Community Foundation News

Impact Polk 2017: Jaylen’s Challenge Foundation’s “Polk’s Bully-Free Schools Ambassadors Club”

Funded by an Impact Polk grant by the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Jaylen, of Jaylen’s Challenge Foundation, stopped by our office with his sister Nina to receive an Impact Polk grant for his new program "Polk's Bully-Free Schools Ambassadors Club." While Jaylen continues to visit schools with his "No Bullies in School Assemblies for Students," the demand is higher than ever with over 200 schools waiting. The Ambassadors Club is a step-by-step initiative program that prepares students to present the No Bullies in School Assemblies to their school. Ambassadors are instructed on how to become self-empowered and successful by making a difference in their school to stop bullying. Thank you, Jaylen, for helping to make our schools safer! About Impact Polk 2017 Impact Polk is an annual grant program of the GiveWell Community Foundation with the goal of addressing community needs throughout Polk County. To learn more about Impact Polk, click here. About Jaylen's Challenge Foundation This nonprofit foundation is the inspiration of a wonderful little boy named Jaylen. Jaylen suffers from Tourette's Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, and severe OCD. He wants to educate people about bullying, bringing attention to the difficulties he faces in his day to day... Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Peace River Center’s “Parenting with PRIDE”

Funded by an Impact Polk grant by the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Parenting with PRIDE is an exciting program within Peace River Center using the evidence-based practice known as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in a “play laboratory” where parents and children learn positive interaction from playing together under the direction … Read On »

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 … 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 »