November 2019
Southeastern Council of Foundations Marks 50 Years
CFM Leaders attend annual meeting in Atlanta event

The Southeastern Council of Foundations’ 50th Annual Meeting hosted a record-breaking attendance of more than 1,000 philanthropists from across 11 states. Community Foundation for Mississippi Board of Trustees members and staff attending were Will Crossley, CFM Vice Chair; Debra McGee, Trustee; Jane Alexander, President and CEO, and Jon Turner, Chair.

The Southeastern Council of Foundations is a membership association of more than 360 grantmakers working together to strengthen, promote and increase philanthropy in 11 Southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia). Jane Alexander serves on the SECF Board of Trustees.

Nonprofit investment grants were awarded in 2019 to build operational capacity and support training. All grants required a financial match.

Gallant Hearts Guide Dogs
Workshop puts guide dog puppies (and their owners) through their paces

The mission of Madison, Mississippi-based Gallant Heart Guide Dog Center is to breed, raise, train and place healthy, well-trained dogs with qualified individuals. Sponsored in part by a grant from CFM, the Train the Trainers workshop was designed to help puppy raisers prepare their guide dogs in training puppies for guide dog harness training.

The workshop was the recipient in June of a competitive grant from the Foundation. To learn more about the program, visit Gallant Hearts Guide Dog Center
Institute of Southern Jewish Life
Training the Trainers program teaches volunteers the skills to lead literacy programs

For years the literacy initiatives, Our Reading Family and the Literacy Achievement Bonanza day camp at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life have demonstrated that they are successful and powerful tools. While the demand for the programs has remained high, the resources - staff, space, funding - have been more limited. A grant from CFM allowed ISJL to expand its literacy programs by working with new partners, including the Junior League of Jackson, and identifying new sites and opportunities.

The ISJL Department of Community Engagement works in partnership with a broad network of service-based organizations, including public schools, nonprofits, churches, community groups, and Jewish community members to address a range of social issues that affect all people in the Southern region.
To learn more about the program, visit Community Engagement at the Institute of Southern Life.
For Good Forever
Endowment Challenge
CFM Offers Matching Grants
Nonprofit endowments are a means to long-term sustainability

To mark our 25th Anniversary year, the Community Foundation is challenging five nonprofit partners to build endowment funds.

We want to work with some of our best grantee partners— those with strong organizations, excellent programs and great outcomes — who are ready to embark on an endowment campaign. Gifts made to these endowment funds are magnified by the matching grants CFM makes to those funds.

The Foundation will make available an “up to” amount, to establish or add to an endowment fund for each of the selected nonprofits. The timeline is limited, and each challenge is unique.

Click on the links below to learn more about each challenge.
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