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 »
Impact Polk grant through the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee Bright Threads Ministries offers training seminars equipping volunteers to understand the unique needs and behaviors of children with special needs. In evaluations following the seminars, participants often note: “This training has been very helpful, but I need to see how to respond to the behaviors of … Read On
Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation This is a high-poverty community and many of the residents live from paycheck to paycheck. This project provides short term assistance with rent/mortgage, utility, food, and personal items such as adult pull-ups or diapers for low income families experiencing a temporary … Read On
free drone education and awareness event for the public to learn about safe drone operation and the upcoming career opportunities that exist in the drone industry.
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!
The Junior Achievement of Polk County Fund was created to provide support to Junior Achievement to carry out its role and mission in Polk County to prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Website: www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-tampa-districts/polk
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
In 1985, Friends of the Winter Haven Public Library established two book endowment funds to enhance and improve the book collections at the library. One fund assists in developing the adult library collection. The other helps the children’s library. Donors can memorialize or honor others through their contributions to the funds, or simply contribute to … Read On
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
The Theatre Winter Haven fund helps us work toward accomplishing our mission to inspire, challenge, entertain and educate our community by creating exceptional theatrical experiences. Website: www.theatrewinterhaven.com