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 »
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 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
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.
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.
Our fund helps us in our mission to empower girls to achieve their full potential, develop self-esteem, and create skills for success. We’re an affiliate of the national organization Girls Incorporated, with the mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold℠. Website: www.girlsincwinterhaven.org
Geneva Classical Academy assists families in fulfilling their Biblical obligation to educate and train their children by providing a community of parents and teachers committed to teaching children to love learning and to grow in godliness. Our fund exists to receive contributions which are then distributed to families who enroll and demonstrate financial need through our … Read On
Every year, Peace River Center (PRC) provides over 11,000 of our neighbors (most of whom reside in Polk County) with mental health, substance abuse, primary care, 24 hour crisis response, rape crisis, and domestic violence services. The fund within GiveWell Community Foundation provides PRC with a safety net for operating so we can, in turn, … Read On
The Hollis Garden Maintenance Fund provides funds to maintain Hollis Garden, a Botanic Garden set in a neo-classical architectural environment complete with patterned flower beds, public art and ornamental fountains. Website: www.lakelandgov.net/parkrec/hollis-garden
Since 1998, The Schools of McKeel Academy has been contracted by the Polk County School Board to provide a tuition-free high quality educational choice for families in Polk County. Designated a high-performing public charter school system by the Florida Dept. of Education, it serves over 2,900 students, PreK to 12th grade, on three campuses in … Read On