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 »
Impact Polk grant through the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee Bright Threads Ministries offers training seminars equipping volunteers to understand the unique needs and behaviors of children with special needs. In evaluations following the seminars, participants often note: “This training has been very helpful, but I need to see how to respond to the behaviors of … Read On
Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation This is a high-poverty community and many of the residents live from paycheck to paycheck. This project provides short term assistance with rent/mortgage, utility, food, and personal items such as adult pull-ups or diapers for low income families experiencing a temporary … Read On
free drone education and awareness event for the public to learn about safe drone operation and the upcoming career opportunities that exist in the drone industry.
Mayfaire is one of the largest and oldest outdoor art festivals in Central Florida and is on Sunshine Artist magazine’s prestigious “Best 200 Art Shows” list. Come see why it has such a great reputation!
SPCA Florida’s fund is used to care for homeless animals on a day-to-day basis while improving the lives of thousands pets and people through our outreach program and countless other services. Website: www.spcaflorida.org
The Polk Education Foundation’s fund supports the varied work we do to support public school students and teachers such as awarding scholarships to graduating seniors, running a reading tutoring program, offering classroom and school grants etc. Website: www.polk-fl.net/districtinfo/departments/officeofthesuperintendent/pef.htm
The fund supports the maintenance and upkeep of Common Ground Park. Common Ground is Polk County’s first “inclusive play experience,” a term used to describe non-traditional play areas. Children of varying abilities and disabilities are able to play together side-by-side. Website: www.lakelandgov.net/parkrec/common-ground-inclusive-playground
Our fund promotes achieving our mission: to enable all young people in East Polk County, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens. We combine innovative educational, emotional, and physical well being, programs, with a competent and caring staff, who are committed to the safety and … Read On
The Mission of Circle of Friends Ministry is enhancing, empowering & bringing inclusion to children & young adults with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Website: www.circleoffriendsministry.org