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 »
In celebration of our 20th anniversary, we present this video that shares an overview of the history of GiveWell Community Foundation and some inspiring stories from around our community.
The 2016-2017 fiscal year was a remarkable year for the GiveWell Community Foundation! Thanks to our generous fundholders, more than $21 million was granted to impactful nonprofit organizations throughout Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties and beyond. Today, the Community Foundation houses more than 280 charitable funds, and over $140 million has been granted since our … Read On
Anchor House Ministries is thrilled to have Michael Williams, an entrepreneur and former Anchor House resident, as the guest speaker for their 43rd Annual Banquet.
Now in its 11th year on the Promenade, The Wine Festival of Central Florida will feature over 150 different wines, food samplings from over 25 different chefs and restaurants, a bevy of craft beers as well as a select roster of premier liquors.
Striving to enable the development of visionary ideas, Catapult provides a place for over 80 entrepreneurs to flourish in the heart of downtown Lakeland. Our fund provides sustainability for Catapult to continue to empower entrepreneurs through a collaborative workspace, workshops, mentors and educational opportunities. Website: www.catapultlakeland.com
Mission of Flight to Honor is to fly World War II, Korea and Vietnam veterans to Washington DC to visit Monuments honoring their service to our nation. The purpose of Flight to Honor is to: Transport veterans to Washington safely and respectfully Provide an opportunity for the community to demonstrate their appreciation for their service … Read On
The Leadership Lakeland Alumni Association is an organization comprised of graduates of the Leadership Lakeland Program. Through its mission and vision, LLAA endeavors to provide leadership experiences and outreach opportunities throughout the Lakeland Community. The sustainable funding of the LLAA Legacy Fund will allow this organization to empower and inspire Lakeland’s current and future leaders. … Read On
The purpose of this fund is to help support our operations and services provided to Polk County’s homeless pets and families with pets in need. These funds also support our spay neuter and education programs. Website: www.humanesocietyofpolkcounty.org
Florida Watercolor Society, Inc., the state’s primary educational resource in the creation of water media based artwork, is focused on using our fund to assist those seeking to further their artistic development in the use of water media. Website: www.floridawatercolor.org