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 – Most teenagers have no problem thinking of gifts that they want for their birthday. However, when Lakeland teen Kelsey Elmhorst turned 17 years old, she realized that she had everything she needed. So instead of asking for gadgets or gift certificates, she decided to help someone who did not have everything they needed. … Read On
Funded by an Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Explorations V Children’s Museum received an Impact Polk 2017 grant for their “ACE” Achievers Camp at Explorations. This camp will provide up to 15 elementary students from low income homes in the Polk County area with eight weeks … Read On
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!
Polk Museum of Art’s annual black-tie benefit is also one of the best parties in Central Florida. It’s a memorable evening of dancing, socializing, and a wonderful gourmet dinner.
The Women’s Resource Center of Florida’s (WRC) fund helps to support its mission of serving as an information and referral center, and a liaison between low-income women and men, and their families and the community. The WRC focuses on empowering clients long term by providing a variety of social services, individually tailored for underserved, at-risk … Read On
The Imperial Symphony Orchestra is committed to the high quality performance of symphonic music to educate, entertain and inspire audiences and enrich the lives of the people of Polk County and neighboring communities. Our fund helps ensure the sustainability of the orchestra and provides free programming, educational outreach, instruments and of course, beautiful music. Website: … Read On
The Symphony Guild has established a fund to support student scholarship programs at Polk State College & Winter Haven High School, enabling qualifying students the opportunity to continue their educational pursuits. Website: www.symphonyguildofwinterhaven.com
The purpose of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lakeland & Mulberry’s fund is to help provide programming that supports our core beliefs of providing: a safe place to learn and grow; ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals; life-enhancing programs and character development experiences; hope and opportunity. Website: www.bgclakeland.com
The purpose of The Friends of Lake Mirror Fund is to ensure the care and maintenance of the Frances Langford Promenade, seawall, landings, amphitheater, lighting, landscaping, grounds, and any damage to flora and fauna. Website: www.lakelandgov.net/parkrec/lake-mirror-complex