The Mount Dora Community Trust provides funds to assist with various issues important to our community with more than over 60 funds, endowments, and trusts. See below for a full list of the funds currently offered by the Trust.
Types of Funds:
General Philanthropic Funds
These funds are an easy choice for donors who want to support local causes but wish to leave their selection and grant conditions to the Trust’s Distribution Committee.
MOUNT DORA GENERAL PHILANTHROPIC FUND
Disbursements from the general fund are made at the discretion of the Distribution Committee and designated for educational, charitable or benevolent purposes within the Mount Dora area.
ROBERT MORTON ENDOWMENT
This fund was established as a memorial to Robert Morton, who was active in Mount Dora civic affairs and a long-time supporter of Mount Dora Community Trust.
Agency funds are organized for the funding of an agency or organization through charitable donations.
CORNERSTONE HOSPICE FUND
The mission of Cornerstone Hospice is to make quality hospice care available to all persons, their families, and those affected by death and dying in our community; to advocate effectively for patients’ comfort, dignity and choice; and to be recognized as the leading resource in clinical, ethical, and spiritual issues of dying and grief. The Endowment for Cornerstone Hospice here at MDCT is to provide perpetual giving to its organizational needs while the principal of donations to this fund, stay intact.
LAKE CARES COMMUNITY FUND
Lake Cares Food Pantry has been serving the community since 2009. In 2019 they served 51,760 individuals and distributed over 15,000 pounds of food each week. The LCFP Board of Directors have created this endowment as a means for donors to give perpetually and ensure Lake Cares is around for decades to come.
OMEGA LAMBDA GAMMA FUND
Omega Lambda Gamma (ΩΛΓ) is a program put together by MDPD and MDHS for MDHS students. This organization seeks to keep student athletes on track socially and academically in order to obtain scholarship and excel in potential college programs. This fund supports their operations and student scholarships.
Donor Advised Funds
Donor advised funds provide a flexible way to contribute assets over time and recommend grants for the local charities and causes you most want to support. While IRS regulations require the Trust’s governing body to maintain ultimate legal control over distributions, the Committee takes donor recommendations into consideration.
ARMES CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
This charitable foundation was established by Bob and Linda Armes to further the community.
CAREY BAKER CHARITABLE FUND
Established by Senator Carey Baker from excess campaign funds for philanthropic, educational scholarships and public interest bequests for the local community and state of Florida.
THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK FUND
Established to provide assistance to families in need.
FIRST PENINSULA CHARITABLE FUND
The First Peninsula Charitable Fund was started for the benefit of the local community.
GUENTHER FAMILY FOUNDATION
Created by the Guenther Family of G3 Development to provide support and philanthropic funds to the most deserving parts our community.
JOY PRODUCTIONS FOUNDATION
This foundation benefits Joy Productions, an organization aimed at improving the lives of special needs children through agriculture and other activities.
THE KLINGBEIL FAMILY CHARITABLE FUND
Created up by Mr. and Mrs. William Klingbeil to assist the needs with in the community.
LEFTY’S HOPES & DREAMS FUND
This fund, created by James “Lefty” Bruce, focuses on assisting first responders as well as veterans and their families.
MAC & LAV. CLAYTON FOUNDATION
Founded by Ozell Ward and Dale Clayton in memory of their parents, this fund assists educational, cultural, and social activities in Northeast Mount Dora
RICH CRITTERS FUND
The Rich Critters Fund was established by Marie Rich for animal welfare and it continues that goal today helping provide spay and neuter programs in addition to giving assistance to low income families with pets by providing pet food.
SAMUEL LENNARDSON FUND
This fund was started by generous donors for the benefit of education and service causes in the local community.
TOUCHSTONE COMMUNITY FIRST FOUNDATION
This foundation was created by the broker and owner of Touchstone, Addie Owens. A percentage of the commission on “Community First Homes” sold by Touchstone aids in various causes for the community.
THE WILLIAMS FUND
Steve, Marcus and Sam Williams initiated this fund primarily for education, youth activities, and scouting.
Field of Interest Funds
This group of funds is ideal for donors passionate about specific issues, such as education, healthcare, the arts, religious instruction or any other that may be important to the community.
A. LEE FRENCH FAMILY TRUST
The A. Lee French Family Trust is to be used exclusively for the use and benefit of a charitable organization which provides care for domestic or wild animals, or birds, for a public or charitable purpose, and not operated for profit. Any such organization shall be exempt from Federal Taxes under IRC Section 501(c)(3), in order to be a recipient of a distribution from this Trust.
GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT VISUAL ART FUND
The local Girls’ Night Out group provides periodic donations to this fund through Mount Dora Community Trust to fund visual arts projects of their choosing in the surrounding area. This fund came to be after the group realized there were greater causes than their gift exchanges and instead shifted their focus to charitable donations celebrating the fact that anyone can make a difference.
LIVERIGHT ENDOWMENT FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Originally founded in 2007, this endowment helps fund performing arts in the local community.
MOUNT DORA FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT FUND
This Fund was created to provide support for environmental issues, and specifically to promote and maintain the planting of trees within Mount Dora city limits. The fund wishes to aid the City and private residents in cultivating the local tree canopy. If you are a property owner in Mount Dora and would like to apply to be a tree recipient through the Live Oak Tree Grant please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit their website and select the ‘Ways To Give / Tree Grant Info’ section.
BIBLE EXPLORER FUND
Established by the First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora to assist benevolent needs in the community of Mount Dora and its surrounding areas.
FRANK BROWN YOUTH FUND
Established by Frank Brown to provide funds for projects that benefit the Mount Dora youth between the ages of eight (8) and eighteen (18).
HAGERTY SWIM TRUST
This trust was established to provide funds for the support of competitive swimming for youth in the Mount Dora area.
LIVERIGHT ENDOWMENT FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
This endowment will assist and promote live performances of the performing arts (preferably classical and/or church music) sponsored or produced by non-profit and/or religious organizations headquartered within the city limits of Mount Dora.
MAGGIE EVANS FUND
Maggie Evans left special provisions in her Last Will and Testament for the creation of a sub-fund for the benefit of assisting lesser-known organizations whose mission is to care for abandoned, abused, or neglected animals.
MOUNT DORA CONCERT FOUNDATION
Established by the Mount Dora Community Concert Association to provide financial assistance to Mount Dora area students for music education in the form of camps, seminars/workshops, scholarships or other musical related areas.
Designated Beneficiary Funds
This fund group is perfect for donors who want to benefit particular groups or organizations dear to them.
ALICE EDGAR MEMORIAL FUND
Established by Samuel W. Edgar in honor of his wife to provide benefit to Hospice of Lake & Sumter, Inc., Golden Triangle YMCA, Mount Dora Public Library, and the Congregational Church of Mount Dora.
BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS FUND
This fund raises money through an annual tea fundraiser – “Pink Tea”. It was created by concerned women to assist those women in Lake County in financial need to purchase mammograms or other medical assistance.
CHAPLAIN DISCRETIONARY FUND
This fund was created exclusively for the use and operation of the Lake County Sheriff’s Chaplains.
CHARLES EDGERTON MEMORIAL FOUNTAIN ENDOWMENT FUND
Established to provide income for the maintenance of the Charles Edgerton Memorial Fountain in Donnelly Park.
FIRST ROBOTICS TEAM 1557 “12 VOLT BOLT”
FIRST Robotics Team 1557 “12 Volt Bolt” is an inclusive organization made up of students and their mentors from throughout Lake County, Florida. They promote science and technology while developing life, career, and leadership skills. They build robots, but also build relationships. The mentors volunteer their time and help the students fundraise to assist in the costs of building robots for competitions.
GOLF ASSOCIATION ENDOWMENT FUND
The Gold Association Endowment Fund provides funding support for the Mount Dora Golf Club.
HAROLD AND JANET ESCH ENDOWMENT FUND
Provide grants and/or scholarship funds to the Christian Home and Bible School, home program.
LAKE COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER FUND
This fund accepts donations from the public to assist in the construction of the new Lake County Animal Shelter in Mount Dora.
LAKES & HILLS GARDEN CLUB
Established to provide scholarship funds for a student studying Horticulture, Landscaping, Natural Land and Chemical Sciences.
LIGHTHOUSE WALK ENDOWMENT FUND
Established to provide for maintenance for the lighthouse area at Gilbert Park.
MARTENSEN, REID, AND GARDNER MEMORIAL FUND
In honor of Leon C. Martensen, Rena M. Reid, and Helen F. Gardner, this endowment fund was established by Ms. Reid in her estate planning. Its purpose is to provide for recreational facilities in east Mount Dora.
MORGAN LYNN ROMANO FUND (FS496.414)
The fund was established for collection of funds given to assist with extreme medical needs for Morgan Lynn Romano.
MOUNT DORA LAWN BOWLING FUND
This fund was established to receive charitable gifts on behalf of the Mount Dora Lawn Bowling Club.
MOUNT DORA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ENDOWMENT FUND
Gifts and bequests to benefit Mount Dora’s W. T. Bland Public Library.
MOUNT DORA SISTER CITIES ENDOWMENT FUNDS I and II
Established by members of the Mount Dora Sister Cities Association to promote goodwill between Mount Dora and her Sister City of Forres, Scotland. The second fund was created by Donald McPeek to be used only for student travels to Sister Cities.
MOUNT DORA YACHT CLUB
Depository for contributions made for the furtherance of sailing in the Mount Dora area.
RILEIGH HANSON JOURNEY FUND (FS496.414)
This fund was initiated by supporters of Rileigh Hanson, a young woman battling lymphoma. All donations and earnings go to her medical care.
SERENITY PARK FUND
Serenity Park is a project at the corner of 9th Avenue and Tremain Street in Mount Dora. Under Ms. Mary Miller and friends leadership, they saw potential to add greenery, beauty, and serenity to yet another area of Mount Dora. This Sub Trust provides tax-exempt status to donors and help the parks renovation.
STEIN PARK ENDOWMENT FUND
Much like Serenity Park, Mr. Bill Carpenter aims to improve Stein Park off of Heim Road. He and the residents near Lakeshore have adopted the park.