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.