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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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2016 Annual Report

A Letter from Our President As the Community Foundation completes its 19th year of service, we are grateful to our fundholders, community partners, volunteer leadership, and all those that have collaborated with us to promote the well-being, vibrancy, and philanthropic spirit of the communities we serve. As an organization we strive to engage our donors … Read On »

Tips for End of Year Giving

For many, the final season of the year is a time to count your blessings and to give back. It’s no wonder that it’s often called the “giving season.” In fact, 40 percent of charitable donations are made during the last half of the year. With this in mind, we would like to offer 13 … Read On »

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Community Events

For the Love… of Learning 2017

Join the Learning Resource Center at the annual For the Love… of Learning, a benefit which raises scholarship funds for students enrolled in LRC programs.