March 2020
CFM Activates Fund in Response to COVID-19

All donations to the fund administered at the Community Foundation for Mississippi will support Mississippi people and communities

As Mississippi communities take steps to protect citizens
from the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Community Foundation for Mississippi (CFM) is working with a growing network of partners to ensure the resources for responding to
and recovering from crises are available to meet the current and future needs of the state’s
residents. The Mississippi Community Relief and Recovery Fund supports the immediate and
long-term needs of communities and organizations working on responding to emerging and
extraordinary events, including COVID-19. All tax-deductible donations to the fund will support
people and communities in Mississippi.

“One of our primary roles as a community foundation is connecting community needs to
philanthropic resources that make a positive and lasting difference,” said Jane Alexander,
president and CEO of CFM. “Over the next few weeks, we will be working with our partners to
identify the most effective ways to connect individuals and communities to the resources they
need to thrive.”

The Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy (the Alliance) will be working with the
eight Volunteer and Nonprofit Hub directors, state agencies, and local municipal leaders to
assess and understand the evolving needs of individuals, families, and communities throughout
the state.

“Having a ready pool of dollars to deploy to communities is a critical part of the response to and
recovery from crises,” Alexander added. “We encourage donations from our foundations,
corporations, businesses, and individuals in this most generous state.”

“Mississippi has a powerful and longstanding tradition of neighbors pitching in to help each other
in times of need,” said Sammy Moon, executive director of the Alliance. “We are committed to
working with our members and others to ensure safe and appropriate community-level
responses by nonprofits and philanthropy as they serve Mississippi communities.”

Donations to Mississippi Community Relief and Recovery are tax-deductible and can be made
by visiting the community foundation’s website,
CFM Offices Closed to Public
Operations schedule subject to revision

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have made the decision to close our offices to the public and to reschedule in-person meetings. For the next several weeks, our team will work remotely when possible for the health and safety of our community and will update you as the situation changes. Support will be available to help you, though you may experience a longer than normal wait time when contacting us by phone. Visit our website for the latest information.
Contact us

General information

Jane Alexander
President and CEO
601.974.6044, ext. 222

Jackie Bailey
VP of Operations
601.974.6044, ext. 227

Dawn Upchurch
VP of Finance
601.974.6044, ext. 223

Theresa Erickson
VP for Philanthropy
601.974.6044, ext. 224

Susan Frazier
Donor and Grant Services
601.974.6044, ext. 221
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