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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: Florida Dance Theatre’s “Chance to Dance”

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Florida Dance Theatre provided a free program for underprivileged and at risk students who may never have the opportunity to experience the art of dance. The “Chance to Dance” program, funded by an Impact Polk 2017 grant through the George W. … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Polk Education Foundation’s “Free Teacher Market”

Impact Polk grant through the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee The Free Teacher Market serves Polk public and charter school teachers by giving them a place to “shop” free of charge, for student and classroom supplies. The Market is stocked with donations of new and gently used items from the community and is open during the … Read On »

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Community Events


VISTEBall is an indoor golf-themed fundraiser where attendees may play golf-related games, enjoy a buffet dinner and drinks. In addition to the meal and games, attendees may bid on silent and live auction items. Proceeds from the evening go to support VISTE.

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.