Donna Marino currently serves as the statewide development director for The Florida Bar Foundation. Her responsibilities include strategic planning and implementation of all of the Foundation’s giving programs, including the Fellows program, annual giving, major gifts and planned giving. Her work helps the Foundation provide funding that links 30 legal services programs statewide to form a comprehensive, statewide delivery system.
Donna is experienced in all areas of fundraising, including advisory board management, capital campaigns, major gift solicitation and planned giving. Her enthusiastic, inspired and creative approach contributes to the success of the Foundation’s philanthropic objectives.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2014, Donna spent seven years advocating for access to education at the Valencia Foundation and with Valencia College as part of the college and community relations team.
In September 2009, Donna was awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation and later obtained her certificate in proposal writing from Rollins College’s Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. She served as Central Florida President for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, board member with the American Association for Women in Community Colleges and was a member of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
She is currently a member of the Southeastern Council of Foundations and the Management Information Exchange for Legal Aid and has presented at the national Management Information Exchange for Legal Aid fundraising conference.
Donna has a master’s in business administration from Belhaven University, a bachelor’s in business management from the University of Central Florida and an associate’s degree from Valencia College.