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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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Impact Polk 2017: Bright Threads Ministries’ Volunteer Training Videos

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 2017: Help of Fort Meade’s Help in Times of Need Program

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 »

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Community Events

Unmanned and Sunny

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.

MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake

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!