MISSION

Mission

 

The Lake Community Foundation's mission is to provide a community foundation through which philanthropists can support their favorite charities and to use its endowments for the benefit of the community.

 

Lake Community Foundation 
~ A Community Foundation

Community foundations serve their local communities by:

  • managing permanent funds for charitable individuals, families, corporations, 
    and nonprofit organizations

  • allowing for donor-directed distributions to specific charities

  • distributing grants to worthwhile causes in the name of the donor

  • being governed by a board of community leaders who know the needs of the community

  • responding to changing needs with flexibility

 
 

Community Giving

 

Donations

Donors choose to work with a Community Foundations

  • to take advantage of the tax benefits of planned giving

  • to simplify their giving

  • to leave a legacy for generations to come

Donors using Lake Community Foundation are able to choose among a number of funds options to benefit their favorite charities, such as:

  • Donor Advised Funds

  • Unrestricted Gifts

  • Designated Beneficiary Funds

  • Field of Interest Funds. In addition,

  • Charitable Gift Annuities

  • Deferred Charitable Gift Annuities

  • Charitable Remainder Trusts

 

 

New donor-advised funds can be set up with a contribution as little as $5,000 ($25,000 minimum for the new donor-advised endowed fund or $50,000 for other named designated endowment funds). And there are never any out of pocket costs/fees for establishing a new fund. You may make a contribution of any size to an existing fund.

 

Click here to visit the Community Foundation of Central Florida’s Knowledge Base, a searchable database of information about Central Florida nonprofit organizations.

 

 
 

Directors

Tom L. Hofmeister, Chairman

Tom has over 35 years of experience in Central Florida as business owner, entrepreneur, and community leader, with a reputation for vision, integrity, and performance. Some of his  many areas of expertise include establishing corporate relationships, corporate staffing, financial infrastructure, and creating lucrative business opportunities. Tom’s Guiding Principal: Being fortunate enough to make money affords us the privilege of giving back and helping others. 

Robert D. White, Secretary

Bob White is a native of Lake County and Executive Vice President of The First National Bank of Mount Dora. He has been with the bank for 24 years. A graduate of Florida State University, White has served on a number of local boards including Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce and Florida Hospital Waterman. He also served as Chair/Co-Chair of the Mount Dora Bicycle Festival.

 

Richard A. Paul, Treasurer

Paul is a native Floridian and a retired Certified Public Account and Certified Value analyst. He has served as Treasurer and member on the North Lake Hospital District.

Mark Brewer, Director

Brewer is President and CEO of the Central Florida Foundation and a member of the Advisory Board of the Donors Forum of Central Florida.

 

John Feldman, Director

Feldman is a member of the American, North Carolina, Florida and Lake County Bar Associations. He is a practicing Board Certified Wills, Trusts and Estates attorney with the law firm of Cauthen & Feldman, PA in Tavares, Florida. He specializes on estate planning, probate, taxation, real estate, and business law.

Dean Guy, Director

Dean has been a resident of Lake County for over thirty years. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University; his graduate studies were at the University of Texas.  In addition to his service in the US Army Counter Intelligence Corps, Dean’s corporate career includes working with the Tidewater Oil Company, Container Corp of America, American Cryogenics, and Burdett Oxygen Company; he was the Founder and President of Central Oxygen and Supply. Dean is a Past Commodore of the Mount Dora Yacht Club and Past International President of the Antique and Classic Boat Society. Dean has served as Chairman, President, Executive Committee or Committee Member of Florida Hospital Waterman (Board, Foundation and Foundation Finance), the Lake Eustis Institute, Mount Dora Friends of the Library, Leisure Point, as well as the Lake Community Foundation.

Margo S. Odum, Director

Odom has lived her entire life in Florida. She recently retired from century Link as the Regional Director of External Affairs. Margo Odom received her BA from the University of South Florida and her MA degree from Rollins College. She serves on Lake Sumter State College’s District Board of Trustees of which she is past Chair, on the LSSC Foundation, the Educational Foundation of Lake County, and the Umatilla Citrus Growers Association.

John R. Prickett, Jr. Director

Jack Prickett has owned Prickett Properties since 1973. He specializes in commercial and net lease properties in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. He received his BA degree from Louisiana State University and his MA from Emory University. Prickett is past president of the Lake County Board of Realtors.

Ann Huffstetler Rou, Director

Rou is a life-long resident of Eustis, Florida where she has continued her parents’ involvement in the civic, religious, and philanthropic life of the community. She is a sustaining member of the Eustis Service League, and she was the organizing president of the Eustis Band Shell Society. Rou has served as a trustee for the Florida Hospital Waterman Foundation for over twenty years.

Keith Shamrock, Director

A long-time Florida resident, Keith Shamrock is a graduate of Stetson University. He has served as president of the Eustis Chamber of Commerce, the Eustis Kiwanis Club, and the Lake County Board of Realtors. He was the broker/owner of Keith Shamrock Realty and the owner/president of Shamrock Homes.

George Warren Jr., Director

George Warren is the owner of Bay and Lake Pharmacies, a long-established business in Eustis, Florida. Warren has been a local independent pharmacist for over 30 years and is a member of the National Community Pharmacist Association, American Pharmacy Association, and the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

Anita Young, Director

Anita Young has completed her 30th year of employment at AdventHealth Waterman, formerly known as Florida Hospital Waterman.  She was appointed as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in April 2016.  Her prior roles include serving as President and Chief Development Officer, Florida Hospital Waterman Foundation, since 1996 and Director of Development from 1988 until 1996.  Prior to the Foundation, Anita worked in various healthcare-related capacities at East Carolina University  and Methodist Healthcare Systems of Memphis, TN.

Dalton Yancey, Director

Dalton Yancey, a graduate of the University of Florida and active alumnus, recently retired from a 35-year career of advocacy for the interests of American agriculture. He represented the interests of sugarcane farmers and citrus growers. He currently owns and operates a small citrus grove in north Lake County and manages family businesses.

Philosophy

 

Philanthropists feel good about doing good when they establish charitable community funds and endowments at the Lake Community Foundation.

 

They are assured a secure place for their charitable donations where funds and endowments are grown and preserved according to prudent investment principles. Philanthropists also benefit from the combined wisdom of a board of directors who are local community leaders and recognize the needs of their community.

 

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