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 »
Funded by an Impact Polk grant by the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Jaylen, of Jaylen’s Challenge Foundation, stopped by our office with his sister Nina to receive an Impact Polk grant for his new program “Polk’s Bully-Free Schools Ambassadors Club.” While Jaylen continues to visit schools with his “No Bullies … Read On
Funded by an Impact Polk grant by the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Parenting with PRIDE is an exciting program within Peace River Center using the evidence-based practice known as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in a “play laboratory” where parents and children learn positive interaction from playing together under the direction … Read On
The Red Ribbon Half Marathon, 5K & Kids Fun Run is a family event where adults can compete in the Half Marathon or 5K, and children can participate in the Kids Fun Run.
This year’s tournament offers an 8-inch cup instead of regulation size. We all know that a little help makes a big difference. With a little help from you through tournament play or sponsorship, you too can make a big difference in the life of a child with special needs.
TiAnViCa is Polk County’s only Accredited Therapeutic riding center. We provide individuals with disabilities, disabled veterans, and at-risk teens equine assisted activities and help heal both mind and soul. The purpose of our fund is twofold. First, it is our contingency fund when we have unexpected expenses. The second purpose is to eventually purchase our … Read On
The Achievement Academy maintains two funds at the GiveWell Community Foundation to help maintain and enhance the programs and services we offer to children from birth through age six who live with various developmental delays and disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and speech delays. Our mission is to assist children with special needs reach their … Read On
Families are making choices every day about whether to pay the light bill or buy food. The Agape Food Bank fund was established to ensure that children, families and seniors who are hungry in our community will be fed. Agape Food Bank, a program of Catholic Charities of Central Florida, is the Feeding America food … Read On
The Junior Achievement of Polk County Fund was created to provide support to Junior Achievement to carry out its role and mission in Polk County to prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. Website: www.juniorachievement.org/web/ja-tampa-districts/polk
The Coalition on Aging Transitions and Technology (CATT)-Rath Senior Connextions and Education Center’s mission is to provide seniors with education, leadership, advocacy, resources and services enabling them to age with independence and dignity. Our fund helps us maintain Senior Scholar’s, which is the educational program that promotes life-long learning with varied topics taught by experts. … Read On