Frequently Asked Questions

What is a community foundation?
What does the Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County do?
What does the Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County fund?
How is the Community Foundation impacting our community?
How is the Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County different from other public charities?
Why give a gift to the Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County rather than give directly to my favorite charity?
How is the Community Foundation different than the United Way?
How does the Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County differ from a private foundation?
What are the differences between a donor-advised fund at a commercial financial institution, such as Fidelity or Vanguard, and a donor-advised fund at the Community Foundation for Ocala Marion County?
How do Foundation funds work?
I always thought foundations were for the wealthy. I'm not rich. Why should I think about giving a small amount through the Community Foundation?
What types of funds do you offer?
Is there a minimum gift to establish a fund?
What assets can be contributed to a fund?
Can my children or other family members get involved?
How do I make grants from my fund?
I am interested in establishing a fund, but some of my interests lie out of town. Can I recommend agencies/organizations beyond Ocala/Marion County?
Can I give anonymously?
How long does it take to get a fund established?
I want to make grants to a specific type of organization but I am not familiar with any. Can the Foundation help me identify giving opportunities?
Why Us? Why Now?