Suggested Funds

Suggested Funds of our Community Foundation

Anyone can make a gift to the Foundation.  Donors come from a variety of backgrounds with a common commitment to the community's well-being. Whether creating a named fund, contributing to an existing fund, making a gift in memory of a friend or loved one, or making an unrestricted gift to operational funds for our region, every person in the community can make a difference.

Below is a list of suggested funds at Sumter Sunshine Community Foundation listed by area of interests.  It is our idea to replace these suggested funds with established funds that best match our donor’s intentions with the needs of our community.


Webster Community Fund

Bushnell Community Fund

Leesburg Community Foundation

Tavares Community Foundation

Wildwood Community Fund

The Villagers’ Community Trust

TEE Foundation

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Arts, Culture & Humanities Fund

Leesburg Center for the Arts

Mt. Dora Center for the Arts

Young Performing Artists – Wildwood

Performing Arts of Lake, Marion and Sumter Counties

Lake Philharmonic Orchestra

SSCF Fund for Arts & Humanities

Instruments for Interested Youth

Building Arts & Humanities for Kids

SSCF Science-Discovery Center Fund

SSCF Art Museum Fund

Sumter County Aquatics Center Fund

Basic Human Needs & Healthcare

Basic Human Needs & Healthcare Fund

Angel Flight, Inc.

Named Memorial Fund

Catholic Charities of Central Florida, Inc.
Crisis Center Fund

Connection Helpline

Haven of Lake & Sumter Counties

Refuge at Jumpers Creek

Endowment for Community Health

Florida Health Foundation Fund
Breadbasket Fund

SSCF Community Clinic Expendable Fund
Community Clinic Endowed Fund
Florida Health Foundation Fund

Hearts & Hands Ministeries

Habitat for Humanity
Lake & Sumter Emergency Shelter Fund
Good Samaritan Fund
Lake-Sumter Community Health Foundation

Sumter Back to School Fund 
Lake-Sumter Medical Society
Love INC of the Heart of Florida

Lake Community Action Agency

Society of St. Vincent DePaul

Central Florida Healthcare Alliance

Florida Hospital Waterman

SSCF Public Health Endowment Fund

Homeless Coaltion of Lake & Sumter Counties

We Care of Lake County

Sumter County Emergency Shelter Fund

St. Jude Research Hospital

Ronald McDonald House


Building Healthy Families

Building Healthy Families Fund

LifeStream Foundation Fund
Habitat for Humanity- Legacy Club Fund

LCPD Employee Assistance Fund

St. Paul De Vincent Society
United Way of Lake and Sumter County 
Named Family Foundation

Devereux Kids

Lake County Safe Climate Coalition

Fairy Godmothers Fund
Fairy Godmothers Grants Fund

The Connection Helpline Inc.

SSCF Public Health Endowment Fund

Children & Youth

Safety Equipment for Kids in Need

Food for Kids in Need

Classroom Supplies for Teachers in Need

School Supplies for Kids in Need

Lake County Shared Services Network

Lake County Children’s Services

Early Learning Coalition of Lake County

Sumter County Youth Center

Boys & Girls Club of Lake and Sumter Counties

Sumter County Children’s Advocacy Coalition

Devereux Kids

Lake Panosoffkee Neighborhood Project

Take Stock in Children of Lake and Sumter Counties

Lake Sumter Children’s Advocacy

SSCF Children’s Fund

SSCF Fund for Education & Youth

Sumter County Children’s Fund

Youth Impacting Community Endowed Fund 

B.A.C.A. – Biker’s Against Child Abuse Fund

Sumter County Baseball Association Fund

Named Memorial Fund

Lake County Tennis Fund

The Villagers’ Youth Golf Fund


Foster Kids Transition Program

Sumter Teachers’ Supply Fund

Humane Treatment of Animals

Humane Treatment of Animals 

Named Fund for Animal Welfare
Named Charitable Fund

Preservation, Conservation & Beautification

Community Preservation, Conservation & Beautification

Sumter Scenic Heritage Byway

SSCF Historical Society Fund

Sons & Daughters of the Confederacy Fund

Dade Battlefield Endowment Fund

SSCF Wildlife Conservation  &  Zoo Fund

Special Needs

Special Needs Fund

SSCF Fund for the Developmentally Challenged

New Vision for Independence

Beacon College Scholarship Fund

Beacon College Fund

Sunrise Arc

Deaf & Hearing Services of Lake & Sumter Counties

Scholarships & Education

Doris Ragan Scholarship

Beacon College Scholarship Fund

Sumter Scholarship Fund

Sumter Educational Foundation Fund

Sumter Applemart Fund

Lake Scholarship Fund

Lake-Sumter State College

Take Stock in Children

Vocational Education Scholarship Fund

FSU Scholarship Fund

UCF Scholarship Fund

Community Development & Leadership

Doris Ragan Community Fund

Lake-Sumter Grantsmanship Network

Leesburg Partnership Fund

Leadership Program Fund

YES! Fund (Youth Empowerment for Success)
YES Endowed Fund (Youth Empowerment for Success)

Pass Through Funds

Safety Equipment for Kids in Need

Food for Kids in Need

Classroom Supplies for Teachers in Need

School Supplies for Kids in Need

Elder Care and Support Services

Homecare & Hospice Fund

Alzheimers Family Organization

SSCF Fund for the Elderly


Memory Care Fund


Veteran Recognition and Support

Veterans Organization of Resource and Recovery for the Homeless (V.O.R.R.H.)

HOPE Foundation

Salvation Army
American Legion
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Disabled American Veterans
Military Order of Purple Hearts
Vietnam Veterans Association

SSCF Support

SSCF Founders Fund
SSCF Operations Endowed Fund

Religious Organizations

Sumter Sunshine Ministerial Fund

Sumter/Lake Jewish Community Fund

Genesis Center Fund

St. Timothy’s Catholic Student Center Endowment
Henry & Shirley Wassenberg Endowment for the St. Timothy Catholic Church
First Congregational UCC Fund

St. Paul’s Youth Enrichment Fund

St. Paul’s Scholarship Fund

First Academy Youth Enrichment Fund

First Academy Scholarship Fund

Franciscan Missions Association

United Methodist Youth Mission Fund


Donor Advised Community Support

Lincoln & Dorothy Deihl Advised Fund
Nelson & Marilyn Galle Donor Advised Fund
Goldstein Community Fund
Jack & Joann Goldstein Charitable Funds
James & Debra Gordon Advised Fund
Phil & Margaret Howe Fund
Citizen’s First Bank Fund
Kingdom Building Fund
Dennis & Rhonda Mullin Advised Fund
Donald & Hazel Parrish Fund
Reitz Family Fund
William L. Richter Endowment
Marvin Robinson Fund
Ryan W. Sloan Memorial Fund
Central Beef Community Fund
Sabal Trust Advised Fund

Unrestricted Funds

Greatest Impact Fund
Fund for Greater Sumter County - Expendable
Fund for Greater Sumter County - Endowed
Named Fund for the Community
SSCF Trustees Endowed Fund