Business leaders in 1989 formed the Lake Wales Area Foundation after determining a need for a local 501(c)3 nonprofit that could offer tax incentives for donors investing in worthwhile community projects. Operating as an affiliate of the Chamber, the Foundation has primarily been used to fund Youth Leadership and Leadership Lake Wales and a few other education programs. The Foundation also has received and managed donations for a few worthy community projects spearheaded by others.
The incorporating documents provide a wide range of potential Foundation priorities, included but not limited to education and employability training, economic development, science and technology, beautification, parks and recreation, unity and other areas that contribute to a positive quality of life for the Lake Wales community.
At the request of numerous community leaders in all sectors and in conjunction with a Leadership Lake Wales class project, we also are considering using the Foundation to fund and promote a Hispanic Heritage Festival in the Fall. A Foundation committee is exploring the possibility of creating a “City of Bells” outdoor art project. The Foundation also may be involved in planning and funding a Celebration of Business as part of the Chamber’s 100th anniversary in 2015.
Your generous donation is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by federal law. Should you not wish to donate online, you may mail a check to Lake Wales Area Foundation, P.O. Box 191, Lake Wales, FL 33859-0191 or contact the Chamber office at (863) 676-3445 to pay by credit card.
Thank you for your support.