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About Our Trust


We all share one primary goal – giving back to our community

Established in 1972, the Mount Dora Community Trust is a tax-exempt charitable organization created to provide the local community with funding for public educational, charitable, or benevolent projects and purposes.

Our mission is to provide outreach programs to schools, charities, and civic causes through the generous actions and financial support of Mount Dora residents and businesses committed to promoting the community’s unity and prosperity.

Would you like to be a part of this important cause? To find out how to help secure a bright and vibrant future for Mount Dora, please click here.

The Impact of Our Trust

over $8.6
million

awarded since founding

over $190
thousand

awarded in 2017

over $200
thousand

awarded to community projects


We are change-makers dedicated to improving our community.

Who is the Mount Dora Community Trust?

The Trust is composed of citizens whose collective goal is to safeguard and advance the community through support for local education, youth sports and activities, and benevolent causes assisting those in need.

These civic-minded individuals and businesses have united to assure a thriving future for our community by performing the following functions:

Investments

The First National  Bank first formed the Community Trust in 1972 with a matching donation from Mr. Lawrence Williams, who was at the time anonymous. Since then, The First National Bank of Mount Dora has maintained its relationship as Trustee of the Community Trust,  using the expertise necessary to invest and manage all funds established.

The First National Bank of Mount Dora oversees the administration and investment of the Trust’s funds. John Pease IV, Senior Vice President and Trust Investment Officer, oversees the investments with Elizabeth “Susie” Pelfrey as the Portfolio Manager.

Grants

This function is carried out by our distribution team:

  1. A City of Mount Dora Council-member
  2. A member of the Board of the Chamber of the Commerce
  3. A member of the Ministerial Association of Mount Dora
  4. A rotating seat among the local service clubs (Rotary, Lions and Kiwanis)
  5. A member of The First National Bank of Mount Dora’s Board of Directors

Our Team


Rob English
Executive Director
Rob.English@MDCTrust.org


Sarah Herrick
Grant and Scholarship Manager
Sarah.Herrick@MDCTrust.org

Tabitha Moore
Administrative Coordinator
and Office Manager
Tabitha.Moore@MDCTrust.org

Our Distribution Committee

Left to Right:
Sam Sadler – First National Bank Representative
Pastor Tom Biery – Ministerial Association (First Presbyterian)
Kim Stewart – Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce
Laurie Tillett – Mount Dora City Council
Glenn Brown – Mount Dora Lions Club

How You Can Help

For our partnership with the community to grow even stronger, we need your help. Please remember us in your charitable contributions and your estate planning. We are happy to work with you and/or your attorney, accountant, or financial advisor.

One of our previous members said it best:

“There is no greater satisfaction than doing something for someone you will never know, and no greater reward than seeing the benefits of your generosity take hold.”

With questions about how you can help promote better education, youth programs, and assistance to our community in Mount Dora, please contact Grant and Scholarship Manager Kevin J. Batliner at info@MountDoraCommunityTrust.com.

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Resources

Our quarterly newsletter highlights how your grants and donations enrich our community.

Review how the MDCT manages and dispenses its funds to local projects each year.