Foundation taps Donna Marino to lead development efforts


Donna Marino, CFRE, Florida Bar Foundation development manager, can be reached at (800) 541-2195 or [email protected].

Donna Marino, CFRE, has joined The Florida Bar Foundation as its development manager with responsibility for increasing financial support for the Foundation’s mission of providing greater access to justice in Florida.

Principal support for the Foundation’s charitable activities comes from the Interest on Trust Accounts (IOTA) Program authorized by the Florida Supreme Court in 1981. Additional support comes from gifts from attorneys, law firms, corporations, foundations, community partners and others, as well as cy pres awards, which derive from the residuals in class actions.

Previously, Marino developed resources to provide access to education at Valencia College in Orlando, Fla., where she began in 2000 as part of the college and community relations team and in 2007 joined the staff of the Valencia Foundation. She fostered $200,000 in scholarship support during an eight-week campaign and increased faculty and staff giving by 33 percent in the last year. She also was instrumental in garnering more than $750,000 in endowed gifts, $225,000 in grant support, and a $1 million pledge for nursing education.

Marino was awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive designation in 2009 and serves as Central Florida president for the ethics-based Association of Fundraising Professionals. She is experienced in all areas of fundraising, including capital campaigns, major gift solicitations and planned giving. She has a master’s in business administration from Belhaven University and a bachelor of science in business management from the University of Central Florida.