Community Foundation News

Let’s Talk: Year-End Giving

2018 is just around the corner, so now is a great time to meet your year-end goal for your 2017 charitable giving. By adding to or creating a new fund before the end of the year, you can make a tax-deductible donation now, then decide later which nonprofits to support. Don’t forget! Your gift must be completed by December 31st to receive a tax benefit for this calendar year. If you are gifting by check, it must be mailed (postmarked) on or before December 31st to the GiveWell Community Foundation. For gifts by credit card, contributions can be made on our website until December 31st. Gifts of publicly- or privately-traded stock and other non-cash assets can be more complex, so be sure to get in touch with us soon to discuss. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment, please call us at 863-683-3131. Our staff is ready to help you meet your financial and philanthropic goals! Friday, December 29th is the last day that our offices will be open in 2017. After that, if there is an urgent matter, please contact our Chief Financial Officer, Amy Royal, at 863-944-0584 or our President/CEO, Terry Simmers at 863-581-5554.... Read On »

GiveWell Community Foundation Video

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, we present this video that shares an overview of the history of GiveWell Community Foundation and some inspiring stories from around our community.

2016-2017 Annual Report

The 2016-2017 fiscal year was a remarkable year for the GiveWell Community Foundation! Thanks to our generous fundholders, more than $21 million was granted to impactful nonprofit organizations throughout Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties and beyond. Today, the Community Foundation houses more than 280 charitable funds, and over $140 million has been granted since our … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: “Aligning the Stars for Students” by Aerospace Center for Excellence

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation STARLAB is a portable planetarium appropriate for all ages and is a great resource for teaching astronomy, meteorology, mythology, weather, plate tectonics, navigation, moon phases, ocean currents, and so much more. With the addition of this technology, Aerospace Center for Excellence … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Child Care Executive Partnership Program by Early Learning Coalition of Polk County

Impact Polk grant through the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee Child Care Executive Partnership (CCEP) is a program that partners with local child care providers and area businesses and donors to raise funds matched by the state to provide early education and child care services to children who would otherwise be placed on a wait list … Read On »