Community Foundation News

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 week is completed in school and focuses on water safety -- identifying danger areas, learning the importance of adult supervision, and preparing students for the water experience. The second week, students are bused to the YMCA and the City of Lakeland's Gandy Pool during the school day, where each child receives five days of swimming lessons. The YMCA of West Central Florida's "Kindergarten Learn to Swim" was funded in part by an Impact Polk 2017 grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation. 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 the YMCA of West Central Florida At the YMCA of West Central Florida, strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure... 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 »

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 »