Community Foundation News

Impact Polk 2017: “Imagination Library” by United Way of Central Florida’s Success by 6

UWCF’s Success by 6 receives Impact Polk 2017 grant through Grants Committee The Imagination Library provides children who might not otherwise have any books, the opportunity to explore brand new books with their parents, building school readiness skills. Children ages birth through their fifth birthday receive a free, age-appropriate book, mailed directly to their home … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: “Bridge the Gap to School Readiness – My Own Library” by United Way of Central Florida’s Family Fundamentals

Bridge the Gap to School Readiness – My Own Library receives Impact Polk 2017 grant through Grants Committee Bridge the Gap to School Readiness is a five-day a week program specifically designed to teach and model outcome based activities preparing children to enter school ready to succeed. In a quality, developmentally appropriate environment, children and … Read On »

Lakeland Teen Donates Birthday Money to Local Nonprofit

LAKELAND – Most teenagers have no problem thinking of gifts that they want for their birthday. However, when Lakeland teen Kelsey Elmhorst turned 17 years old, she realized that she had everything she needed. So instead of asking for gadgets or gift certificates, she decided to help someone who did not have everything they needed. … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: Explorations V Children’s Museum’s “Achievers Camp at Explorations”

Funded by an Impact Polk grant through the George W. Jenkins Fund within the GiveWell Community Foundation Explorations V Children’s Museum received an Impact Polk 2017 grant for their “ACE” Achievers Camp at Explorations. This camp will provide up to 15 elementary students from low income homes in the Polk County area with eight weeks … Read On »

Impact Polk 2017: CareerSouce Polk’s “Gentleman’s Institute Program”

Funded by a GiveWell Community Foundation Impact Polk grant CareerSource Polk Board of Directors received an Impact Polk Grant for their “Gentleman’s Institute Program”. This week-long program is designed to address the basic necessities every young man should practice such as how to tie a tie and how to iron; how to accept/reject a gift; … Read On »

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 … 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 »