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
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.
Now in its 11th year on the Promenade, The Wine Festival of Central Florida will feature over 150 different wines, food samplings from over 25 different chefs and restaurants, a bevy of craft beers as well as a select roster of premier liquors.
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
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
Our fund supports our mission of Gospel-centered community development beginning in Lakeland’s Parker Street neighborhood. Our work is characterized by living in and listening to the neighborhood and by building champions from within and without the neighborhood to transform it in the core areas of: desirable neighborhood, lifetime learning, financial fitness, and healthy community. Website: … Read On
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
The City of Lakeland Park Endowment Fund is a vehicle to insure that Lakeland’s parks have adequate funding to maintain the quality of our parks in the Lakeland system for perpetuity. As service pressures increase on the general fund of the city of Lakeland the parks department has established a fund that is dedicated to … Read On