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Impact Polk 2017 Publication

View the 2017 Impact Polk publication (Last edited: January 13, 2017) The 2017 Impact Polk publication above is a collection of grant applications requesting funding for programs ranging from $500 – $15,000. Grants requested through Impact Polk are presented to our fundholders, grants committee, and to the public for funding consideration. That means anyone can fully or partially fund an Impact Polk program. Yes, you can make an investment in your community through Impact Polk! If you find a program you’d like to support, give us a call at (863) 683-3131 or donate online.   Click here to learn more about Impact Polk Note: Deadline to apply for a 2017 Impact Polk grant has passed. Be sure to stay up-to-date on future grant cycles by subscribing to our newsletter or following GiveWell Community Foundation on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.... Read On »

2016 Annual Report

A Letter from Our President As the Community Foundation completes its 19th year of service, we are grateful to our fundholders, community partners, volunteer leadership, and all those that have collaborated with us to promote the well-being, vibrancy, and philanthropic spirit of the communities we serve. As an organization we strive to engage our donors … Read On »

Tips for End of Year Giving

For many, the final season of the year is a time to count your blessings and to give back. It’s no wonder that it’s often called the “giving season.” In fact, 40 percent of charitable donations are made during the last half of the year. With this in mind, we would like to offer 13 … Read On »

MOSI’s Robot Roundup | Impact Polk 2016

WINTER HAVEN – The students of Elbert Elementary School in Winter Haven were visited by 14 special guests from Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) on September 13th. Those guests included two friendly outreach instructors and 12 exciting robots. MOSI’s instructors spent an hour with students in third, fourth, and fifth grades providing hands-on … Read On »

Rhonda Todd Named Community Engagement Specialist

The GiveWell Community Foundation announces that Rhonda Todd has joined the foundation as its Community Engagement Specialist to further create relationships with fund holders, charitable prospects, and professional advisors that work so closely with the Community Foundation. Rhonda brings an abundance of experience in charitable giving and community outreach. Most recently, Rhonda served as the … Read On »

Join us for our Impact Polk Orientation August 12, 2016

Nonprofit organizations who do work in Polk County and are in good standing as described in Section §170(b)(1)(A) of the Internal Revenue Code are invited to apply for a grant from the GiveWell Community Foundation’s Impact Polk Grant Program. The Impact Polk Grant Program addresses community needs and fosters civic leadership and engagement throughout Polk … Read On »

Power of Endowments

A local couple gives back by planning for the future After moving to Winter Haven from New Jersey, Paul and Jean Cate quickly took to their new community. Aside from being mayor and a city commissioner of Winter Haven, Mr. Cate was a board member of numerous nonprofits, including the Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce … Read On »

Holiday Food Grants Feed Polk County

Nonprofits providing holiday food receive support It’s the Monday after Thanksgiving and, for many, the past few days were a break from constantly busy routines to enjoy time with family and friends. For numerous nonprofits across the county, however, the past few days were even busier than normal as they set out to provide meals … Read On »

Introducing GiveCard!

Regifting GiveCards: It’s not only acceptable…it’s preferred. Want to help our community nonprofits in a fun and interactive way? Then give a GiveCard to friends, family members, co-workers or to the person who has everything! You can choose either a physical or virtual GiveCard, and they can be loaded with  any amount, with a minimum amount of $20. … Read On »

7 Tips for Writing a Stellar Final Grant Report

Showcase your organization in the best way. You spent a lot of time writing a grant application and are lucky enough to receive funding. Then the excitement begins of being able to run a successful program or project. After spending countless hours on your project you feel accomplished with the results and the impact it’s … Read On »