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

View inside Robert's House.
View inside Robert’s House.

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

With the grant support, MHRI was able to create Robert’s House, a safe haven for men transitioning out of a 30-day residential treatment program. The program offers a holistic approach to recovery, providing essential support and resources to individuals on their journey toward sobriety.

Through the program, participants are connected with certified peer specialists who offer guidance and support and attend twelve-step meetings. Additionally, individuals can pursue educational goals, including obtaining their GED or returning to community college. Upon arrival, participants receive comprehensive wellness visits to address their physical and mental health needs.

Jason McCarty, Executive Director of the Mississippi Harm Reduction Initiative, expressed gratitude, saying, “Mississippi Harm Reduction is grateful for the generous gift from the Robert Malouf Jr. Memorial Fund at CFM. To turn a tragedy into kindness is a significant sign of compassion and a lasting gift that will honor Robert’s name for generations to come.”

Recognizing gaps in the substance abuse disorder community, Lee Malouf opened the Robert Malouf, Jr. Memorial Fund at CFM to honor the legacy of her son, Robert Malouf, Jr., who died from an accidental opioid overdose, and to assist many struggling with addiction. Learn more about the fund here.

Honoring Bootjack and Red: Talamieka Brice

View of Talamieka Brice overlooking the historical marker for Bootjack and Red erected in the Duck Hill town square. Photo courtesy of Rory Doyle.
View of Talamieka Brice overlooking the historical marker for Bootjack and Red erected in the Duck Hill town square. Photo courtesy of Rory Doyle.

“It’s kind of funny, the Community Foundation was sort of involved in this (film) process from the beginning,” Talamieka Brice chuckles, reflecting.  What started as a story told by her grandmother as a young child has now blossomed into a film project about the brutal lynching of two men in Mississippi seen around the world and the process of honoring their legacy.

Several years ago, Brice was a featured speaker during the Mississippi Department of Archives and History’s History is Lunch program with Kiese Laymon, sponsored by CFM, about her documentary “5, A Mother’s Journey.” As part of this film, Brice shared the story handed down from generation to generation about Roosevelt “Red” Townes and Robert “Bootjack” McDaniels, two black men who were lynched in Duck Hill, Mississippi in 1937 by a white mob after being labeled murders of a white storekeeper. Their lynchings, distributed in photographs around the world, became the catalyst for an anti-lynching law that ultimately failed in the United States Senate.

At the end of the program, MDAH’s Chris Goodwin shared more historical documents with Brice and the idea of pursuing a historical marker for the two men.

“When he said that, my heart just lit up—to finally acknowledge this community. My grandmother told me that story, but she’s not the only one who relayed that information. I just thought of that whole community that was silent about it. They heard it and had been forced into silence about what happened. So, when Chris said that, it really meant a lot to me as a little girl just hearing that story. I felt so burdened with it.”

It would be a shame, Brice thought at the time, for the work towards the marker to not be documented. As a filmmaker, she knew she needed to dive deeper into the arc of the deaths of these men and the effect the lynching had on the local community while also documenting the process of creating a historical marker for Bootjack and Red. To help get this project to the finish line, Brice has created the Mississippi 2: Bookjack and Red Project Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi.

“I’m an independent filmmaker, so a lot of stuff has come out of my pocket. I am so grateful for the support I have already received. To start the process of restoring dignity back to these men, I don’t have those funds, but in community, I feel like together, we’re acknowledging what happened and starting the process of healing for us all,” Brice said.

“My 501c3 only allows me to take things so far,” she continued. “Partnering with the Community Foundation allows me to take the next step. CFM has a documented history of doing the work that works in the community. It allows me to move forward in telling these stories.”

Brice says funds raised will help with production costs, including the reenactment portion of the film. While the lynching photos of the men were widely distributed around the world, most do not know about their lives. As time passes, there are only a few left who were alive during that time to tell their recollections firsthand. Reenactments will help bring those memories to life.

“When you’re studying ancient civilizations, one of the main things that people look at is the art that was left around. Art tells a story – like the pottery pieces, the written words. I feel like my purpose at this time in my life is to be one of those scribes, in a sense, who writes down that this is the story of the people,” said Brice. “Partnering with the Community Foundation for Mississippi makes sense for the work that I’ve done because it allows me to be able to tell a beautiful story of the people.”

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.

Applications are open to seniors currently enrolled at a Jackson Public Schools high school, Hinds County School District high school and Clinton High School who will attend Hinds Community College (any campus located in Hinds County) or Jackson State University. Four students will be selected to receive an award of $2,500. The award is for a period of one academic year.

SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION

Coming on board as the interim third-party manager of the City of Jackson’s water system, Ted Henifin knew he would need to think upstream about the water workforce pipeline. Henifin saw the water system was severely understaffed and struggled with hiring due to a lack of qualified candidates. To help address this challenge, the JXN Water Scholarship Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi was created. The scholarship will help ensure more properly trained persons will fill those positions in the future.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION CRITERIA

  • Currently enrolled senior at a high school in Jackson Public School District, Hinds County Public School District and Clinton High School.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 and significant coursework in STEM.
  • Ability to apply and gain admission to Hinds Community College (any campus located in Hinds County), or Jackson State University.
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    • One letter from a teacher who taught the applicant for at least one semester in a STEM subject.
    • One from an unrelated adult with knowledge of the applicant’s character.
  • A one-page essay on how the water crisis in Jackson has impacted the applicant’s life.The deadline to submit applications is April 15, 2024.

Applicants may apply for additional JXN Scholarship Funds for additional semesters subject to the following criteria:

(1) Maintenance of a minimum GPA of 2.5 in all course work

(2) Minimal completion of 15 credit hours per semester and

(3) No more than 3 previous JXN Water Scholarships

NOTIFICATION

Applicants will be notified by mail or email about the status of their application no later than April 15, 2024.

Scholarship funds will be distributed directly to the institution of the applicant’s choice no later than September 1, 2024.

QUESTIONS

Please contact the Community Foundation for Mississippi at 601.974.6044 or email us at info@formississippi.org.

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

Ashlee and Akili Kelly hold up a drawing of Horace Kelly outside the "yellow house," home to the Mid-City Community Development Corporation.
Ashlee and Akili Kelly hold up a drawing of Horace Kelly outside the “yellow house,” home to the Mid-City Community Development Corporation.

Like many people in the Mid-City neighborhood, the yellow house at 1622 Wood Street has always been a connection point for Akili and Dr. Ashlee Kelly. For Akili, it started as a boy helping his father, Horace, take the then-abandoned home and renovate it into a community center. His father had moved back to his old stomping grounds on Pleasant Avenue in the early 1990s and found a need in Mid-City to improve living conditions and quality of life. With this idea in mind and a background as a general contractor, the Mid-City Community Development Corporation (MCCDC) was born.

“The yellow house was just this old, abandoned home that people used to pass by often and it was just in disrepair,” he said. “(Horace) began his nonprofit, the Mid-City Community Development Corporation, and decided to convert it into a community center, which it still is today. It’s been such an asset to this community.”

Over the years, the walls of the yellow house – or “yellow church,” as some call it – have seen weddings, community meetings, aftercare services, family reunions and many other programs, both from MCCDC and Northminster Baptist Church’s Wider Net Program. Northminster has played a major role in programming and outreach for the community center since the early 2000s, from after-school care and weekday activities to summer camps. Akili said personal connections continued to play a role with the yellow house throughout the years as he became an adult. In hindsight, they were all leading him back to Wood Street.

When Horace’s health began to fail, ownership of the yellow house came up in conversation. With full-time jobs, graduate school and a baby on the way, the timing wasn’t right for the next generation. “At the time, we didn’t have the capacity or even the financial resources to take it over. So, the idea just lived in the back of our minds,” said Ashlee. After his passing, looking through paperwork, the couple found his father had already transferred ownership to his son.

“I told Akili, I think we were always going to end up here. When I was in grad school, I was doing some volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity. When we were dating, I said I had been in the neighborhood, and I learned it had been at his dad’s center.”

In summer 2023, the duo began working with the Jackson Association of Neighborhoods, Community Foundation for Mississippi, Operation Shoestring, Revitalize Mississippi, Northminster and the Mid-City neighborhood on a pilot community asset mapping project to understand the community and envision what opportunities residents see for the neighborhood. Akili says participating in the project has been a catalyst for the reinvigoration of MCCDC, noting their participation has been a great way to meet neighbors and listen to what they want for the future.

“We know people have already been doing good work,” he said. “We aren’t here to come in and tell people what to do. We want to add to that, partner with people and organizations already doing good work, and see how our skills, abilities and talents can push that work forward.”

Those skills and talents are plentiful in urban planning, architecture and community visioning. The two previously worked in the City of Jackson’s Department of Planning and Development and have since grown their firm, The Kelly Factory, and tiny home planning business, Tiny JXN.

While the business side may be solid, Ashlee says creating a fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi came at the perfect time. Their newly formed Radiant Community Fund allows them to focus on re-establishing the nonprofit while leaving the financial management to the experts. “I have worked with nonprofits and it’s a lot to learn. Writing a business plan on paper is one thing, but operating it is completely different,” she said. “We feel good that CFM is a stable, accountable partner our donors can trust.”

Ashlee and Akili recognize that while they have been involved in Mid-City in different ways over the years, part of the work is building trust in the community the Kelly family has been a part of for many years. MCCDC will host an open house on February 28 at 3 p.m. to reintroduce themselves to the community and hear from residents about ways they think MCCDC can support the neighborhood and help bring ideas to life.

One of those in attendance will be their daughter, Alex. The Kellys are quick to point out how important it is to involve her in the process, just like Horace did Akili many years ago.

“I think it’s so important for her to be a part of this process with us. I recognize she’s only six and that she doesn’t understand right now,” said Ashlee. “But when she’s older, I think it will make an impact. It’s going be a part of the fabric of who she is, too.”

Want to support the work of the Mid-City Community Development Corporation? Donate to The Radiant Community Fund at CFM here. Stay up-to-date with the work of MCCDC on their Facebook page here.

Scholarship Opportunity: Anthony “Tony” Gobar Juvenile Justice Scholarship

Anthony “Tony” Gobar of Jackson, a long-time juvenile justice specialist, died of a heart attack at age 53 in the summer of 2004. He was a man who had dedicated himself to making his community a better place, especially when it came to troubled youth who found themselves in the state’s criminal justice system.

A Breaux Bridge, Louisiana native and Southern University graduate, Gobar began working in job training at a community action agency in Louisiana before moving to Jackson and joining the Department of Criminal Justice Planning as a Program Manager. He worked later as a juvenile justice specialist after his division became part of the Department of Public Safety.

Herbert Terry, director of the Justice Programs Division at the Department of Public Safety, said Gobar was “one of the most professional, caring, sincere, unselfish and honest persons that I have ever worked with or known. He worked untiringly to improve the juvenile justice system in Mississippi.”

The National Coalition for Juvenile Justice in Washington, D.C., established an award in his name for individuals working in the juvenile justice field, and he was posthumously honored by the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice.

“Tony found his greatest joy in the simple things in life,” his wife, Angela, said in a news release. “He served God as a parishioner of Holy Family Catholic Church in Jackson.

Tony was known for and will be remembered for his selfless spirit and willingness to always help another person.”

PURPOSE:

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.

The student must have a stated career interest in juvenile justice or a similar field and have demonstrated a strong commitment to community and public service.

The scholarship is a one-time award up to $2,500 (non-renewable each year). The award may be used for tuition, books and room and board.

The selection committee for the Anthony “Tony” Gobar Scholarship will select finalists who meet the application deadline and stated selection criteria. 

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION CRITERIA

Students must be a U.S. citizen with a current grade point average no less than 2.5 on a

4.0 scale. Demonstrated financial need must be provided via the student’s university or college financial aid office.

If a student meets the above-stated eligibility criteria, he/she must submit the following:

  • The Anthony “Tony” Gobar Scholarship application form including a statement of career interest and a description of community and/or public service
  • Three (3) letters of
  • Financial aid information verified via the University or College Financial Aid Officer

Applications are due June 30, 2024

Awardees will be notified in writing and may be invited to receive their award during the Annual Mississippi Juvenile Justice Conference.

Scholarship Opportunity: Blake Coghlan Memorial Ag Scholarship

Image of Blake Coghlan with field behind him.Blake Coghlan had dreams of building the best farm in the Delta.

At 19 years old, Blake Coghlan had dreams of building the best farm in the Delta. He grew up in Holly Bluff, MS to a fourth generation Mississippi farm family. Blake was a promising young farmer with a passion for farming. He was an exceptional person with tremendous potential. He was undeniably authentic, unassuming, easy-going, and loved by everyone who met him.

He attended Mississippi Delta Community College pursuing an Ag Science degree and had plans to further his education at Mississippi State University.

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.

Recipients will be selected based on academic achievement, leadership qualities, and career objectives in the field of agriculture.

APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY AND SELECTION CRITERIA

  • U.S. citizen
  • 2.5 GPA
  • At least two recommendations either from a teacher, counselor, principal, or others (one recommendation must be from a school representative).
  • High school senior from Yazoo or Sharkey counties
  • Graduating senior who will majoring Ag or Ag related degree
  • Going to a Mississippi two or four-year college or university
  • Full-time student
  • Must submit a 500-word essay about why you are pursuing a career in agriculture.

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

The Community Foundation for Mississippi must receive each complete application at 119 S. President Street, Jackson, MS 39201 by March 31, 2024.

Please include:

  • Completed application form
  • Essay
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Official high school transcript with GPA

NOTIFICATION

Applicants will be notified by mail or email about the status of their application. Scholarship funds will be distributed directly to the institution of the applicant’s choice no later than September 1, 2024.

QUESTIONS

Please contact the Community Foundation for Mississippi at 601.974.6044 or email us at info@formississippi.org.

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. For over 40 years, the generosity of musicians donating their time and talent has made the event possible. 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.

“Musicians are great at providing entertainment and giving us a lot of things to be joyful about,” said Keith Ferguson, founder and fund holder for the WellsFest CARES Fund. “Sometimes they’re not really equipped with a safety net and will run into trouble spots… we want to be there for those musicians who hit those times. It may be an instrument that needs repair. It may be a car that needs repair. It may be dental – could be utilities. It could be funeral expenses. And so we want to be there for those musicians that have a little extra need and just need some extra helping hand there.”

With several benefit concerts under their belt, the group is hosting a tribute concert on February 4 at 4 p.m. in memory of their first grant recipient, Steve Chester.

“Steve is another one of those outstanding musicians that has given back so much to this community. Steve has played with a number of bands. He played every single WellsFest, except the last one when he was in bad health, but he had played every WellsFest we’ve ever had,” said Ferguson. “We lost Steve last year and we are just want to celebrate his life and remember him. And we’re also helping his family to pay off some end-of-life expenses, about $10,000 worth of hospice care and other expenses. And we’re working with others to try to pay this off and so far we’re about over halfway there. And so it’ll be not only a time to celebrate Steve, but it’ll be a time for people to reach out and help us in a tangible way.”

Hear more about the fund and the upcoming tribute concert on Visit Jackson’s Soul Sessions podcast, found here.

Click here to support the WellsFest CARES Fund at CFM. The group has also created the WellsFest CARES Endowment Fund to support musicians long-term. Donations of $1,000 or more to the WellsFest CARES Endowment Fund qualify for the Endow Mississippi state tax credit.

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.

If you are planning end-of-year grants from a fund:

  • Donating stock? All notifications of stock donations must be made before Thursday, December 14, 2023. Click here to download our stock donation form.
  • The last day to submit a grant request through our donor portal to ensure processing for the 2023 calendar year is Tuesday, December 19, 2023. All grant requests made after December 19, 2023 may not be processed until January 4, 2023.
  • The last day to request a check for a vendor is Tuesday, December 19, 2023 to ensure the check will be sent and processed by December 31, 2023. All vendor check requests made after December 19, 2023 may not be processed until January 4, 2024.
  • Checks will be processed by their check and postmark date. Donations made by December 31, 2023 will be acknowledged as being given during the 2023 calendar year. Gifts can be made online via credit card as late as 11:45 p.m. on December 31, 2023 or by mailing a check to 119 S. President St., First Floor, Jackson, MS 39201.

Other important things to note:

The Community Foundation physical offices will be closed:

  • Monday, December 25, 2023 through Tuesday, January 2, 2024
  • While CFM’s physical offices will be closed, staff will be available for limited hours during this week via phone and email. For emergencies, please get in touch with Jane Alexander at jane@formississippi.org.
  • Offices will reopen on Wednesday, January 3

Job Opportunity: Fundraising Associate

The Fundraising Associate 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. This position helps create and then executes development plans to include in-person visits with and presentations to professional advisors and their clients.

Through development and cultivation of personal relationships and affinity groups, this position strengthens the culture of philanthropy particularly in rural areas of Mississippi.

The Fundraising Associate guides the organization’s goal of growing our public profile and educating donors and professional advisors across our 22-county service area about ways to enhance personal giving. Strategies include but are not limited to promoting major gifts, planned gifts and project funds for communities. Developing outreach and relationships into counties outside the metropolitan area of the City of Jackson is a specific priority. Travel is expected on a weekly basis.

This position answers to the President and CEO and helps staff the Development Committee. Working as part of a team, they help create and align strategic objectives for growth and developing philanthropy in entire area of coverage.

Working with CEO and staff, to further the asset development goals of the organization, the Fundraising Associate will:

  • Be focused on realizing the Foundation’s goals to increase visibility, knowledge and use of the Community Foundation for Mississippi in 22 counties across rural, southwest and central Mississippi;
  • Cultivate professional advisors to motivate their clients and potential donors to greater stewardship;
  • Travel weekly to targeted communities and counties to meet with professional advisors and community leaders;
  • Report weekly on progress and needs to President and CEO and staff;
  • Identify prospects for referrals and gifts, and implement a plan for cultivating these using the CEO, other staff, current and past board members, committee members and other volunteers;
  • Oversee and manage database of prospects and donors and produce reports as needed;
  • Schedule meetings and ask for and enlist required participation from CEO, staff and Trustees;
  • Develop strong relationships with the professional advisor, corporate and business communities in 6 priority counties;
  • Foster a Professional Advisor Council and coordinate activities and outreach to strengthen awareness and knowledge of CFM;
  • As part of a professional, dedicated staff, be willing to perform other duties as needed to further the mission, culture, needs and policies of the Foundation.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

ASSET DEVELOPMENT

  • Encourage and facilitate philanthropy among a broad base of participants;
  • Cultivate relationships with professional advisors to help bring assets to the Foundation;
  • Work with current donors to enhance their experience with the Foundation;
  • Support the work of the Board to identify, cultivate and meet with prospective donors;
  • Acquire and maintain a high level of knowledge on tools and issues related to charitable giving, especially those at community foundations;
  • Use data and research to identify prospects and opportunities for current donors;
  • Help create processes to encourage donors to give complex assets;
  • Plan events and training for Professional Advisor Council with staff and CEO.

DONOR SERVICES

  • Create and develop strong relationships with donors, professional advisors and the community;
  • Assure outstanding service, stewardship and responsiveness to professional advisors and prospective donors;
  • Assist donors as they seek to fulfill their philanthropic goals.

GRANTMAKING and CAPACITY BUILDING

  • Provide information about Foundation grantmaking to NPOs and community leaders;
  • Help identify needs to staff to pursue fund development opportunities for donors and communities;
  • Work with nonprofit community to build relationships and seek opportunities for partnerships and trainings to build capacity.

OPERATIONS

  • Work within established and approved budget to achieve growth and outreach goals;
  • Coordinate professional advisor activities for staff and Board members;
  • Help manage process for maintaining accurate database records of donors and Foundation partners.

REQUIREMENTS

The successful candidate will:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, preferably in a field complementary to business development or relationship management, or an equivalent combination of educational attainment, skills and experience;
  • Have at minimum 2 years of relationship management experience in services like investments, accounting, law or sales;
  • Have community-based, place-based knowledge and curiosity;
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Have an outgoing and approachable personality with a genuine interest in people;
  • Have reliable transportation and be willing to travel extensively within the CFM footprint;
  • Be self-directed, goal-oriented, problem-solving and able to work collaboratively with staff, volunteers and other stakeholders;
  • Exhibit a strong, outward facing approach toward customer service;
  • Perform to the highest level of ethics and best practices and maintain
  • Have a passion for philanthropy, the State of Mississippi and its many communities;
  • Enjoy working in a team environment where independent thought and innovative expression are welcomed;
  • Be an organized self-starter capable of working without immediate supervision but with regular reporting;
  • Demonstrate mature judgement and patience;
  • Be willing to develop professional knowledge about community foundations;
  • Be able to articulate a professional opinion after thoughtful evaluation;
  • Possess strong interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to
  • Be optimistic and solutions-oriented;
  • Receive information and advice readily;
  • Have a strong work ethic with an enthusiastic approach to
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability with the ability to quickly shift from one situation or task to another.
  • Cultivate the ability to thrive in a collaborative, team environment that is busy and sometimes hectic.

Salary is competitive DOE and includes paid health insurance, dental insurance and retirement plan.

To apply: Letter of interest and resume to info@formississippi.org with the subject line “Fundraising Associate.”

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 (CFM) announced 2023 annual funding commitments today totaling more than $131,000. The total included $98,187 for ten programs serving LGBTQ Mississippians around the state, $10,500 to update the statewide Needs Assessment by the Mississippi LGBTQ Study, $8,100 to sponsor LGBTQ events in the state and $15,000 for small micro-grants and training provided by the Campaign for Southern Equality. 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.

“The organizations awarded funds during this year’s grantmaking cycle are a remarkable testament to the vibrancy and resilience of Mississippi’s LGBTQ community. In every corner of the state, folks are working hard to meet the diverse needs of our community, and the LGBTQ Fund is proud to offer our resources and support,” said Martella.

2023 Grant Recipients include:

Big House Books (Jackson, MS): Provides a diverse range of LGBTQ material to incarcerated readers and will create an inventory of available paperback books.

Delta State University’s PRIDE Alliance (Cleveland, MS): Supports monthly social gatherings, LGBTQ cultural and educational events and provides monetary supplements for students to engage in further conferences or queer events to further social justice.

Growing Up Knowing (Jackson, MS): Supports the development and implementation of comprehensive sex education for high school students.

Gulf Coast Equality (Gulfport, MS): Develops a mental health outreach program to create training materials and presentations, develop resources for mental health providers and establish workshops to increase awareness of the specific mental health needs of our LGBTQ community.

LGBTQIA Emergency Fund of North MS (Regional): Provides emergency help and crisis referral services to individuals in counties in Northwest Mississippi.

My Brother’s Keeper/We the Positive (Ridgeland, MS): Uplifts all Mississippians living with HIV while promoting a stigma-free environment for all LGBTQ persons in Mississippi.

Pride Resource Center (Tupelo, MS): Provides a safe place to meet while offering support, education and a variety of programs for the LGBTQ community.  Also provides information on safe and welcoming resources in North Mississippi.

South MS AIDS Task Force (Biloxi, MS): Provides educational outreach regarding the prevention and transmission of HIV/AIDS and provides effective services to those impacted by the disease.

The Spectrum Center (Hattiesburg, MS): Advocates for and secures full inclusion and empowerment for the LGBTQ community in the Pine Belt of Mississippi through the provision of resources, community support, and direct action.

TRANS Program (Statewide): The TRANS Program is a mobile, statewide, grassroots nonprofit, and comprehensive program led by Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming (TGNC) people. Missioned to serve TGNC people, the program focuses on strategies to improve understanding of TGNC people, expand ally-ship, reduce discrimination, increase protections, and ensure that TGNC people are presented with opportunities to thrive and have their needs met.

The LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi at the Community Foundation for Mississippi pools funds to support LGBTQ organizations across the state that address the needs of LGBTQ Mississippians. This is made possible through donations and community support. As the state’s first and only grant-making fund focused on supporting organizations that improve the quality of life for LGBTQ Mississippians, the fund at CFM works as a pipeline fueling and enhancing the work of LGBTQ-focused organizations by professional stewardship of funds and other resources from outside donors.

The LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi envisions a state where all LGBTQ Mississippians live safely, openly, and without isolation, prejudice, and discrimination. The fund develops and invests resources to support efforts that address the needs of LGBTQ Mississippians. This cycle’s funds also include plans for an updated statewide Needs Assessment of LGBTQ organizations and adults.

More information about the LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi at the Community Foundation for Mississippi, including past grantees, is available at lgbtqfundms.org.

Community members are also encouraged to contribute to the LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi through CFM’s website, found here.