At the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, we’re all about impact. Impact to our community, impact to our donors, and the tremendous impact that our board has on the organization. Board service terms for Mr. Orlando Evora and Mr. John Kacilia expired in November 2022, and we are so eternally grateful for the impact that they’ve had on The Catholic Foundation.

Board Award To Orlando

Orlando EvoraThank you, Orlando Evora!

Orlando joined The Catholic Foundation Board of Directors in 2011 bringing legal expertise and a passion for Catholic education. He was elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors in November 2016.

During his Chairmanship, the Board of Directors welcomed new clergy members and lay women expanding to 20 members. The Catholic Foundation celebrated their 10th anniversary during his tenure assets under management exceeded $50 million. The Alive In Christ campaign was completed during this time. Additionally, there was a leadership transition and Orlando led a recruitment committee of board and partners to seek new leadership. With new leadership, Orlando initiated a collaborative strategic planning process which engaged stakeholder feedback and included partners, board and staff members. This strategic planning process established Donor Services as a core pillar of services offered by The Catholic Foundation. During his time on the Board of Directors, Orlando served as Chairman of the Governance Committee helping to develop the board of directors into a body which represents the constituency The Catholic Foundation serves. He also served on the Members Committee.


Board Award


Joan Kancilia

Thank you, John Kancilia!
John Kancilia joined The Catholic Foundation Board of Directors in 2012 bringing tax, corporate and wealth transfer law experience. John was elected to serve as Treasurer of the Board of Directors in November 2014.

While John served as Treasurer he conducted RFPs for auditors and engaged new auditors recognized nationally for their expertise with nonprofits, specifically with religious institutions. They looked into the tax status, classification and internal controls in addition to filing the 990. When the same auditor was awarded in the RFP process, following best practices, John ensured that a new representative in the firm conducted the audit. As Treasurer John served as Chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee and on the Members Committee. John also served on the Investment Committee and in 2018 he agreed to serve as Chairman of this committee. During his tenure as Treasurer and Investment Committee Chairman, assets under management reached $100 million.

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