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
United Way of Central Florida celebrates leadership giving with the 8th annual Belt Buckle Bash!
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.
The Winter Haven Council of Garden Clubs, Inc. maintains and preserves the historical Garden Center building and grounds. Major objectives are educating members/youth/public regarding conservation; environment; horticulture; floral design; landscape design and community beautification. Website: whgc.synthasite.com
Every year, Peace River Center (PRC) provides over 11,000 of our neighbors (most of whom reside in Polk County) with mental health, substance abuse, primary care, 24 hour crisis response, rape crisis, and domestic violence services. The fund within GiveWell Community Foundation provides PRC with a safety net for operating so we can, in turn, … 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
Santa Fe means Holy Faith. Faith is what puts the heart in who we are. Santa Fe Catholic High School is the only Catholic high school in Polk County. Maintaining a school in the Catholic tradition is vital to our mission of “Developing each student fully as a child of God.” Though Santa Fe is … Read On
Noah’s Ark is committed to empowering individuals who have developmental disabilities by advocating on their behalf and by providing or facilitating choices of meaningful employment, recreational and social opportunities and affordable housing in an inclusive community of their choice.” All funds received go towards operations and the opening of our new Planned community called The … Read On