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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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MOSI’s Robot Roundup | Impact Polk 2016

WINTER HAVEN – The students of Elbert Elementary School in Winter Haven were visited by 14 special guests from Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) on September 13th. Those guests included two friendly outreach instructors and 12 exciting robots. MOSI’s instructors spent an hour with students in third, fourth, and fifth grades providing hands-on … Read On »

Rhonda Todd Named Community Engagement Specialist

The GiveWell Community Foundation announces that Rhonda Todd has joined the foundation as its Community Engagement Specialist to further create relationships with fund holders, charitable prospects, and professional advisors that work so closely with the Community Foundation. Rhonda brings an abundance of experience in charitable giving and community outreach. Most recently, Rhonda served as the … Read On »

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Sweet Wars

Sweet Wars is a dessert bake-off to benefit Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE). Local facility chefs will compete for best dessert. Guests will judge each dessert.