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 »

Impact Polk 2017: YMCA of West Central Florida’s “Adaptive Programming: Golf and Unique Actions”

Impact Polk grant through the Community Foundation’s Grants Committee The Adaptive Program: Golf and Unique Actions is an inclusive program for youth and adults with special needs. This program allows children and adults to participate in activities at the YMCA with their peers, while working on their social / play interaction. The program will serve … Read On »

GiveWell Community Foundation establishes Hurricane Irma Relief Fund

LAKELAND – In the early hours of Monday, September 11, Hurricane Irma made landfall and went directly through our region as category 2 hurricane. Polk, Hardee, Highlands, and many other Florida counties felt the force of violent winds and heavy rain, leaving most without power and many with severe property damage. In anticipation of Hurricane … Read On »

GiveWell Community Foundation stands ready to help our community in the wake of Irma

Current attention is rightly focused on preparing for landfall of Hurricane Irma, providing immediate relief to survivors – temporary shelter, food, water, and other basic needs – and watching how the storm unfolds. As you can well imagine, the true degree of the damage will be uncovered in the days ahead. GiveWell Community Foundation stands … Read On »

Leadership Council Combined Meeting | August 2017

Winter Haven – Members of the GiveWell Community Foundation’s Leadership Council came together for their annual combined meeting on Thursday, August 31 at the historic Gram Parsons’ Derry Down building in downtown Winter Haven. Board Chair, Suzie Moraco, opened the meeting by greeting the council members and giving updates from the Community Foundation. A new … Read On »

Winter Haven Area Medical Clinics Receive Funding

Two Winter Haven area medical clinics received grants thanks to the Yardley, England, Trimmer, and Orlich Charities Fund at the Central Florida Foundation We are pleased to announce that two clinics have been awarded funding from a grant administered through the GiveWell Community Foundation. The purpose of the grant, awarded by the Yardley, England, Trimmer, … Read On »