January 2020
Time Sensitive News!
Endow Mississippi 2020
Mississippi Tax Credit Program returns for second year

Endow Mississippi provides a 25% tax credit to donors who give to permanent endowed funds at qualified community foundations, including the Community Foundation for Mississippi. In 2019, Mississippi donors were able to use the $500,000 in tax credits that were available statewide.

2020 Applications will be accepted beginning January 31

  • You may submit an application to CFM at any time. The minimum donation is $1,000 and maximum is $200,000, although donors may apply for more than one gift each year. Once certified by the community foundation, applications are time-stamped and transmitted to the Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy.

  • Applications will be transmitted in order of receipt from CFM to the Alliance beginning January 31, 2020, at 12:01 a.m. We anticipate the credits will go very quickly.

  • The gift is not necessary at the time of application. However, all gifts must be completed by September 30, 2020.

  • Corporations as well as individuals may apply.

A New Civic Covenant
The Harwood Institute and CFM report on the first steps

In the summer of 2019, The Harwood Institute for Public Policy, in partnership with the Community Foundation for Mississippi, interviewed 25 community leaders to learn about their aspirations and concerns for the city of Jackson, and then convened these leaders for a daylong meeting at The Two Museums. These candid conversations provided a roadmap for how best to tackle the underlying conditions in Jackson together, resulting in the report A New Civic Covenant - Jackson Ready to Step Forward .
Over the next several months, CFM will host The Harwood Institute's Public Innovators Lab to train approximately 75 community members to become a collective force for change. From this training, groups of public innovators will receive ongoing coaching to drive collective action across Jackson. We welcome your comments, your ideas for candidates for the Public Innovators Lab training, and your support for the metro area, for good, forever.
"The only way to make progress is to move forward with greater common purpose guided and shaped by a new civic covenant."
Rich Harwood
CFM Welcomes New VP for Philanthropy
Theresa Erickson to help develop
CFM's expanded footprint

Theresa Erickson has over 30 years of experience in leadership and management both in the private and public sectors. She is a value-driven visionary leader who has a passion to bring about positive change in communities.
She recently joined the Community Foundation for Mississippi serving as the Vice President for Philanthropy where she will build relationships with professional advisors, charitably minded individuals and businesses who want to leave a legacy to enhance the quality of life in their communities. In addition, she will plan, execute and lead a comprehensive effort to grow the Foundation. 
She started her career in Community Foundation work in 2009 as the first Executive Director of the PineBelt Community Foundation. In this role she was responsible for growing the Foundation from a volunteer-run Foundation to a Foundation with over 200 Funds and $6 million in assets. She also served as the Development Director of the Community Foundation for Northwest Mississippi. 
Previous to nonprofit work, Theresa served as the Business Development Director at Hattiesburg Clinic, a multi-specialty group practice with 300 providers. In this role she was responsible for all strategic planning, marketing, advertising, and public relations for all physician specialty departments. In addition, she developed a physician referral services program. 
She has a passion for helping nonprofits become sustainable. Her volunteer work includes serving on numerous nonprofit Boards including: American Red Cross, United Way, YMCA, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Pine Belt Animal Shelter. 
Ms. Erickson received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Lubbock Christian University and her Master’s degree in Communication from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. She has also received the Certified Marketing Executive (CME) status by Sales and marketing Executives International’s Accreditation Institute.
In addition to work, she enjoys yoga, biking, kayaking, photography, gardening (or playing in the dirt), and hanging out with her two dogs. 
Get Social
We want to keep in touch with you. Follow us on  Facebook Twitter , and  Instagram  for news and updates. Let us know you stopped by our social networks by liking a post, leaving a comment or sharing our news on your social networks.