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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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10 Best Practices for Impact Polk Grant Applications

The October 10 deadline for submitting Impact Polk grant applications is quickly approaching, so as you putting the finishing touches on your organization’s application, check out the following tips from our Grant Manager, Johnna Martinez. These tips are personal suggestions for consideration and are, by no means, a guarantee for receiving funding. Brief Project Description: This … Read On »

2014-2015 Impact Polk Grant Process Now Open!

Nonprofit organizations who do work in Polk County and are in good standing as described in Section §170(b)(1)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code are invited to apply for a grant from the GiveWell Community Foundation’s Impact Polk Grant Program. The Impact Polk Community Grant Program addresses community needs and fosters civic leadership and engagement throughout … Read On »

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Community Events

Rotary Twilight 5K

This is a 5k run in the evening around Lake Hollingsworth and ending at Edgewood Park. It is an event of the four Lakeland Rotary clubs and benefits the Common Ground park maintenance fund.