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 Lakeland Community Theatre –Thelma Kells Endowment Fund will aid in sustaining and maintaining a civic theatre in our community and help fulfill our mission to provide an affordable, high quality theatre experience for the people of Lakeland and its surrounding areas and to create an opportunity for individuals of all ages to develop and … Read On
Located on 180 acres just west of downtown Lakeland, Florida, Bonnet Springs Park aims to improve the community’s quality of life by reviving the natural beauty of the woodland shores of Lake Bonnet and creating an inclusive urban park with multi-generational appeal. With help from the community, Bonnet Springs Park will be self-sufficient for its … 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 Harrison fund is instrumental in helping us provide a rigorous arts education to the students of Polk County. It allows us to assist under-served students with specific academic needs as well as allowing us to offer scholarships for students pursuing a post-secondary education. Website: www.harrisonarts.com/parents-association