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GiveWell Community Foundation

Serving the Polk County Region & Beyond

In 1997, a group of residents who cared about shaping their city’s future established the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland (CFGL). Initially established as an affiliate of the Tampa Community Foundation, the CFGL became a stand-alone 501(c)3 public charity in 2000. Four years later, another group of community-minded citizens came together to establish an affiliate of the CFGL, the Community Foundation of Greater Winter Haven.

Through the years, the two organizations served neighboring geographic areas and accomplished great things.  In 2013, the decision was made to combine their resources and form one community foundation that was capable of doing even greater work throughout the Polk County region. From this vision, the GiveWell Community Foundation was born and continues to be a reputable, efficient place to invest dollars that grow to do tremendous good.  Learn More »

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Rhonda Todd Named Community Engagement Specialist

The GiveWell Community Foundation announces that Rhonda Todd has joined the foundation as its Community Engagement Specialist to further create relationships with fund holders, charitable prospects, and professional advisors that work so closely with the Community Foundation. Rhonda brings an abundance of experience in charitable giving and community outreach. Most recently, Rhonda served as the … Read On »

Join us for our Impact Polk Orientation August 12, 2016

Nonprofit organizations who do work in Polk County and are in good standing as described in Section §170(b)(1)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code are invited to apply for a grant from the GiveWell Community Foundation’s Impact Polk Grant Program. The Impact Polk Grant Program addresses community needs and fosters civic leadership and engagement throughout Polk … Read On »

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Art+Food

Unwind during an evening of relaxation and refined cuisine at Polk Museum of Art! Sample fine flavors from local restaurants. Enjoy live music while perusing the latest exhibitions: One Collector’s Dream, Lessons from the Shadows, and more!