Planning for Forever: How nonprofit endowments ensure organizational sustainability

Planning for the future has become standard practice for many of us. We think about saving to put a down payment on a new home, send our kids to college, take care of our parents, or comfortably retire. But how do we plan to support communities for good … forever? How does anyone plan for […]

A Giving Strategy that Spans Generations

Almost a third of annual giving from donors happens in December, and most of that is within the last three days of the year. That means if nonprofits and philanthropies haven’t started their end-of-year giving campaigns, they could be missing out on significant dollars that can help advance their work in the coming year.   […]

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. Much like the motto at the end of our mission and vision statement, we invest our time and our treasure for Mississippi, for good, with hopes that the change we are supporting will last […]

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

“Money makes money,” said 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 purpose is to make sure dollars will always be […]

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 improvement efforts of Jackson Public […]

The Gifts that Go Along with Turning Twenty-Five

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 to notice that many […]

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 to learn from some of the smartest and […]

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, to name a few–and each approach has […]

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 help make happen. But, if […]

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 time, offering advice to the Community Foundation on how […]

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 the last few […]