Mississippi Book Festival

Two years of planning launched an annual literary affair celebrating Mississippi’s storied legacy of literature and providing a stage for emerging and established writers.

To bring the Mississippi Book Festival “off the pages” to life, a group of dedicated book lovers approached the Community Foundation to manage the money – to serve as the fiscal backbone for the event. The thought was, a one-day-a-year event doesn’t need to be a nonprofit organization – it just needs a way to raise and spend charitable dollars to make something wonderful happen for the community.

That’s our sweet spot. The Community Foundation has helped take the festival from start-up to a major tourist attraction for a legion of book lovers. The festival organizers can focus their efforts on coordinating and presenting the event, instead of trying to figure out how to do the “back office” work. And, as part of its ongoing partnership with the Mississippi Book Festival, the Community Foundation processes and acknowledges all contributions, and handles the books, bill-paying, and other financial operations.

To learn more about how the Community Foundation can provide similar support for your project or initiative, contact us at info@formississippi.org.