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Community Trust

What is the Mount Dora Community Trust?

Mount Dora Community Trust

The Mount Dora Community Trust is a non-profit organization established in 1972 to help our community. The First National Bank of Mount Dora serves as Trustee of funds that are donated to support community activities and charitable organizations providing services to our community. The Mount Dora Community Trust serves a vital role in today’s society as we watch public funds shrink and community needs increase.

The Mount Dora Community Trust benefits everyone in Mount Dora

Benefiting Schools…

  • Junior Achievement
  • Aileen Joiner Scholarship
  • Mount Dora Middle School
  • MDHS – School-to-Work-Program
  • PowerOne Technology Fund
  • John Liptak, Jr. Basketball Scholarship
  • Frank Brown Scholarship Fund for Umatilla High School & Christian Home & Bible School
  • Dennis Junior Golf Scholarship
  • Take Stock in Children
  • Kelly Bodnaruk Scholarship
  • See Memorial Scholarship
  • Liz Perrett Scholarship
  • Hagerty Memorial Scholarship
  • Beacom Memorial Scholarship
  • Brown Memorial Scholarship
  • Round Lake Elementary Scholarship
  • Harold & Janet Esch Endowment Fund
  • Susan Weinstock Memorial Scholarship
  • Lake Technical Center

Benefiting the public…

  • Carpenter House for Children
  • Mount Dora Library
  • Alzheimer’s Helpers
  • Ice House Players
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Center for the Arts
  • Mount Dora Children’s programs
  • Community Concert Association
  • Mount Dora’s “Art in Public Places”
  • Mount Dora Historical Society
  • Florida Lakes Symphony Orchestra
  • Mother J Productions
  • Northeast Community Redevelopment Agency
  • Hospice of Lake & Sumter
  • Sunrise ARC
  • Mount Dora Music Festival
  • Haven of Lake and Sumter
  • Mount Dora Community Building
  • Debbie’s Doorstep
  • Lake Cares Food Pantry

Since 1972, Mount Dora Community Trust has awarded approximately $7 million in grants for the cumulative good of our community. In 2002, Mr. Kevin Batliner, Grant and Scholarship Manager, was challenged to grow community support and the organization’s approximate $5 million trust. To date, the Mount Dora Community Trust assets now total over $12 million.

Due to this growth, an office was purchased in 2015 for operation of the Community Trust. The newly renovated office sits just a few blocks from the bank in the heart of Mount Dora. If you are interested in donating to the Mount Dora Community Trust, or would like to find out how the Community Trust may benefit your organization, please stop by for a tour or give us a call.


The Mount Dora Community Trust is now located at:

821 North Donnelly Street, Mount Dora, FL 32757

Hours of Operation: 9:00am – 2:00pm, Monday – Thursday. The office is closed Fridays.

Office phone: 352-383-2150

Kevin Batliner: 352-267-0957 (in office on Thursday mornings)

If you would like a meeting or a tour outside of normal business hours, please call ahead and we will gladly schedule an appointment.

For assistance outside of normal business hours, please leave a message at 352-383-2150 and we will return your call the next business day during regular hours. You may also send an email to:


As you can imagine, there are always more requests for funds than we have available to award. The Distribution Committee of the Mount Dora Community Trust works diligently to distribute the funds for the greatest benefit to our community. We appreciate the time and hard work of these volunteers:

  • Sam Sadler III, First National Bank of Mount Dora Board of Directors
  • Kim Stewart, Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce
  • John Stewart, Kiwanis Club of Mount Dora
  • Tom Baker, Mount Dora Ministerial Association
  • Laurie Tillett, Mount Dora City Council

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll free, 1-800-435-7352 or by logging on to and entering “Mount Dora Community Trust”.


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