Your charitable giving interests have been shaped by your experiences and passions. The Community Foundation for Mississippi is here to help you invest in these interests through field of interest funds. Whether you have a heart for supporting education, the environment or arts and culture; our team of local giving experts will ensure your charitable dollars will be utilized in meaningful ways to support your giving interests today and tomorrow.
Consider a Field of Interest Fund if you:
- Are seeking to simplify your giving
- Want to make charitable investments for generations to come where they are most needed within your area of interest.
- Are committed to giving locally to make a difference in the community you love.
Interested in setting up a field of interest fund? CFM has representatives to guide you through the process. Contact Theresa Erickson at email@example.com or call 601-974-6044.
Examples of Field of Interest Funds at CFM
Campbell Bulldog Fund
Every day, 43 children are diagnosed with cancer. Jill and David Dale established the Campbell Bulldog Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi to raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research in memory of their son, Campbell. In September 2015, Campbell passed away after nearly two years of battling Stage IV Rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer of the soft tissue. Campbell’s legacy lives on through the Campbell Bulldog Fund, which goes towards research to help find cures for the many different types of pediatric cancer.
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 created to help Mississippi public, parochial and private school art teachers acquire supplies that support visual arts instruction for grades PreK-12.
“Andrew Bucci always credited his early art teachers for recognizing and encouraging his talent, namely Mary Clare Sherwood in Vicksburg and Marie Hull in Jackson,” said Margaret Bucci, Bucci’s niece and manager of his estate. “To cultivate new generations of artists in Mississippi, it’s important to increase access to arts education and make sure teachers have the tools and resources they need to provide enriching learning experiences for students.”
The estate of Andrew Bucci was interested in supporting visual arts education in Mississippi, and Margaret said the Community Foundation for Mississippi provided the perfect solution for establishing an impactful program to benefit PreK-12 art teachers and students.
“We’re excited about partnering with CFM to help teachers enhance visual arts instruction and learning about student projects made possible with support from the Friends of Andrew Bucci Fund at the Community Foundation for Mississippi,” she said.
Transforming donations into action, the LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi pools funds to support LGBTQ+ organizations across the state that address the needs of LGBTQ Mississippians. As the first and only grantmaking fund in the state focused on supporting organizations that improve the quality of life for LGBTQ Mississippians, the fund at CFM works as a pipeline that fuels and enhances the work of LGBTQ-focused organizations by professional stewardship of funds and other resources from outside donors.
More information about the LGBTQ Fund of Mississippi at the Community Foundation for Mississippi, including past grantees, is available at lgbtqfundms.org.
Pam Swanson loved animals and gave her time and financial resources to support animal shelters. When she passed away, her husband Jerry established the Pam Swanson Memorial Fund for Animals at the Community Foundation for Mississippi to continue Pam’s efforts.