Our History - A Legacy of Giving

In 1994, Jackson was the largest city in the southeast United States without a community foundation. A visionary group of Leadership Jackson alumni saw this void and banded together to create a foundation with the goal of establishing a permanent endowment for our community.


In the 23 years since its inception, that seedling foundation evolved into the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and has increased from four charitable funds in 1996 to more than 236 funds today. From modest beginnings of $250,000, the Community Foundation now holds more than $50 million in charitable assets.


We serve a compassionate and giving community. Together with those who have created charitable giving funds and our Partners, we have already made a difference in the lives of thousands. Since 1995, we have made grants (both in-state and out), totaling more than $40 million. With the help of these grants, organizations are able to continue their work, transforming lives and strengthening their communities.


We work with attorneys, accountants, financial advisors and others who trust us to help their clients write the last chapter of their lives. We are thrilled to have helped so many of you begin a lifetime of giving back to your community and leave a legacy of giving for generations to come.


At the Community Foundation, we are not just concerned about now, or next month or even next year. The Foundation will make an impact in 10, 20, 50, 100 years from now. We are here - For Good, Forever.





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