For Sustainability: Endowments

This year, CFM saw new funds started by nonprofits who understand the need of their organizations to thrive long into the future, positioning themselves with a strong foundation to grow their impact for years to come. Endowment funds at the Community Foundation for Mississippi allow organizations to plant a seed for opportunities to grow far beyond what they might have imagined.  

Whether it is through building a support system for the future of Mississippi artists, preserving our state’s natural resources or increasing access for those living with disabilities, our nonprofit partners understand that to be strong today, they must also invest in their future. 

The Blue Monday Band stands together as a group.

Central Mississippi Blues Society

The pandemic represented a new challenge for performing artists across our state, resulting in a devastating loss of income due to canceled performances. It was during this time that CFM began to grow its relationship with the Central Mississippi Blues Society (CMBS), collaborating to find long-term solutions to support Mississippi’s blues artists. Lessons learned during the pandemic meant that the CMBS was ready to ensure stability for its future through the creation of an endowment fund. CMBS can now work to build up their financial resources, putting themselves in a new position to support the development of blues musicians and to continue their community education projects to keep the blues alive across central Mississippi. 

A child in a wheelchair poses in front of four military service members.

Camp Kamassa

In Copiah County, thanks to the work of Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation (MTKF), children of all abilities will now have an opportunity to enjoy year-round camp with the launch of Camp Kamassa, a handicap accessible camp facility being built to accommodate the needs of children and adults with special needs, chronic illness or those who may experience physical disabilities or developmental challenges. Through a fund at CFM, donors can now lend their support to help build and sustain the camp.

Trail on Clinton Community Nature Center

Clinton Community Nature Center

Right in the heart of Clinton, you will find an oasis of nature, miles of shaded walking trails, a butterfly garden and activities for all ages at the Clinton Community Nature Center. Passionate advocates have been working for many years to preserve this local treasure, including a focus on fostering more planned gifts. Their efforts resulted in a $30,000 IRA required minimum distribution gift to CNC, helping kick start more gifts to pay it forward.

Hiring: Jackson Partnerships Coordinator – Mississippi Water Crisis

The role of the Jackson Partnerships Coordinator (Coordinator) will be to serve as a single point of contact for cross-sector response, helping to identify both emergency and longer-term needs across the city, identify and respond to potential funding sources, and direct resources appropriately. This Coordinator, housed within the Community Foundation for Mississippi, will work closely with the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, Water Crisis Advisory Group, Office of the Mayor, the Mississippi Alliance for Nonprofits and Philanthropy, and philanthropic partners to implement effective public-private initiatives and promote an organizational response and recovery structure for this work. The Coordinator will encourage strong communication and collaboration on projects of shared interest and facilitate sustainable interaction across sectors. The position calls for a seasoned, professional leader with an innovative spirit and passion for the City of Jackson and the state of Mississippi. Research into candidates suggest the ideal staffing model will engage a deputy coordinator to shadow the coordinator and learn the job, so that it may be handed over at the appropriate time without losing continuity. Offers of funding from several sources may be combined to facilitate this plan.

Jackson Partnerships Coordinator

The Jackson Partnerships Coordinator will work directly with the Community Foundation’s leadership and a network of partners to respond to the current water crisis and support public programs and services benefitting Jackson’s residents. The Coordinator will manage a dedicated fund within CFM and serve as liaison between the Jackson Office of the Mayor and cross-sector supporters of the City.  The Coordinator will also interact with nonprofit organizations, foundations, donors, and external advisors to support the City. This position is envisioned as a contract position for a period of not less than 16 months, with these expectations:

  • Work closely with CFM Board of Trustees, Water Crisis Advisory Group, the Alliance, Jackson Office of the Mayor and other key stakeholders to identify community needs and match resources
  • Communicate regularly with the Office of the Mayor to ensure alignment and that private funds raised are addressing public priorities
  • Lead fundraising based on identified needs; cultivate private sector support from foundations, corporations, and individuals for priority City initiatives; and manage ongoing relationships with donors
  • Work closely with project partners to ensure funds are managed in a fiscally responsible manner and are in accordance with program deliverables, donor requirements, and CFM guidelines
  • Work with the Foundation’s Director of Finance and Director of Strategic Impact to manage grant deadlines, deliverables, and reporting needs
  • Establish a strong working relationship with CFM’s Water Advisory Board and capture their insights, talents and assets to enhance goals
  • Regularly convene philanthropic and corporate funding partners to ensure strong communications and coordination of activities, fundraising, and the allocation of resources
  • Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence and record of outcomes; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve targeted goals
  • Coordinate relevant activities with both the Foundation and City’s Communications team staff to ensure work is transparent and properly communicated to all stakeholders

Experience and qualifications should include:

  • At least 5 years of project management experience at corporate or government level
  • Strong written, organizational, and verbal communication skills
  • Proven track record in grant writing, fundraising and donor relations
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse stakeholders
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative approach to planning; integrity, mission-driven, and self-directed

Letter of interest and resume to jane@formississippi.org no later than November 18, 2022.