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Community Foundation for Mississippi Hires Jay Philpott as VP of Growth and Development

The Community Foundation for Mississippi (CFM) announces the hiring of Jay Philpott as Vice President of Growth and Development.

Mississippi Rural Placemaking Summit Registration Now Open

Join the Community Foundation for Mississippi and community partners on August 1, 2024 for the Mississippi Rural Placemaking Summit in downtown McComb, a unique conference experience where attendees from small and rural communities can connect with other individuals, organizations, and government entities using placemaking techniques to celebrate and strengthen the places they live, work and play.

Wolf Earns State PR Award For Friendsgiving

The Community Foundation for Mississippi’s Director of Communications and Insights, Sophie McNeil Wolf, was recently awarded a PRism Award (Short Term: Special Events) by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi for her communications efforts for CFM’s inaugural Friendsgiving event.

LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi 2024 – 2025 Grant Cycle Now Open

LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi at the Community Foundation for Mississippi 2024 – 2025 Grant Cycle is now accepting submissions through June 28. This fund transforms donations into action by providing grants that support organizations across the state, aiming to improve the lives of LGBTQ Mississippians.

Andrew Bucci Art Supply Grant Round Now Open

The Friends of Andrew Bucci Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi was created to honor the memory of the late Andrew Bucci, one of Mississippi’s most celebrated and prolific visual artists. The fund’s purpose is to help Mississippi public, parochial, and private school art teachers acquire supplies that support visual arts instruction for grades PreK-12.

Robert Malouf Jr. Memorial Fund at CFM Makes First Grant to Mississippi Harm Reduction

The Robert Malouf Jr. Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi has made its first grant from the fund, which will benefit the lives of individuals participating in the Mississippi Harm Reduction Initiative’s (MHRI) Recovery Housing Program.

Honoring Bootjack and Red: Talamieka Brice

What started as a story told by Talamieka Brice’s grandmother as a young child has now blossomed into a film project about the brutal lynching of Bootjack and Red in Mississippi, a historical marker and a new fund at CFM to support the work.

Scholarship Opportunity: 2024 JXN Water Scholarship

The JXN Water Scholarship was established at the Community Foundation for Mississippi to provide financial assistance to high school seniors attending a public school in Hinds County interested in pursuing a degree in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) discipline that could lead to a career in water and wastewater operations and management.

Years in the Making: Revitalizing the Mid-City Community Development Corporation

The legacy continues for the Mid-City Community Development Corporation. What began as Horace Kelly’s vision for his neighborhood is now getting new life thanks to his son Akili and wife, Ashlee, and a new fund at CFM.

Scholarship Opportunity: Anthony “Tony” Gobar Juvenile Justice Scholarship

The Anthony “Tony” Gobar Juvenile Justice Scholarship Fund will provide an annual scholarship based on both merit and need for a full-time junior or senior at a public university in Mississippi or at Southern University in Louisiana majoring in criminal justice, political science, social work, pre-law or counseling.

Scholarship Opportunity: Blake Coghlan Memorial Ag Scholarship

The Blake Coghlan Memorial Ag Scholarship Fund was created at the Community Foundation for Mississippi to encourage young people who share his passion for farming and agriculture. The scholarship provides financial assistance to a graduating high school senior from Yazoo County or Sharkey County intending to study Agriculture or Agriculture-related degree at a Mississippi 4-year or 2-year institution. The award is for a period of one academic year.

WellsFest CARES Fund Supports Musicians In Need

WellsFest, the annual music festival of Wells United Methodist Church, has been a long-time staple of the Jackson fall event scene. Now, a group has come together to give back to local musicians and create more programming to keep the spirit of WellsFest alive all year long through the WellsFest CARES Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi.

CFM: End of the Year Dates to Know

The end of the year will be here soon! The Community Foundation for Mississippi has several important dates for you to keep in mind as you think about year-end giving to ensure your financial contributions make an impact with nonprofits by December 31, 2023.

Job Opportunity: Fundraising Associate

The Development and Outreach Coordinator works closely with the President and CEO and other staff to implement a strategy to meet organizational goals for growth and success. This position is responsible for cultivating productive relationships with professional advisors, like financial planners, investment advisors, attorneys and accountants, and donor prospects across CFM’s 22-county service area.

LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi at the Community Foundation for Mississippi Announces 2023 Grant Recipients

The LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi at the Community Foundation for Mississippi announced 2023 annual funding commitments today totaling more than $131,000. The fund’s Grants Review Committee, chaired by Michael Martella, used information from the current Needs Assessment and from proposals submitted by applicants to make funding recommendations.

CACM Launches Endowment Fund at CFM and Matching Gift Campaign

If you could help Mississippi children in abusive situations have a streamlined experience to report trauma, would you? That’s a question the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi (CACM) asks often.

With a new endowment fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi, CACM hopes to support its mission to revolutionize child abuse – forever.

Supporting Others Through Substance Abuse: Robert Malouf, Jr. Memorial Fund

Robert Malouf, Jr.’s life was full of promise. In January 2017, at the age of 25, Robert died from an accidental opioid overdose. To honor his legacy and to assist many struggling with addiction, his mother has opened the Robert Malouf, Jr. Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi.

Making Space for Film in Mississippi

The Mississippi Film Society a launching pad to educate, inspire and entertain Mississippians through community screenings, film curriculum, lectures, workshops and, in the near future, a film festival. To help bring their vision to life, the organization opened the Mississippi Film Society Fund and Mississippi Film Society Endowment Fund to support operations and ensure sustainability for generations to come.

Can journalism bring people together in Mississippi?

In 2023, the Community Foundation began researching the methods of Constructive Journalism, as defined and advocated by the Denmark-based Constructive Institute. This method of journalism aims to help societies come together and find common ground, as opposed to emphasizing conflict and opposing viewpoints. The goal is not to smooth over problems, but rather to add hope.

CFM Announces 2023 Community Impact Grant Recipients

The Community Foundation for Mississippi announces twenty grant recipients through its Community Impact Grants to support projects aligned with CFM’s focus areas: children and families, community partnerships and placemaking. This grant program supports project grants up to $5,000 for organizations within CFM’s 22 county service area.

Job Opportunity: Content Creator – Jackson Association of Neighborhoods

The Jackson Association of Neighborhoods (JAN) content creator is a community-focused education and engagement effort funded by Community Foundation for Mississippi through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This project seeks to keep Jackson residents informed about issues affecting their daily lives and equipped to participate in collaborative solutions. 

Making the Impossible Possible: Briarwood Arts Center

At Briarwood Arts Center (BAC), what may seem impossible becomes possible. BAC is building a bigger table for entrepreneurs and hobbyists to explore an interest and for the community to gather. With the creation of two funds at the Community Foundation for Mississippi, the Briarwood Arts Foundation Fund and Briarwood Arts Foundation Endowment Fund, Brown recognizes BAC is starting out on the right foot from inception and getting the back-end support from CFM he needs.

The University Press of Mississippi announces the Mississippi Natural Heritage Publishing Initiative

Funded through the University Press of Mississippi New Horizons Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi and established with the support of individuals and partner Wildlife Mississippi, the Initiative is dedicated to the publication of new books on Mississippi’s natural history, conservation, and public outreach.

CFM Supports New Skatepark in Crystal Springs

What began as a science project is now a fully functioning skatepark reality, thanks to the hard work of Chance Mohawk and Grant Finch and the Crystal Springs community. The young skateboarders concepted the idea of building a skate park two years ago as part of their environmental science project.

Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival Raises Over $100,000 for Children’s of Mississippi

Hal’s St. Paddy’s Parade & Festival, the city’s annual celebration of spring and Jackson’s culture and heritage, has once again shown its support for Children’s of Mississippi by raising over $100,000 after event expenses for the state’s only children’s hospital and its life-saving medical care and treatment.

LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi 2023 Grant Cycle is Live!

Informed by learning from the Needs Assessment, grants are where the LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi at the Community Foundation for Mississippi transforms donations into action, pooling funds to support organizations across Mississippi that are improving things for LGBTQ Mississippians.

National Standards Reaccreditation Affirms CFM’s Commitment to Excellence

Community Foundation for Mississippi (CFM) is pleased to announce that they have recently received reaccreditation with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations®. This accreditation indicates that CFM meets the highest standards for philanthropic excellence.

JFOL Relaunches With Event and New Fund at CFM

The Jackson Friends of the Library (JFOL) is relaunching after a hiatus, including a new fund, the Jackson Friends of the Library General Fund, at the Community Foundation for Mississippi to support their growth. CFM recently talked with JFOL board member Emmaline Smith to get the skinny on their relaunch and their kick-off event, A Night with Wright, on June 1 at The Cedars.

Quinn Graduates from Emerging Leaders: Fundraising Executives Program

The Community Foundation for Mississippi’s Events and Administration Manager Sandy Quinn was recently honored for completing the Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofit and Philanthropy’s Emerging Leaders: Fundraising Executives program.

Rick Ross Madison Avenue Upper Elementary Scholarship Fund Names 2023 Recipients

Congratulations to Olivia Davidson and Nia Jones for receiving the 2023 award! The fund was established at the Community Foundation for Mississippi to honor long-time Madison Avenue Upper Elementary principal Rick Ross by that school’s Parent Teacher Organization in 2011.

Solving a Mystery: The Zeita and Wayne Parker Charitable Fund

What does the Community Foundation for Mississippi, the Mississippi Schools for the Deaf and Blind and the Mississippi Office of the Treasurer have in common? Zeita Parker. Yet, several months ago, these links were a mystery.

CFM Grants Launch May 15!

Two grants will launch on May 15: Community Impact Grants and Nonprofit Capacity Building Mini-Grants. There are two Community Impact Grant rounds throughout the year, while Nonprofit Capacity Building Mini-Grants will be open year-round.

Impact Matchmaker: CFM Pairs Giving With Local Need

Can five dollars make a difference? For 629 Humana employees, individual five and ten dollars donations, pooled together through Humana Foundation employee giving, are making a massive difference in Jackson, Mississippi through the Community Foundation for Mississippi.

Wolf Earns State PR Award for Crisis Communications

The Community Foundation for Mississippi’s Director of Communications, Sophie McNeil Wolf, was recently awarded a PRism Award (Short Term: Crisis Communication) by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi for her communications efforts during the Jackson water crisis.

Scholarship Opportunity: 2023 JXN Water Scholarship

The JXN Water Scholarship was established at the Community Foundation for Mississippi to provide financial assistance to JPS high school seniors interested in pursuing a STEM degree (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) or discipline that could lead to a career in water and wastewater operations and management. Applications are open to seniors currently enrolled at a Jackson Public School District high school who will attend Hinds Community College.

Methodist Senior Services Endowment Funds at CFM to Help Mississippi Residents

It’s a fact that charitable donors prefer to give to those causes closest to home to improve the lives of those in their own local area. To help residents in Yazoo City and Raymond, Methodist Senior Services (MSS) recently created two new endowment funds at the Community Foundation for Mississippi that will allow donors to give directly to help senior residents at its local senior communities.

JXN Water Scholarship Fund Opens at CFM

Ted Henifin, interim third-party manager of the City of Jackson’s water system, recently announced the JXN Water Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi. The scholarship is designed for JPS high school seniors interested in pursuing a degree in a STEM discipline that could lead to a career in water and wastewater operations and management.

Endow Mississippi Matchmaker: Mississippi Humanities Council + CFM

When you hit a milestone like 50 years, it is natural to start thinking about the future. What lies ahead 50 or 100 years from now?

In 2021, the Mississippi Humanities Council had this very question. Pair that with a quest to better utilize special reserve funds and a relationship with the Community Foundation for Mississippi and a dream was born.

PRAM Recognizes Wolf As Outstanding Practitioner of the Year

Sophie McNeil Wolf, the Community Foundation for Mississippi’s Director of Communications, has been selected as the 2022 Outstanding Practitioner of the Year by the Public Relations Association of Mississippi (PRAM), Central Chapter. She was recognized Wednesday, January 25, during the January chapter meeting by her peers.

UPM Fund at CFM is raising money to help publish new books by first-time authors

The UPM First Author’s Initiative, established through generous gifts from our authors, supports the publication of books by emerging scholars, nontraditional authors, and authors from a wide variety of backgrounds. The UPM First Author’s Initiative, funded through the University Press of Mississippi New Horizons Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi, supports the work of these authors so they can achieve success regardless of their academic status or access to resources.

CFM Announces Rapid Response Mini-Grant Recipients for Efforts During Jackson Water Crisis

Today, the Community Foundation for Mississippi announced seven nonprofits as recipients of the Rapid Response Mini-Grant program. This mini-grant is a reimbursement program for charitable organizations, covering expenses that nonprofits incurred related to rapid response service during Jackson’s boil water notice that lasted between July 29 and September 15, 2022.

Friends of Andrew Bucci Fund Announces 2022 Grant Recipients

The Community Foundation for Mississippi is proud to announce the 2022 recipients of the Friends of Andrew Bucci Fund grant, Emily Murff of New Albany High School and Renna Moore-Edwards of Ida B. Wells Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC).

Computer Science Is For Y’all, Too

For too many K-12 students in Mississippi – most from income-insecure households – computer science courses are non-existent in schools. For JJ Townsend, that’s a serious problem not only for students but also for our state. Townsend is tackling this problem head-on with a new fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi, CS for Y’all, to make computer science accessible to all.

For Strategic Impact: Donor Advised and Scholarship Funds

The Community Foundation for Mississippi works with donors to simplify and streamline their charitable giving through personal giving accounts such as donor advised and scholarship/award funds. See how our community is working through CFM to connect legacy to generosity. 

COF Names Alexander to Community Foundation Advisory Group

Congratulations to Jane Alexander, President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Mississippi, for recently being named to the Council on Foundation’s Community Foundation Advisory Group! The advisory group provides a new mechanism for community foundation leaders to collaboratively influence the Council’s programs, resources, and services for community foundations.

For Building Capacity: National Partnerships

The Community Foundation for Mississippi is not only committed to the long-term sustainability of nonprofits, but also work with national partners to contribute to positive systemic change in our state. To see societal outcomes truly shift, we must do the work to know our communities, to bring together thought partners, to listen to community needs and to adapt solutions that work. See some of CFM’s long-term investments with national partners.

Community Foundation for Mississippi, Atmos Energy and Jackson Public Schools Announce Gifts to Support Water Crisis Response

As the City of Jackson and its surrounding communities continue to recover from the recent water crisis, Atmos Energy has announced support for ongoing relief efforts by making a $25,000 contribution to the Community Foundation for Mississippi (CFM) for Jackson Public Schools (JPS) through the Foundation’s JPS Response Fund. Atmos Energy is also making a $25,000 contribution to the Helping Friends and Neighbors Fund (Disaster Response Fund) at CFM to support nonprofits.

CFM Partners with GHHI for Water Filtration Solution-Building

While the boil water notice and immediate water crisis have ended in Jackson, the question remains for many, “Is my water safe to drink?” For women – especially those of childbearing age and expectant mothers – and children, the threat of lead in water is of increased importance.During the Jackson water crisis, the Community Foundation for Mississippi immediately identified water filtration as a gap and barrier to health outcomes for citizens of Jackson. CFM is partnering with Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) to distribute countertop Zero water filtration systems and teach households about methods of water boiling and filtering commonly recommended by the City of Jackson.

For Helping Others: CFM + Nonprofits

The Community Foundation for Mississippi celebrates the work of the state’s nonprofit sector by providing opportunities for its growth and sustainability. By enabling organizations to grow their vision, increase their financial resources and expand their long-term reach, CFM provides a valuable resource that can ultimately lead to increased nonprofit capacity both now and forever. Here are a few nonprofits who began turning the page by working alongside CFM to create funds that will lead to their success for many years to come. 

Grant Opportunity: CFM Nonprofit Rapid Response Mini-Grant

Are you a nonprofit that was affected by the Jackson water crisis?The Community Foundation for Mississippi’s Nonprofit Rapid Response Mini-Grant is a reimbursement program for 501c3 nonprofits residing in the Jackson area who have been directly affected by the Jackson water crisis. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Awards will be announced in early November.

For Feeding Others: CFM + Food Insecurity

With one of the highest food insecurity rates in the nation, Mississippi has over 450,000 households without daily reliable access to affordable and nutritious food. The onset of COVID-19 caused this need to intensify, leaving many wondering how they might feed themselves and their families during the pandemic. See how the community came together with CFM to find new ways to bring food to those most in need. 

Bill Hunsberger Scholarship at CFM Announces 2022 Recipient Mia Robertson

The Community Foundation for Mississippi is proud to announce the 2022 recipient of the Bill Hunsberger Scholarship is Mia Robertson of Starkville. Mia Robertson is a Senior Presidential-Endowed Scholar and John C. Stennis Scholar majoring in Political Science and Philosophy with minors in Pre-Law and International Relations at Mississippi State.

Ways to Help: Jackson Water Crisis

Jackson, Mississippi has experienced increased rain and subsequent flooding of the Pearl River, impacting the city. This flooding has exacerbated the city’s water issues, causing failures at the O.B. Curtis Water Treatment Plant. Here are ways to stay up-to-date on the water crisis and where to help support Jacksonians during this time.

Unearthing the Past: The Admissions Project

Stories are a universal way to relate and understand each other better. And, all of us have school stories. Ellen Ann Fentress knows this firsthand as a storyteller, author and documentarian. Sharing her own story, in fact, about her experience attending a segregation academy in the 1970s has brought others to remember and tell their own story, too.

National Book Lovers’ Day: Let’s Read!

Book lovers unite! It’s National Book Lovers’ Day and we have plenty of ways to celebrate. From libraries to the Mississippi Book Festival, the Community Foundation for Mississippi has ways to support organizations that are creating more book lovers every year.

The LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi Announces 2022 Grant Recipients

The LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi at the Community Foundation for Mississippi (CFM) announced 2022 annual grants totaling $135,000 for ten programs around the state of Mississippi. Decisions were informed by the Needs Assessment from the Mississippi LGBTQ Study.

Janet Leach Memorial Fund Announces 2022 Recipient Hannah Grace Hinckley

The Community Foundation for Mississippi and the Mississippi Golf Association are proud to announce the 2022 recipient of the Janet Leach Scholarship is Hannah Grace Hinckley of McComb. A 2022 graduate of Parklane Academy, Hinckley is an active golfer and plans to attend Mississippi College in the fall and will play on the MC women’s golf team.

Camp Kamassa Brings Camp Experience to All

For many children, the summer months mean cookouts, frozen treats, trips and summer camps. But for over 55,000 school-aged kids in Mississippi, summer camps have never been an option due to special needs. Until now. Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation (MTKF) is constructing Camp Kamassa, Mississippi’s first and only year-round fully handicap-accessible camp facility for children and adults with serious illnesses, physical and mental challenges and other special needs.

Community Foundation of Mississippi Announces Creation of the Friends of Andrew Bucci Fund

The late Andrew Bucci left a creative legacy as one of Mississippi’s most celebrated and prolific visual artists. To honor his memory and the centennial anniversary of his birth, the Friends of Andrew Bucci Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi was recently created to help Mississippi public, parochial and private school art teachers acquire supplies that support visual arts instruction for grades PreK-12.

Smith Robertson Museum To Celebrate Juneteenth With Dinner and New Fund Kickoff

The Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center hosts its first-ever Victory Celebration Dinner in honor of the Juneteenth national holiday on Friday, June 17. This event kicks off support for the Friends of the Smith Robertson Museum Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi, where donations directly support the museum’s mission of preserving and showcasing African-American culture and history.

Keath Killebrew Charisma Award honors legacy and passion for agriculture

Keath Killebrew, co-owner and farmer with the Killebrew Cotton Company in Tchula, Mississippi, dreamed about farming and ranching as a young boy. To honor his legacy, the Killebrew family has set up an award fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi in his name to support education for young men and women interested in agriculture.

The Community Foundation for Mississippi Has the Blues – The Central Mississippi Blues Society Endowment Fund

Central Mississippi Blues Society (CMBS) has kept the Blues alive and promoted the culture of the Blues for over 15 years. To continue the mission of the organization and ensure stability for the future, CMBS recently created an endowment fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi.

Leland R. Speed Scholarship for JROTC Top Cadets Announces 2022 Recipients

The Leland R. Speed Scholarship for JROTC Top Cadets is proud to announce the 2022 recipients, Cadet Elizabeth Hawkins and Cadet Brandon Brown, both of Murrah High School. The two were honored at Murrah High School’s Senior Showcase and Award Ceremony on May 19.

Working Together Works: Leveraging Funding for Community-Led Change

What paves the way for new trails and sidewalks in communities? Many meetings, partners and sweat equity. Melody Moody Thortis, Director of Strategic Impact at the Community Foundation for Mississippi, reflects on the work it took to bring the Museum Trail to life.

The Power of Museums: International Museum Day

The Community Foundation for Mississippi is proud to support and partner with museums around the state in many ways. On International Museums Day, take a look at just a few museums (and their funds!) close to our hearts. Perhaps you will even get out and discover them for yourself, learning more about our great state.

The Long and Winding Path to Realizing the Museum Trail

It would not be an exaggeration to call the path to realizing the Museum Trail in Jackson as long and winding. After years of hard work, a six-figure donation from the John and Lucy Shackelford Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi was essential in filling in the funding gap needed to complete the project, because it unlocked additional funds from public and private sources.

Rick Ross Madison Avenue Upper Elementary Scholarship Fund Honors 2022 Recipients

The Rick Ross Madison Avenue Upper Elementary Scholarship is awarded to outstanding Madison Central High School seniors who have attended Madison County schools throughout their K-12 career, including Madison Avenue Upper Elementary.

Robert E. Luckett Scholarship Fund at CFM Recognizes 2022 Recipients

For Robert Luckett, education and encouraging young people was the passion of a lifetime. A scholarship fund – the Robert E. Luckett Scholarship at the Community Foundation for Mississippi – is keeping his memory alive, encouraging students to further their education and pursue a college degree.

Community Foundation for Mississippi Hires Sophie McNeil Wolf as Director of Communications

The Community Foundation for Mississippi (CFM) announces the hiring of Sophie McNeil Wolf as Director of Communications. Wolf will oversee content development for the non-profit organization, as well as implement an integrated communications strategy and enhance brand development.

CFM announces largest Shackelford Fund to date for Planetarium

In March 2022, the Community Foundation for Mississippi announced the largest gift to date from the John and Lucy Shackelford Fund with a gift of $1 million to The Friends of the Planetarium to support the ongoing renovation of the Planetarium.

Now More Than Ever

One thing that hasn’t changed is your Community Foundation for Mississippi – stable, enduring, and constant, pointed toward a horizon of shared aspirations – a lighthouse guiding others through turbulent seas. Now more than ever, we need you. Because now more than ever, Mississippi needs us.

A Good Story has to be Told: Inspiring Stories of Positive Community Change

Community Foundation Storytelling project celebrates good work in Mississippi

For Good During Hard Times

Foundation supports COVID-19 response and recovery efforts in Mississippi communities

Statement on Race and Equality

When the communities we serve are hurting and grieving, it is our responsibility and duty to stand with them, listen to them, and support efforts to heal current and past injustices. Part of healing is reckoning with what has caused the hurt, and, in the communities we serve, much of that pain has been caused by racism.

Right there when we need them: Nonprofits, philanthropic groups in Mississippi step up

Nonprofits and philanthropy in Mississippi step up during COVID-19 to help their communities, as told by Sammy Moon, director of the Mississippi Alliance.

PHILANTHROPY AND NONPROFITS RESPOND TO COVID

As COVID-19 continues to spread in our communities, one thing is becoming clear: response to this crisis looks different than the disaster response we usually see.

On the Trail of Something New for Jackson

Earlier this year, we made a $125,000 gift to the City of Jackson to support the construction of the Museum Trail, a 2.5-mile walking, running, and biking trail that will connect several museums and attractions to the Mississippi’s Farmers Market.

Planning for Forever: How nonprofit endowments ensure organizational sustainability

Creating a solid foundation to sustain good work indefinitely requires thinking more strategically about the future. Endowments can provide that foundation, offering nonprofits long-term stability and providing donors with the confidence that their charitable contributions are supporting an organization that will be around for years to come.

A Giving Strategy that Spans Generations

Building relationships with donors and volunteers throughout the year—each and every year—is what ultimately leads to transformative gifts that truly catalyze change in our communities.

Strategy, Stewardship, and Sustainability

I think it goes without saying that most of us want to be good stewards of our individual and collective resources, and we want our stewardship to be sustained. However, the reality is that in order for our stewardship to be sustained, we have to do a bit more.

A Really Good Yarn

  “A book is like a piece of rope. It takes on meaning only in connection with the things it holds together.” – Norman Cousins The remarkable fifth anniversary of the Mississippi Book Festival was certainly “one for the books,” and gave the Community Foundation for Mississippi a stellar story to tell to celebrate our […]

A Founding Father Philanthropist, Compound Interest and Us

A Founding Father Philanthropist, Compound Interest and Us “Money makes money,” said Philanthropist Benjamin Franklin. “And the money that money makes, makes money.” Here’s what that means for Mississippi charity. Community foundations are in the “forever” business. While we offer many types of giving opportunities and serve the nonprofit community in many ways, our primary […]

A Strong Commitment to Community Engagement

A Strong Commitment to Community Engagement The Community Foundation’s successful partnership with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation began with the formation of the Better Together Commission, which undertook an 18-month study of Jackson Public Schools and reported recommended changes.  That partnership continues with Together We Rise, an outgrowth of the Better Together recommendations, designed to support […]

The Gifts that Go Along with Turning Twenty-Five

Community Foundation of Mississippi A lot can happen when you turn 25. Your level of responsibility might start rising at home and at work, intensifying the level of “adulting” you have to do. You can rent vehicles less expensively, enabling you to travel to see friends or see the world more frequently. You also begin […]

Learning How to Do Grantmaking for Good, Forever

Learning How to Do Grantmaking for Good, Forever We can all agree that philanthropy, by its very nature, is a good thing. The word philanthropy comes from the Latin philanthropia, which means kindliness, humanity, benevolence, and love to mankind–all very good things. However, after working in the philanthropic sector for several years and having an opportunity […]

Leveraging the Force of Nonprofit Workforce Development

Leveraging the Force of Nonprofit Workforce Development “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”  – Benjamin Franklin We often get questions from donors or colleagues about the best way to support nonprofit organizations through donations, grants and other giving. There are several perspectives on the most effective strategies – planning grants, endowments, capital campaign support, […]

A Smarter, Simpler Way to Give

A Smarter, Simpler Way to Give I can’t count how many times I’ve had to answer the question, “Now, what does the community foundation do?” Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind the question at all. It gives me the chance to talk about all of our fantastic donors and the amazing work their gifts […]

The Growing Importance and Impact of Donor Advised Funds

The Growing Importance and Impact of Donor Advised Funds Most people don’t know what a donor-advised fund (DAF) is. But individuals and communities understand what these funds can do–both directly and indirectly. A DAF is a flexible philanthropic tool for donors seeking to be involved in making decisions about how their gifts are distributing over […]

A New Local

A New Local Having a place where donors—small and large—can pool money for charitable uses is a perfect fit for this most charitable state. At our founding in 1994, the Community Foundation followed a traditional community foundation model—transactional in nature—with donor gifts coming in and grants from those funds going back out again. But over […]

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