For several years, the Guide to Charitable Giving has served as a valuable resource for people in Marion County who are looking for ways to explore their passion for giving back to their community. The resource, brought to you by the NonProfit Business Council, a program of the Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County, in partnership with Ocala Style, includes lists of more than 100 nonprofit organizations as well as articles throughout these pages to provide inspiration and promote thoughtful giving.
We extend an open invitation for membership in the council to all designated 501(c)(3) nonprofits in Marion County. Joining the council and participating in the programming is not only a great way to stay abreast of the latest in best practices in nonprofit management but also enjoy perks such as expanded listings in the guide.
The council expects that in the coming years, our area nonprofit groups will experience many challenges as they strive to meet the needs of our growing community. In response to those challenges, the council hopes to provide support promoting the positive impact of nonprofits in our community, strengthening their capacity in areas of leadership, fundraising, board development and staff development.
But our community plays an even larger role in guaranteeing the good work of nonprofit organizations continues well into the future by being intentional about giving their support.
How, you may ask?
One way could be through the transfer of wealth from one generation to the next. A transfer of wealth study published five years ago is being updated for the state of Florida. Preliminary results show that in the next 10 years, $884 billion will transfer from one generation to the next in Florida. Traditionally, wealth transfer has been thought of as an option for only high net-worth donors and families. Today, however, many more families of various incomes are in position to contribute, even modestly, to the betterment of their community.
With this in mind, I would ask every citizen of Marion County this question: What would happen if we committed just 5% of the wealth we intend to transfer to our heirs to organizations that are working tirelessly to improve our community? The result would be healthy, happy and vibrant hometown for us all.
As you read this year’s Guide to Charitable Giving and familiarize yourself with the wide array of local nonprofits, think of the many ways you can get involved. The Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County is here to act as a guide and connect you to causes and community initiatives where you can make a difference.
Whether you choose to financially support a cause, volunteer your time, or both, together we can build a stronger community one passion at a time. And the best part is the joy and satisfaction you get in return, along with the knowledge that you are helping your neighbors build a strong foundation for the future.
President & Executive Director,
Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County