OUR STORY Heart of the City Foundation

Making a profound impact in the heart of our city.


For more than 35 years, Heart of the City Foundation has been supporting the ministries of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, as well as other like-minded partners throughout our city and around the globe. By encouraging generosity among God’s people, we are committed to seamlessly balancing vital resources with ministry needs – all for the glory of God.

In 1979, leaders at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando shared a vision for a special charitable foundation – one that would simplify the process of giving, strengthen the community impact, and glorify God.

Over the past three and a half decades, Heart of the City Foundation (HOCF) has funded more than $6 million in grants to local and worldwide ministries, community outreach groups, emergency aid programs and educational enrichment. Fostering the next generation of leaders, HOCF has provided more than 1,000 scholarships to college and seminary students. Additionally, we have developed an expertise in asset-based giving, managing tax-smart gifts in real estate and business interests.

HOCF also maintains and enhances the historical, beautifully-restored downtown campus of First Presbyterian Church of Orlando, while supporting its ministries and focus areas – including Shine Children’s Ministry, Mercy Drive Ministries, iDignity, Central Care Mission, Infant Childcare Center and Grace Medical Home, among many others.

Shaped by the central tenets of the Gospel, our key programs concentrate on the following four areas: Discipleship, Capital Projects, Scholarships and Missions. And as HOCF grows, the more we can strengthen these vital areas and grow God’s Kingdom – in the church, within our community and throughout the world.

Together, our objective is to become one of the most impactful charitable foundations in Central Florida. And while we’re supported by one of the largest congregations in Orlando, we remain a close-knit family, united in Christ, personally committed to giving and generosity.