, Accelerate Ocala First Step Fund LLC (FSF) will address the gap in access to capital through traditional lending channels at the incubator or formation stage for start-up companies. Through a partnership with the Bankers’ Roundtable, the First Step Fund will provide access to critical seed capital to qualified start-up businesses.   The goal of the First Step Fund is to support entrepreneurs in creating commercially viable and sustainable companies with the expressed purpose of job creation and the economic leverage of revenue generation for our community.By establishing the FSF as a not for profit, a unique partnership is thereby created between...