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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 »

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Tips for End of Year Giving

For many, the final season of the year is a time to count your blessings and to give back. It’s no wonder that it’s often called the “giving season.” In fact, 40 percent of charitable donations are made during the last half of the year. With this in mind, we would like to offer 13 … Read On »

MOSI’s Robot Roundup | Impact Polk 2016

WINTER HAVEN – The students of Elbert Elementary School in Winter Haven were visited by 14 special guests from Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) on September 13th. Those guests included two friendly outreach instructors and 12 exciting robots. MOSI’s instructors spent an hour with students in third, fourth, and fifth grades providing hands-on … Read On »

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When Pigs Fly South BBQ Challenge

Fly- in or drive- in! Bring your family, friends and your appetite to the Annual When Pigs Fly South BBQ Challenge On December 3, 2016. This year, we have more BBQ Competitors, more cars, more motorcycles and more airplanes… including the Warbirds!