For Individuals

Everyone has something to give. Philanthropy has been described as a private initiative for public good, focusing on quality of life. So, how would you transform your community?

Would you leave a legacy to help charities thrive? Clean up dilapidated property in town? Would you create a way for people to celebrate arts and culture? Maybe you’d like to take care of animals, or make sure students can pay for medical school.

The Community Foundation for Mississippi has helped people do all of these things and more. Build a clinic, or support a zoo. Help fund a place for children to play. Leave a “forever” gift for charities you love. You want to change your world for the better, in a way that’s simple, personal and effective. We can help.

1. Donate to a fund. 2. Start a fund now. 3. Plan a gift for the future.

There are three easy ways to support your community:

  1. Donate to a fund. You can support funds at the Community Foundation for Mississippi 365 days a year! Click here to view all our funds you can support and toggle to see which funds match the causes near to your heart.
  2. Start a fund now. You don’t have to be a millionaire to give like one. The Community Foundation for Mississippi works with you to support nonprofits, community-based organizations and causes that you’re passionate about. Not sure where to start? That’s why we are here. (And, here are nine reasons why people love us!) Browse our Ways to Give page to start thinking about funds and email us at to start brainstorming the best way to help you.
  3. Plan for a gift in the future. At the Community Foundation for Mississippi, we know that philanthropy is highly personal because you have several options. Our desire is to help you reach your goals and help you leave your legacy long after you are gone. That is what the Mississippi Legacy Circle is all about — guiding people who care to support their passions — forever.

    The Mississippi Legacy Circle honors forward-thinking donors who include CFM in their estate plans to benefit the causes that mean the most to them. These gifts are a popular and easy way for donors to support the current and future needs of their communities. You can also learn more about making a planned gift, including downloading our Estate Planning Guide, here.

A Smarter, Simpler Way to Give

When you give to an endowment, you help ensure nonprofits and causes can operate now and in the future. We specialize in managing all of the financial and oversight aspects of endowments so nonprofits can focus on serving their communities, and donors can feel confident that their gift is making the most significant difference for the communities they care about most.

An endowment is a donation to a nonprofit organization or cause that is combined with the gifts of other donors and invested. The organizations receive money from those investments year after year. As the endowment grows, the nonprofit organization becomes better prepared to serve its community for many years to come.

Your gift to an endowment at the Community Foundation for Mississippi might qualify for the Endow Mississippi Tax Credit program that encourages charitable giving that prioritizes nonprofits endowments that are creating positive impacts for children, families, and communities across Mississippi. The program provides a 25% state tax credit to individuals, businesses, and organizations that give to permanent endowments at qualified Community Foundations. Learn more by visiting the Endow Mississippi website.