Community Foundation News

Job Postings: Controller, Receptionist

Controller The Controller reports to the President/CEO and is the leader in all accounting activities within the GiveWell Community Foundation. The Controller will prepare, in conjunction with the President/CEO, in the preparation of the annual operating budget, interim operating forecasts, and cash flows for the organization. View Details » Receptionist The Receptionist will provide exceptional organizational skills to provide general office and administrative support to the GiveWell Community Foundation staff members as needed. Provide a welcoming environment for guests, direct calls, and files. Expertise in front desk reception and the ability to organize and prioritize a variety of projects are required. The Receptionist performs a variety of duties that requires independent analysis, judgment, and knowledge of organizational functions. View Details »... Read On »

GiveWell Community Foundation elects new board members and officers

At the final board meeting of the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the GiveWell Community Foundation’s board of directors appointed a new slate of officers and five new board members. “The board of directors is the backbone of our Community Foundation,” said Terry Simmers, President/CEO of the GiveWell Community Foundation. “We are very fortunate to have such … Read On »

Givewell Community Foundation aids local nonprofits with Hurricane Irma recovery funding

Thanks to generous, caring donors in our community and beyond, GiveWell Community Foundation was able to assist with medium- to long-term disaster recovery efforts through the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund. After the storm, the Community Foundation worked with local nonprofit organizations, government offices, and school personnel to assess our community’s greatest long-term needs. It was … Read On »

Announcing Empower Polk Grant Awards

We are excited to announce that the GiveWell Community Foundation has recently awarded $105,000 through a new grant program called “Empower Polk.” The goal of this new program is to empower local nonprofits, meeting needs that will help them fulfill their mission and support our community more effectively. Support for core operations and business infrastructure … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: YMCA of West Central Florida’s “Kindergarten Learn to Swim”

The YMCA of West Central Florida’s “Kindergarten Learn to Swim” program is a two-week, interactive water safety and education program, incorporating personal water safety, awareness in and around water, and swimming skills. The program’s goal is to teach every kindergartner how to stay safe in and around water and how to swim independently. The first … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: County Government Discovery Day

BARTOW – On February 8 and 9, students from Lawton Chiles Middle School had the opportunity to travel to the county seat in Bartow for an exploration of the political process in Polk County. The “County Government Discovery Day” was made possible by a partnership with the Polk County History Center and the Polk County … Read On »

Let’s Talk: Tax Reform

“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” is expected to be signed by President Trump before the end of the year. Like many Americans, we have been following this tax reform bill very closely, staying informed on how it will affect our fundholders and local nonprofit organizations. Political opinions aside, … Read On »

Holiday Office Hours

Friday, December 22 – Open 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday, December 25 – Closed Tuesday, December 26 – Closed Wednesday, December 27 – Open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Thursday, December 28 – Open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Friday, December 29 – Open 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday, January 1 – Closed … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Young Life’s “Every Kid, Everywhere, For Eternity”

Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation In the difficult adolescent years, Young Life comes alongside teens offering hope, encouragement, and for many, light in a dark place. Young Life introduces kids to a faith-based community of adults who will mentor them and be a steady force in … Read On »

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 … Read On »