April 9, 2014
Dear donors, supporters and friends of the ARC Marion (Hope) Foundation,
The ARC Marion board of directors decided to take a more active role in their own fundraising activities and voted to manage all fundraising efforts on their behalf. They have chosen to no longer utilize the foundation fundraising model for their benefit.
Due to this reorganization, the ARC Marion Foundation board of directors voted today to dissolve as an organization effective May 1, 2014. All tangible possessions of the Foundation are in the process of being sold, and all financial assets of the Foundation are being moved to the Community Foundation of Ocala/Marion County to be used for scholarships to financially support nonresidential developmentally and intellectually disabled individuals in need of services from ARC Marion. For several years the Foundation has funded more than $25,000 a year for 18 clients, and should there remain a need, those individuals will continue to receive their scholarship funding for the next six to eight years.
Additionally, the board of directors of the ARC Marion Foundation has established an Endowment Fund within the Community Foundation to be used for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities in our community. Should you be interested in contributing to this fund in the future, enclosed is more information about that endeavor.
Also as a part of the reorganization, we will not have the annual Hog for Hope™ event this year. We would like to say a huge “thank you” to the hundreds who have supported this hugely successful event that has netted more than $750,000 over the past 12 years!
Countless individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities have been positively impacted due to your support for the Foundation over the years. So from those who often are unable to share their own gratitude, we say a huge thank you for your dedicated commitment to giving your time, talents and treasures to benefit clients at ARC Marion.
Carmen Maines Allison Campbell, APR
President, Board of Directors Executive Director