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In 1997, 18 residents who cared about shaping their city’s future established the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland. Four years later, community-minded citizens of another nearby city partnered with the Lakeland group and the Community Foundation of Greater Winter Haven was born.

Both cities are blessed with caring, generous people who believe in giving back to where they live, work and raise their families. These foundations have proven to be reputable, efficient places to invest dollars that grow to do tremendous good.

Through the years, the Lakeland and Greater Winter Haven organizations have served neighboring areas and accomplished amazing things. So in 2013, the decision was made to combine our resources and form one community foundation that is capable of doing even greater work throughout the Polk County region.