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Clinton Community Nature Center
"The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson has shown a very strong interest in assisting the Clinton Community Nature Center in advancing to the next level." –Jerry Wells, Executive Director
The mission of the Clinton Community Nature Center is to conserve and perpetuate its land and historic features while developing a place for the appreciation, enjoyment, and study of nature in all its aspects.
The Center offers numerous on and off-site programs to families, schools, clubs, and other organizations. The Center is home to 2.5 miles of trails with over 300 interpretive signs. The original Natchez Trace borders the north property line. Price Hall, the Center's educational facility, is home to many informational exhibits that appeal to all ages.
The Center is always in need of volunteers and financial supporting partners.
Clinton Library Foundation
"The Clinton Library Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation will allow us to ensure that the Quisenberry Library has a source of funding for supplemental needs for the library and its patrons that would otherwise not be able to be provided by the Library System. This Fund means that the library will continue to be a viable resource to its patrons for years to come.” –Susan Lassiter
The Quisenberry Library in Clinton, Mississippi belongs to the Jackson-Hinds Library System, which provides staffing, utilities, and a certain number of books and programs. The City of Clinton provides the building and maintenance. Unfortunately, neither entity has the budget for all of the extra needs for the library and its patrons--for example, a genealogical room in the new library which needs references books and computer programs, a large children's program which needs supplemental funds for activities and speakers, and shelf space for hundreds of books that the System cannot financially provide. The Clinton Library Foundation Fund was created to provide a permanent source of funds to help toward these valuable resources and programs.
Extra Table is a non-profit organization committed to ending hunger by providing food pantries and soup kitchens with the food they need to feed the hungry. Join us in the fight against hunger!
There exists in Mississippi the nations largest number of documented food insecure individuals. Emergency food pantries are quickly becoming a concept of the past as long-term food needs are becoming the new norm. An astounding 28.3% of Mississippi’s children are receiving a school breakfast and a school lunch, and are then going to bed hungry each night.* Short falls in food are pervading the lives of 56% of individuals aged 65 and older, while hunger across the United States is only on the rise.* Not only is Extra Table filling the gap in Mississippi, but we are also compelled to provide healthy, nutrient dense products to those in need across the country. The foods we provide to soup kitchens and food pantries contain fruits, lean proteins, whole grains, and no high fructose corn syrup. While driving down hunger, we’re simultaneously driving down obesity by getting healthy foods into the hands of those who need it most.
We’ve started to end hunger in Mississippi, and we’re growing everyday. The year 2013 promises growth and expansion into Louisiana, Florida, and Tennessee. We’re heading your way. One day we hope to be in every state helping fill hungry bellies.
Extra Table established its fund to feed the Jackson area’s hungry at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson. Events are planned in 2014 and 2015 to add to this fund and expand the work of Extra Table in the greater Jackson community.
*All statistics are from Feeding America’s Hunger Study.
Foundation of the Mid-South
“The Foundation for the Mid South is a long-time and proud partner of the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, and our board and staff applaud the Foundation’s consistency and effectiveness in creating a better quality of life for all who live in the greater Jackson area.”
The Foundation for the Mid South invests in people and strategies that build philanthropy and promote racial, social, and economic equity in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
The Foundation for the Mid South (FMS) is a regional community foundation serving Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. FMS seeks to strengthen the capacities and resources of institutions and communities to improve the quality of life for all Mid Southerners. The Foundation currently focuses on the following four priority areas in the region: Education, Health and Wellness, Community Development, and Wealth Building.
One of the largest concentrations of chronic poverty in America exists in the Mid South. In an effort to improve the outlook for the region, leaders from the public and private sectors joined together in 1990 to envision a 3-state philanthropic entity that would identify and address regional priorities. FMS was established to strengthen nonprofit organizations and communities throughout the region—enabling them to better leverage local resources and build philanthropy and leadership. There is no other organization that works to lift up the needs of the Mid South and attracts resources (human and financial) from all over the world to improve social and economic conditions in the region.
The Foundation for the Mid South accepts monetary contributions to sustain and expand its work in the Mid South. It also has opportunities for collaboration. FMS encourages collaboration and partnerships. The foundation often serves as a facilitator and convener for local stakeholders, corporations and businesses, and regional and national partners to work together to effect long-term change in the Mid South.
Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation
The Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charged with long-range planning for the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood, which includes the historic Belhaven and Belhaven Heights neighborhoods. The Foundation focuses on historic preservation, economic restructuring, green space enhancement, and safety. Greater Belhaven is an official Mississippi Urban Neighborhood Main Street community. We are at 954 E. Fortification St., Jackson, MS 39202. Tel.: 601-352-8850 Fax: 601-352-8849. Executive Director, Virgi Lindsay. Email: email@example.com
Greater Belhaven spans east and west from Interstate 55 to Congress Street, and north and south from Woodrow Wilson to High Street, and includes two historic neighborhoods, Belhaven and Belhaven Heights. Belhaven Heights is on the south side of Fortification Street, while Belhaven is on the north side. Most of Belhaven Heights is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and includes three historic structures: The Oaks/Boyd House, Bellevue Court Apartments, and North Manor Apartments. Belhaven boasts two properties on the National Register, The Fairview, now a bed and breakfast inn, and the home of Pulitzer Prize winning author Eudora Welty. Belhaven and Belhaven Heights are historic districts governed by the City of Jackson Historic Preservation Commission.
Jackson Free Clinic
The Jackson Free Clinic is a non-profit clinic operated by the medical students of the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Medicine in cooperation with local physicians and community leaders. Its mission is to provide high-quality health services to individuals in Jackson who have inadequate access to medical care, while offering the opportunity for medical students to learn from physicians and other medical students in a collaborative professional setting.
Patient services include examination, treatment, education, preventive care and referrals to appropriate community resources when necessary.
The Jackson Zoo
The Jackson Zoo has attracted people from across the state and beyond for more than 90 years. The Zoo boasts an animal collection representing over 120 species and nearly 800 individual animals that provide glimpses of native wildlife from around the world.
The Jackson Zoo is situated within the historic 110-acre (0.45 km) Livingston Park and welcomes approximately 200,000 visitors annually from Mississippi and surrounding states. 35,000 school children make their way to the Zoo throughout the school year.
Guests can also enjoy fare from the Elephant House Cafe, purchase keepsake merchandise from the Jackson Zoo Trading Company. Picnics are permitted in Livingston Park and rides are available on the Endangered Species Carousel or the train.
The Jackson Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The mission of the Jackson Zoo is to provide visitors with a quality recreational and educational environment dedicated to wildlife care and conservation.
Junior League of Jackson
“The Junior League of Jackson's partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson enables our organizations to grant awards to teachers in elementary, middle and high school to enhance, enrich and support the JPS educational curriculum, thereby improving the lives of children in our community.” --Renee Ebner, President 2008-2009
The Junior League of Jackson is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
LIFE of Mississippi
Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE)
Dedicated to the Empowerment of People with Disabilities
LIFE of Mississippi is the non-profit center for independent living created through federal legislation in 1992. Since 1993, LIFE has enhanced the lives of over 35,000 individuals with disabilities and provided information to more than 170,000 people. It reaches all four corners of the state and serves every county. LIFE services are provided at no cost.
The Magnolia Speech School Foundation
"Magnolia's relationship with the CFGJ, and our Foundation Board's decision to place our endowment with them, is the most financially prudent thing we could do to secure the future of the school. Being able to pool our dollars with other community partners through the CFGJ yields higher income for Magnolia which results in a win/win relationship for everyone. By participation in CFGJ we feel that we can support the community that has given so much to Magnolia Speech School since our founding in 1956." --Anne Sullivan
Magnolia Speech School is an established, accredited auditory-oral program that exists to provide children who have hearing loss or severe language disorders, and their parents, with the educational services necessary to maximize linguistic and communicative competence. The staff at Magnolia uses a life changing curriculum and is specialized in the provision of auditory training, the development of auditory behaviors, speech and language development and intervention strategies for children with hearing loss and severe language disorders. Magnolia offers a specialized Early Intervention Program in which staff members travel to homes of infants and toddlers statewide to provide initial services and to instruct and assist parents in providing the appropriate support for their children. Magnolia Speech School provides services in speech pathology, occupational therapy and educational audiology to support their mission to give all children with hearing loss and severe language disorders the ability to listen and understand and speak and be understood so they can be successful in the mainstream of education and of life.
Magnolia Speech School has the following needs:
• Parking Lot Repair/Expansion
• Sony Radio/Cassette Recorder (Model CFD-S01)
• 2) TV/DVD Combo
• Bookrack for Classroom
• (6) Desktop Computers
• School Van for Monthly Field Trips (15-20 passenger)
• Children’s Library Books (Pre-K – 8th grade)
• Children’s Toys – Age appropriate for birth – 3 years old
• G-Rated Children’s DVDs
• Canon Vixia HF10 HD Camcorder/3.3 Megapixels
• Computer Lab Software from Learning Services (1-800-877-9378
• (3) Kodak Z980 Digital Cameras with 2G+ Memory Cards
• (2) Boom Box with CD Player
• Black and Color Ink Cartridges for Dell A940 Printer
• (6) 19" LCD monitors
• (3) Cisco 24/48 Port 10/100 Managed Switches
• 4-5 Shelf Lockable Metal Cabinet for Server Room
• Fellowes S8-89Ci Paper Shredder (Office Depot)
• Portable All-N-1 TV/DVD (to take off site for presentations)
In 1995, fifteen centuries after boys began singing in the cathedrals of western Europe, a boychoir was born in Mississippi. Its mission: to train the voices of musically talented young men, showcase them in performances, and train them in the qualities needed to become leaders.
The boys have worked to develop vocal techniques, self-discipline, learn music in a variety of styles, and have fun singing! Your Mississippi Boychoir has given its audiences unforgettable experiences that connect them with this ancient boychoir tradition. Our boys have sung in schools and retirement homes, for baseball fans in Mississippi and in Atlanta, at Walt Disney World in Florida, and at festivals across the United States. Mississippi Boychoir established a reserve fund and an endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
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Mississippi Children’s Museum
The Mississippi Children’s Museum offers a unique educational experience for children of all ages from across the state. The museum is 40,000 square feet of exhibit space designed around five themes of Mississippi heritage, health and nutrition, cultural arts, and science and technology. The goal is to provide a unique and exciting educational experience that ignites and inspires a thirst for discovery, knowledge and learning in all children. The primary objectives are fun and play!
The Mississippi Children’s Museum joins over 300 other children’s museums around the country to address the urgent need of children to find ways to engage in active play that unleashes their curiosity and allows them to explore and discover.
Mississippi Food Network
"An endowment fund will help us build for our future and ensure sustainability for our organization and the people we serve each month. It will help us make sure that mother’s are not having to put their children to bed at night hungry, that senior citizens will not have to choose between food and medicine, and that working poor families who do not make enough money each month to pay all their expenses will still be able to provide food for their families. This is why Mississippi Food Network is here – this is why we need to work towards future of sustaining the programs of Mississippi Food Network." --Marilyn Blackledge
The mission of Mississippi Food Network is to relieve poverty-related hunger in its service area by distributing donated and purchased food and grocery products through a network of member churches and non-profit organizations. It also provides nutrition education to needy clients and emphasizes advocacy and related needs.
Since 1984, Mississippi Food Network has been providing food and other household items to member agencies and the clients they serve in their respective communities in a 56 county service area. Mississippi Food Network provides food to more than 100,000 people each month through the services of our 320 member agencies. Its member agencies operate emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, group homes, senior citizen programs, and afterschool programs.
In addition to regular food distribution, it has a Child Feeding Program that consists of a snack program and a BackPack Program. The snack program provides afterschool snacks to 560 children at 11 locations each afternoon. The BackPack Program supplies 215 backpacks at four locations to children each week. These children receive a backpack of “child friendly foods” each Friday to help relieve hunger during the weekend hours when they do not have access to meals at school.
Mississippi Heritage Trust Dorothy Shaifer Fund
In 2001 The Dorothy Shaifer Fund was established to benefit the Mississippi Heritage Trust in support of the various activities of the Trust. One such activity is the biennial recognition of the Ten Most Endangered Historical Places in Mississippi.
MHT is a statewide organization dedicated to the preservation of the prehistoric and historic cultural resources of Mississippi. MHT fulfills its mission through education, advocacy, and active preservation using a range of programs and activities that reach communities throughout the state.
The Mississippi Heritage Trust is one of the leaders in the statewide preservation movement along with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History and the Mississippi Main Street Association. Because preservation takes time and ultimately preservation happens locally, MHT helps provide the continuity for, credibility to, and awareness of local preservation efforts. The battle for preservation is fought daily. MHT fights that battle in Mississippi.
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation
"The Museum of Natural Science Foundation is pleased to partner with the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson in our joint efforts to improve the lives of all Mississippians."
The mission of the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is to promote understanding and appreciation of Mississippi's biological diversity through collections, research, scientific databases, education, and exhibits; and to inspire the people of our state to respect the environment and to preserve natural Mississippi.
The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science has the following needs:
• Increased funding for teacher workshops
• Sponsorships for temporary exhibits
• Increased funding for hands-on exhibits and outdoor play areas
• Increased funding for pre-school science education programming
Mississippi Opera Association
“Mississippi Opera is extremely proud of our partnership with The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, and we are most fortunate to have such a responsible and caring group of people watching over and investing in the community we serve." –Elizabeth Buyan, Executive Director
Mississippi Opera is celebrating 65 years of excellence making us the 10th oldest professional opera company in the nation. Since our grassroots beginning in 1945, Mississippi Opera has continued to provide the southeast with first-class opera productions featuring notables like Renee Fleming, Beverly Sills, John Alexander, and more. Mississippi Opera's mission is to enhance Mississippi's cultural and economic development by presenting high quality opera performances in an accessible manner; to identify and develop regional operatic artist; and to promote the understanding and appreciation of opera through education, ourtreach, and audience development..
Mississippi Opera currently needs suppor in the following areas:
• endowment development
• funding for performances
• funding for educational and outreach programs
Mississippi Symphony Orchestra
“The Mississippi Symphony Orchestra enjoys a great partnership with the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson – bringing the life-changing gift of live orchestral music to the entire state.” –Michael Beattie
In its 65th consecutive year, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra performs concerts and educational offerings statewide. MSO offers three subscription series in Jackson: Classical, Pops, Chamber. Highlights include the popular Mozart by Candlelight chamber concert and Pepsi Pops – a family outdoor concert at Old Trace Park. Concerts feature nationally acclaimed guest artists and frequent collaboration with Mississippi artists, colleges and choirs. MSO offers significant educational engagement through young peoples concerts, in-school ensemble visits and a string instruction program. The orchestra is supported by a vibrant board and by the 300-member Jackson Symphony League. For more information, visit www.msorchestra.com.
The Mississippi Symphony Orchestras has current needs in the following areas:
• percussion instruments ranging in cost from $500 to $4,000
• music for the orchestral library ranging in cost from $500 to $1,000
• funding for staff continuing education
The Mustard Seed is a faith-based community for mentally challenged adults that seeks to meet the spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual needs of adults with developmental disabilities by providing a loving and protected environment with meaningful activities that allow the participants to fulfill the potential that God has created within them..The Mustard Seed enriches the lives of 41 adults through a well-rounded program. Established in 1981, it is entirely privately funded. Services provided include:
• Art therapy: A unique ceramic program offers creative work that allows each “Seedster”, as clients are lovingly called, to reach their full potential. Ceramic sales provide 12.5% of the monies needed to operate the Mustard Seed. Each piece is unique, colorful and painted in each Seedster’s personal style and at their individual pace.
• Music therapy enhances self worth. Our very well-known Bells of Faith hand bell choir performs at various Mississippi churches and events.
• 14 residents live in the group homes. Within the households Seedsters share experiences and responsibilities in a family-like atmosphere with their roommates, housemates, and group home parents.
• 41 Seedsters participate in our day program. They thrive on socialization with our community neighbors. They engage daily in various activities in the surrounding communities and on the Mustard Seed Campus.
You can help the Mustard Seed by:
• Monetary contributions to the general support of the Mustard Seed.
• Purchasing Mustard Seed ceramics in our gift shop, or online
• Volunteering your time at the Mustard Seed. For a detailed list of volunteer needs visit.
New Stage Theatre
“New Stage’s relationship with the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson has helped support the theatre’s Eudora Welty New Play Series.”–Dawn Buck, Managing Director
New Stage Theatre was chartered as a nonprofit organization in 1965, producing its initial season in the winter/spring of 1966. Founded by Jane Reid-Petty with the assistance of the American National Theatre Academy and Actors’ Equity Association, dedication to professional excellence in theatre arts was part of the theatre’s original mission. New Stage’s first home was a converted church, and the full houses for its opening season were significant: they represented the city’s first racially integrated theatre audience. The mission of New Stage Theatre is to provide professional theatre of the highest quality for the people of Mississippi and the Southeast.
New Stage is always in need of volunteers to help in areas such as carpentry, scene painting, graphic design, front of house, and other miscellaneous needs throughout the season. New Stage receives furniture and clothing donations to supplement our costume and scenery needs. New Stage also accepts monetary donations year round to help cover the operating costs of the theatre.
Parents for Public Schools
"We at Parents for Public Schools of Jackson are extremely grateful for the support we have received from The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and for their efforts to connect people and organizations dedicated to changing lives and transforming our communities." --Susan Womack
Founded in Jackson, MS in 1989, Parents for Public Schools of Jackson is a community organization working to bring parents and other concerned citizens together across historic divisions of race, socio-economic status, geography and special interests as champions for public schools and advocates for quality education for all children. Our programs and activities advance three primary goals (1) developing parents as advocacy leaders and partners in the education of their children; (2) ensuring quality teaching and learning for all children; and (3) engaging the public in active support of educating all children
Parents for Public Schools has needs in the following areas:
• Monetary Donations
• Sponsors for Events and Promotional Items
• In-Kind contributions
—Professional services (marketing, photography, graphic design)
—Supplies (for workshops and training sessions)
—“Post-It” Flip charts
—Give Away Items (Pens, stress balls, visors, cups, etc.)
—Color copy paper
Stewpot Community Services
“Stewpot is very grateful for the funding opportunities that the Community Foundation has located and cultivated for us.” -–Rev. Frank Spencer, Executive Director
Stewpot is an interfaith organization started in 1981 as a noon feeding program for the homeless. In the intervening years, Stewpot has expanded its ministries to include four shelters for men, women, and children, an after-school program for over 100 at-risk children, a day shelter for the homeless, a food pantry, a clothing closet, and other ministries for those in need. All of Stewpot’s services are free for those who need them.
Since Stewpot serves over 500 meals a day in its noon feeding program and its shelters, it is always in need of donations of canned goods and other staples. Stewpot also needs volunteers. Contact: Rev. Frank Spencer at 601.353.2759 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stricker Fund for the Community Place
“Community Place is committed to serving our elders for the long-term, and a fund at the Community Foundation will help us ensure that we can do just that.” -–Michelle Daniel, Executive Director
The Stricker Foundation for the benefit of the Community Place is a nonprofit skilled nursing home facility originally founded as Community Hospital in 1932. It currently serves approximately 60 elders in the Metro Jackson area. Community Place approaches eldercare holistically, aiming to meet the physical, mental, spiritual and social needs of its Elders. The Stricker Fund was established as part of a capital campaign to support Community Place.
Women's Fund of Mississippi
“The Women’s Fund of Mississippi began as a field-of-interest fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and we believe (from experience) that the CFGJ is the best organization to manage our endowment, enabling us to grow, and insuring a prosperous future.” –Carol Penick, Executive Director
The Women’s Fund is a foundation which raises funds and makes grants to nonprofit organizations that help improve the lives of women and girls. The three areas of focus for its grant-making activities are:
• Early care and education
• Teen health
• Prevention of violence against women.
Women’s funds in general, and the WF of Mississippi in specific, work to find the cause of the problem, concentrating on social change rather than social work.
The Women's Fund is in need of:
• $100 memberships
• Contributions to grants
• Contributions to the endowment
• Contributions to the operating budget
• Office supplies for the new Women’s Fund office:
—Gift certificate to Office Depot
—Volunteers to help with mailings
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