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About GiveWell Community Foundation

GiveWell Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity serving Polk, Hardee, and Highlands County, Florida. The Community Foundation holds more than 280 charitable funds established by individuals, families, organizations, and private foundations and serves a wide variety of charitable services.

For the past 20 years, the GiveWell Community Foundation and its fundholders have been investing in the future of our communities through impactful, philanthropic giving.

Our Mission

To champion charitable giving to improve the quality of life in the areas we serve, both now and for future generations.

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Welcome New Board Members

LAKELAND, Fla. (July 24, 2018) – Terry Simmers, President/CEO of the GiveWell Community Foundation announces that five new board members have joined the community foundation’s board of directors: Wesley Barnett, Jean Bostick, Kimberly Elmhorst, Tom Oldt, and Renee Pobjecky. A native of Lakeland, Wesley Barnett is a managing partner with Treetop Software. After graduating from … Read On »

Angela Baragona joins Community Foundation as Controller

GiveWell Community Foundation is proud to announce and welcome Angela Baragona, CPA as the organization’s Controller. She comes to the Community Foundation with 35 years of experience in accounting. Baragona is resident of Winter Haven, and she holds a Bachelor’s in Accounting from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA and Master’s in Accounting from Louisiana … Read On »

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Community Events

Peter Pan

Escape to Neverland as Florida Dance Theatre, Polk County’s professional dance company & The Imperial Symphony Orchestra brings Peter Pan to the City of Lakeland. With original choreography and live music, be prepared for a magical evening for the entire family. This whirlwind adventure of epic proportion will be the first full-length collaboration of both Lakeland’s professional performing arts organizations.