Affordable housing, competitive wages, reliable transportation, education and mental healthcare ranked highest in two-year study.
She joined the organization in August and succeeds John Attaway, who will remain with GiveWell as counsel.
The GiveWell Community Foundation has selected Callie Neslund of Lakeland to be its chief operating officer. Neslund, 37, will assume the role in August, primarily focusing on “future initiatives stemming from the United Community Needs Assessment currently underway, strategic planning, and day-to-day operations,” according to a news release.
It was a family affair as two generations of the Barnett family won top awards at the National Philanthropy Day Awards Celebration in Lakeland on Friday. Ashley and Wesley Barnett were one of two couples named philanthropists of the year, and Wesley’s parents — Carol and Barney Barnett — were given the Outstanding Philanthropy Award.
The United Way of Central Florida and GiveWell Community Foundation have formed a United Community Relief Fund at unitedcommunityrelief.org to “support local nonprofit organizations serving those most vulnerable to the economic and health-related impacts triggered by a community crisis.”
Less than two years old, the Catapult program to develop Lakeland’s next generation of entrepreneurs has shown so much promise that community leaders have pledged $13 million to more than triple its size by moving it into the now-vacant Cash Feed building on Lake Mirror.