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.

Community Giving


Donors choose to work with a Community Foundations

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

Benefits to the donor include. . . more


Getting started is as easy as making a phone call: 352.357.7259

We will work with you. We will take the time to listen to your goals and answer your questions. We will explore the best options for you based on your age, financial situation and charitable objectives.


New donor advised funds can be set up with a contribution as little as $5,000 ($25,000 minimum for 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 for information about Central Florida nonprofit organizations.







LifeStream Behavioral Center and the Lake Community Foundation are partnering to provide a new, homeless drop in center in Lake County.


LifeStream, as the lead agency, will provide and staff a facility in Eustis where the homeless can clean up with showers and laundry machines while their belongings are safely stowed in lockers. People using the center also will be able to connect with family and service agencies through limited phone and internet access and meeting with service organizations representatives.


The foundation’s Homeless Giving Circle was formed when a LCF director was frustrated in trying to help a homeless young woman with basic necessities and information. Ann Huffstetler Rou, the LCF director, has a reputation for getting things done. She was the driving force in the Eustis Band Shell restoration, so she urged the foundation’s board to form a Giving Circle to help fund a homeless project. Members of the Giving Circle would pledge funds and time to a project they would select. They selected LifeStream’s plan for a drop in center as their project.


LifeStream presently has two transitional homeless shelters and its Director of Development, B.E. Thompson has been the president of the Mid Florida Homeless Coalition for several years. Thompson was recently appointed by Governor Rick Scott as president of the Florida Homeless Coalition and hopes the drop in center will serve as a state model.


The drop in center will be directed by an advisory committee. Serving on that committee will be: two representatives from LifeStream, one from the Lake Community Foundation and one from the foundation’s Giving Circle, one Eustis City Commissioner and one service provider appointed by the Mid Florida Homeless Commission.


There is an on-going need for financial donations and volunteer assistance. Please call the foundation office for information at 352.357.7259.