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 »
LAKELAND – In the early hours of Monday, September 11, Hurricane Irma made landfall and went directly through our region as category 2 hurricane. Polk, Hardee, Highlands, and many other Florida counties felt the force of violent winds and heavy rain, leaving most without power and many with severe property damage. In anticipation of Hurricane … Read On
Current attention is rightly focused on preparing for landfall of Hurricane Irma, providing immediate relief to survivors – temporary shelter, food, water, and other basic needs – and watching how the storm unfolds. As you can well imagine, the true degree of the damage will be uncovered in the days ahead. GiveWell Community Foundation stands … Read On
Join United Way of Central Florida and Young Leaders Society for a 90’s Celebration at LKLD Live!
Celebrate Homecoming with students, parents, staff, alumni. and supporters of our Greater Winter Haven community schools.
The Hollis Garden Maintenance Fund provides funds to maintain Hollis Garden, a Botanic Garden set in a neo-classical architectural environment complete with patterned flower beds, public art and ornamental fountains. Website: www.lakelandgov.net/parkrec/hollis-garden
Families are making choices every day about whether to pay the light bill or buy food. The Agape Food Bank fund was established to ensure that children, families and seniors who are hungry in our community will be fed. Agape Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, is the Feeding America food … Read On
The Three Parks Trail is a 3.6-mile long loop around the Cleveland Heights Golf Course, Peterson Park, Lake John, and Woodlake Park. It began as an idea several years ago for a recreational bicycle and pedestrian pathway. Over the years, the City gradually built the various segments of the trail with City funds and Federal … Read On
The Coalition on Aging Transitions and Technology (CATT)-Rath Senior Connextions and Education Center’s mission is to provide seniors with education, leadership, advocacy, resources and services enabling them to age with independence and dignity. Our fund helps us maintain Senior Scholar’s, which is the educational program that promotes life-long learning with varied topics taught by experts. … Read On
Florida Dance Theatre’s Fund provides a safety net for us to continue to bring the art of dance to our entire community through educational, outreach, and scholarship programs for children and exciting entertainment for everyone. It also is used for additional studio equipment and unexpected expenses. Website: www.floridadancetheatre.org