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hosts a variety of funds suited to their creators. We categorize these by the donor's intention. Click the type for a list of these institutions of generosity.

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  • Scholarships are established by organizations wishing to promote study in their particular fields or by families in memory of a loved one.

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  • Awards recognize outstanding achievement in a field named by the donor.

  • Field of Interest Funds benefit a specific area of need.

  • Donor Advised Funds allow generous people the flexibility to give cash, stock or personal property to establish a fund and then to give to the charities of their choice over a period of months, years or forever.

  • Designated Funds are established by or for a particular nonprofit organizatioin and are usually endowed. Routine support is provided to the nonprofit from these funds.


  • Outstanding Educator Awards - Teaching is among the noblest professions in society, and those who excel deserve more than a simple "thank you". That was the thinking behind an anonymous gift presented by a Jackson couple in 2001 to create the Outstanding Educator Awards Fund, which presents a cash award to teachers and administrators selected each year by Parents for Public Schools as Jackson's top educatiors.

  • Bill Minor Journalism Prize - To encourage and recognize quality news reporting in Mississippi, an anonymous couple endowed a fund in honor of veteran reporter and columnist Bill Minor, known as the "Dean of Mississippi Journalism". The fund provides cash awards to honorees selected by the Mississippi Press Association from among first-place winners in its annual Better Newpaper Contest.

  • Mississippi Historical Society History Teacher of the Year Award - Anonymous donors created a fund to support history teachers in our state. This fund provides an annual monetary award presented by the Mississippi Historical Society. The award memorializes Dr. John K. Bettersworth, the distinguished historian and author who served as professor and administrator at Mississippi State University for almost forty years. Dr. Bettersworth also served as president of the Mississippi Historical Society and as a longtime member of the board of trustees of the Department of Archives and History.

  • Richard Wright Literary Excellence Award - This award was established in 1994 and an endowment was created at CFGJ in 2011 by an anonymous donor. Winners of the award are honored each year for their body of literary work. They must be outstanding, living writers with a strong Mississippi connection. The internationally known author, Richard Wright was born near Natchez in 1908, the son of a country schoolteacher and sharecropper. Wright’s first novel, Native Son, was published in 1940 and was an immediate success. His Black Boy, a fictionalized autobiography, was published in 1945 and sold 400,000 copies in three months. The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration honors Mississippi authors by selecting recipients each year.

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Field of Interst Funds

  • The Learning Project - Founded in 1995 and one of the Foundation’s oldest funds, The Learning Project was funded through a challenge grant from The Phil Hardin Foundation of Meridian. Believing that learning can take place at any age, the Hardin Foundation requires that the fund be used for learners of all ages, whether in a school environment or another venue.

  • Betty Hunt Williams Charitable Fund - An endowment created to benefit children, the Betty Hunt Williams Charitable Fund was established at the Community Foundation by Raymond and Margery Martin of Jackson in memory of Margery’s mother, a school teacher. Since the fund’s creation in 1998, thousands of dollars have been granted locally to children in need.

  • A+ Fund - Created in February of 2000 as a result of the Hardin Educational Leadership Program Campaign, the A+ Fund provides mini-grants to teachers in classrooms across the tri-county area of Hinds, Madison, and Rankin Counties for professional development and bringing in the latest educational ideas or initiatives.

  • Julian and Kathryn Wiener Charitable Fund - In October of 2000 this fund was created to provide transportation for young students to the Mississippi Museum of Art, the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, or the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science.

  • Nissan/BankPlus Education Mini-Grant Program - Started in 2007, the Nissan/BankPlus Education Mini-Grant program provides grants for teachers in the Canton Public Schools and the Madison County Public Schools through a partnership between Nissan North America, BankPlus and the Community Foundation.

  • Better Futures Endowment for the Education of Young Children - With a goal of seeking and supporting educational opportunities that help create and nurture better futures for young children, especially those who are most vulnerable and in distress, this endowment was created by matching a challenge grant from The Phil Hardin Foundation.

  • Mississippi Endowment for the Arts Fund - Initially started with gifts from the Chem First/First Mississippi Corporation Charitable Endowment Fund and the Hiatt-Ingram Fund, our state’s own endowment for the arts will provide funding for a wide range of artistic creation statewide.

  • Mississippi Arts Commission Avery B. Dille, III Fund for Art Acquisition - This fund, created in 2008, supports the Arts Commission’s acquisition of paintings other than portraits and still life created by established Masters.

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Donor Advised Funds

  • Anonymous (2)

  • Brown Family Charitable Fund - 1995

  • Community Trust Fund - 1995

  • Hiatt-Ingram Fund - 1995

  • Jay Wiener Fund - 1996

  • Gaines P. Sturdivant Charitable Fund - 1997

  • Jean and Tim Medley Charitable Fund - 1997

  • Dudley J. Hughes Charitable Fund - 1997

  • The Forum Fund - 1997

  • Kane and Betsy Ditto Charitable Fund - 1998

  • Renaissance Fund - 1998

  • Thomas M. Blake Charitable Fund #2 - 1998

  • Donald Richard Hall Memorial Fund - 1999

  • Larry W. and Pamela B. Edwards Charitable Fund - 1999

  • Andrew Alexander Irby Charitable Fund - 1999

  • Charles Lyons Irby Jr. Charitable Fund - 1999

  • Natalie Read Irby Charitable Fund - 1999

  • Stuart M. Irby Jr. Charitable Fund - 1999

  • Earle and Irene Jones Charitable Fund - 1999

  • Booth Family Fund - 2000

  • Kelley and Jean Williams Family Fund - 2000

  • MMI Hotel Group/MMI Dining Systems Charitable Fund - 2001

  • Wells Marble & Hurst Charitable Fund - 2001

  • Inez Lay Rosenthall Education Fund - 2002

  • ChemFirst/First Mississippi Corporation Charitable Endowment Fund - 2002

  • Ernest Williams Graves and Nancy Chenault Graves Charitable Fund - 2002

  • Charles and Kate Irby Charitable Fund - 2002

  • Tzedakah Charitable Fund - 2002

  • Martin H. and Lyllian L. McMullan Charitable Fund - 2003

  • Dean and Ann Blackwell Charitable Fund - 2003

  • Janet and Luther Ott Charitable Fund - 2004

  • Dr. and Mrs. William C. McQuinn Charitable Fund - 2004

  • Cynthia B. Adams Charitable Fund - 2005

  • Max Pharr Estate Fund - 2005

  • Jerald Beasley Charitable Fund - 2005

  • Irby Investments LLC Charitable Fund - 2005

  • John and Lucy Shackelford Charitable Fund - 2005

  • I Have A Dream Charitable Fund - 2005

  • Stuart M. Irby Jr. Charitable Fund (II) - 2005

  • Al Doty Charitable Fund - 2006

  • Liles Williams Charitable Fund - 2006

  • Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Fund - 2006

  • Thomas G. and Louise H. Gresham Charitable Fund - 2006

  • Rhesa and Claire Barksdale Charitable Fund - 2007

  • Richard L. Forman Charitable Fund - 2007

  • James W. O'Mara Charitable Fund - 2007

  • Stephen W. Rosenblatt Charitable Fund - 2007

  • Jay A. Travis III Charitable Fund - 2007

  • Ruth and Carl Black Charitable Fund - 2007

  • Barbara and Barry Powell Charitable Fund - 2007

  • Asoka and Seetha Srinivasan Charitable Fund - 2007

  • Wirt and Linda Yerger Charitable Fund - 2008

  • Alferdteen Brown Harrison Charitable Fund - 2008

  • C.G. Johnson Family Charitable Fund - 2008

  • Tom Ashworth Charitable Fund - 2008

  • Susan and Hibbett Neel Charitable Fund - 2009

  • Dowell Family Charitable Fund - 2010

  • Suzan and J.H. Thames Jr. Family Charitable Fund - 2011

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Designated Funds

  • Jackson/Hinds Library System Endowment Fund - The Library System’s fund with the Community Foundation supports its plans for future development and its ability to acquire public and private dollars to keep up with the rapidly changing needs of the community. The fund provides for long-term enhancement of book and audio-visual collections and other high-demand materials in local libraries. (1997)

  • Nonprofit Management Education Endowment Fund - The Mississippi Center for Nonprofits’ endowment with the Community Foundation ensures that its many programs continue to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits to serve the people of Mississippi. This includes conferences, training workshops and networking opportunities to educate members of the Center and other professionals in the state’s nonprofit sector. (1997)

  • Eudora Welty New Play Series Endowment Fund - New Stage Theater established a fund with the Community Foundation in honor of a founding member and one of Mississippi’s most beloved writers, Eudora Welty. Each season a new play premiers as part of the Welty Series, which was begun in 1985 to produce original works by Southern playwrights. (1998)

  • Stewpot Community Services Endowment Fund and the Stewpot Community Services Special Opportunity Fund - Providing basic necessities for those in need has been the mission of Stewpot Community Services since its founding in 1981. Stewpot chose the Community Foundation to manage its permanent endowment, in addition to a reserve fund, to support a variety of essential programs, including a community kitchen, Meals on Wheels, emergency shelters, a clothing closet, programs for the elderly and counseling services. (1998)

  • Junior League of Jackson/UMC Children's Cancer Clinic Endowment Fund and the Junior League of Jackson/UMC Children's Cancer Clinic Special Fund - In 1991, one of the Junior League of Jackson’s largest fundraising projects culminated with the opening of the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Funds remaining after construction and additional donations were placed with the Community Foundation to support the Junior League’s continued service and outreach for young cancer patients at UMC. (1999)

  • Irene T. Jones Charitable Lead Annuity Trust - Looking to the future, Irene and Earl Jones set out to lay the ground work for a legacy of charitable giving. Estate planning experts determined that this could be best accomplished in their lifetime using a tax exemption vehicle that would sustain a donor-advised fund which can pass to their children and grandchildren. In this way the Jones' have institutionalized planned giving in their family heritage. (1999)

  • Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Foundation Endowment Fund and the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Foundation Reserve Fund - The band plays on for many appreciative Mississippians, thanks to a fund created by the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Foundation. By moving its assets into a permanent endowment with the Community Foundation, the Symphony can continue to provide season after season of entertainment and cultural enrichment, as well as youth outreach and education. (2000)

  • Foundation for the Mid South Endowment Fund - Regional cooperation is at the heart of The Foundation for the Mid South’s mission in Mississippi, Arkansas and Louisiana. Understanding the vital work done by FMS, the Stuart C. Irby Company of Jackson presented a stock gift to the Community Foundation in 2000 to create an endowment to fund FMS programs that address critical quality-of-life needs in the region. (2000)

  • Claiborne Avenue Park Fund - The Junior League of Jackson entrusted the Foundation with funds to develop acreage off Claiborne Avenue in West Jackson into a green space open to the community. (2000)

  • Jackson Public Schools Education Foundation Trust Fund - Jackson is filled with talented educators who want all students to succeed – but their creativity is often stifled by the reality of limited school budgets. In 2001, the MetroJackson Chamber of Commerce entrusted the Community Foundation with management and oversight of the Jackson Public Schools Education Foundation Trust, Inc., which provides annual grant support to JPS teachers. (2000)

  • The Jackson Fund - Established in 2001 by an anonymous Jackson couple, The Jackson Fund makes grants to programs that promote the advancement of civilization in the Jackson area. (2001)

  • Jason Darrell Roberson Memorial Mission Fund - Ken and Billie Jo Roberson established a fund to honor their son, Jason, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1999 at the age of 16. Jason’s enthusiastic involvement in mission work in Central America inspired the Robersons to support ongoing mission projects sponsored by First Baptist Church of Flora, where their son served in the Youth Council. (2001)

  • Dorothy Shaifer Fund - Begun in 2001 in honor of Dorothy Shaifer to benefit the Mississippi Heritage Trust, the fund supports the various activities of the Trust. Among the Mississippi Heritage Trust’s activities is the Ten Most Endangered historical site recognition each year. (2002)

  • The Women’s Fund Endowment - The Women’s Fund of Mississippi began as a field of interest fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson. In April 2009, the Women’s Fund became a stand-alone nonprofit organization with a statewide presence. The CFGJ is proud of this success story of the birth of an organization from one of our funds. With its expansion statewide The Women’s Fund of Mississippi has become an advocacy organization increasing the status of women and girls in our state while continuing its grantmaking to improve the lives of women and girls. The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson continues to hold and manage the Women’s Fund of Mississippi’s endowment, which will enable the organization to grow and insure it has a prosperous future. (2002)

  • Thomas M. Blake Funds for Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, University of Mississippi Medical Center and Vanderbilt University - When Dr. Blake died in 2002, his legacy of philanthropy for the charities he loved lived on through endowments with the Community Foundation. Part of an endowment was used to create the Patrick H. Lehan Fund to benefit the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Division of Cardiology. Other beneficiaries include UMC scholarship recipients, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and St. James Episcopal Church. (2003)

  • Lucille Thomas Charitable Fund - Established in 2003 by the late Lucille Thomas of Meridian, this fund supports St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Meridian, Mississippi through an annual gift. (2003)

  • Mississippi Opera Association Endowment Fund - A gift in 2004 endowed this fund which supports the general operations and productions of the Mississippi Opera Association. (2004)

  • Mississippi Association of Grantmakers Fund - Family, private and corporate foundations and giving programs join representatives of Mississippi’s community foundations for programs related to philanthropy through the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers. (2005)

  • Millsaps Fund 2015 - This fund supports specific programs at the College. The donors can vary the use of the fund as desired. (2005)

  • Peggy Mize Fund for the IBC - Jackson oil man William D. Mounger and his assistant of 45 years, Peggy Mize, were more than just devoted business associates – they were also avid fans of the USA International Ballet Competition. The fund he established after her death in 2006 provides scholarships for superior dancers from around the world who want to participate in the IBC. (2006)

  • Zora A. Brown Memorial Fund - The Zora A. Brown Memorial Fund was created by Friends of Mississippi Public Broadcasting to maintain a garden planted in memory of their long-time executive director, Zo Brown, who died in 2002. A portion of the earnings invested with the Community Foundation is used for upkeep of “Zo’s Garden,” which is located on the grounds of the MPB building in Jackson. (2006)

  • Jane Crater Hiatt Mississippi Invitational and Artist Fellowship Fund - Reflecting her long-time love of art and support of its creators, as well as her leadership of major arts organizations in Mississippi and Tennessee, Jane Crater Hiatt and her husband, Wood, endowed a fund that enables winning exhibitors in the Mississippi Museum of Art’s biennial Mississippi Invitational to travel and study to expand their vision, scope and skills. (2007)

  • Mississippi Arts Commission Arts Education Fund - Privately supported, this fund supports the Whole Schools Initiative, programs relating to arts in education, research into the value of arts in the educational process, adding educational components to exhibitions, tours, performances, keynote addresses, and similar purposes. (2007)

  • Dorothy and Harold Miller, Jr. Charitable Fund - In 1957 Dorothy and Harold were married at the St. James Episcopal Church in Jackson, MS. To commemorate their 50th Wedding Anniversay the Millers' opened this designated endowment fund which gives 5% of the fund balance to the chuch each year on their anniversary, forever. The Miller's lifelong romance coupled with purely altruistic intent is now manifested for the ages. (2007)

  • Parents for Public Schools Mississippi Endowment for Parent Organizing, Leadership and Advocacy - Parents for Public Schools equips and empowers parents to strengthen public schools and to engage school administrators and policymakers to shape school programs, policies and governance. By training parent leaders to organize and advocate, the quality of public education opportunities for students across Mississippi will be impacted. (2007)

  • Elaine and Emanuel Crystal Charitable Fund - This fund was created with proceeds from the estate of Emanuel Crystal who carefully made provisions for the nonprofits he cherished through his last will and testament. Emanuel was known to family and friends as "Manny". Beneficiaries of his thoughtful bequest are the Beth Israel Congregation, Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Millsaps College, Mississippi Museum of Art, Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, Women's Fund and Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. (2008)

  • Clinton Community Nature Center Endowment Fund - A gift of thirty-three wooded acres from the Price Hall family of Clinton fifteen years ago formed the basis of the Clinton Community Nature Center, a scenic nature preserve that is widely enjoyed by the public. The Nature Center also offers numerous on- and off-site programs to families, schools, clubs, and other organizations. (2008)

  • Mississippi Department of Corrections Employee Relief Fund - Through this fund begun in 2008, MDOC employees, through payroll contributions, can provide assistance to fellow employees and their families who are affected by disaster, terminal disease or serious or fatal accident. (2008)

  • Kindness Is Donating Sound (K.I.D.S.) Fund - Her passion for music and the transformation of lives that can come through music education led Bette Shornick to create this fund. The fund will be used to provide music education opportunities and instruments for deserving children. (2008)

  • Fund for Excellence in the Arts - The Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts were started in the 1980s to recognize excellence in the arts in Mississippi and/or creative works by artists associated with Mississippi. This fund will help support the Awards in future years. (2008)

  • Thomas G. Ramey and Peggy Huff Harris Fund - Peggy Harris found herself in a dilemma, with the untimely passing of her beloved son Thomas Ramey there was nobody to carry on her life's work of doing for others. This did not stop Peggy and neither would her own death. Peggy put together a team of estate planners and compassionate friends that understood her intentions and shared her dreams. The outcome was nothing short of an amazing combination of eight charities that will receive substantial yearly payments, forever! Using a designated endowment as a vehicle Peggy's vision was to provide support for these carefully chosen charities including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Mississippi Food Network, Dress for Success Jackson, Mercy Flights Southeast, Foundation for Public Broadcasting, Mississippi Museum of Art, Operation Shoestring, and CFGJ's annual charitable grants cycle for reading programs. Peggy's tenacity has enabled CFGJ to support some very fine organizations and programs in perpetuity. (2008)

  • Mustard Seed Inc. Endowment Fund - The Mustard Seed is a faith-based community for mentally challenged adults (“Seedsters”) 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’s endowment fund, created in 2009, will ensure that Seedsters can continue to benefit from its programming and services. (2009)

  • Mississippi Museum of Natural Science Foundation Endowment Fund - The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science will continue to inspire the people of our state to respect the environment and to preserve natural Mississippi for generations to come, through collections, research, education, and exhibits, with the support of its Foundation’s endowment fund, established in 2009. (2009)

  • Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation Endowment Fund and the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation Reserve Fund - Recognizing that reserve and endowment funds can help the organization continue its work to support the historic preservation, economic and community development, green space enhancement, and improvements to the properties within its borders, the Greater Belhaven Neighborhood Foundation established these funds in 2009. (2009)

  • AT&T Park Renovation Fund - Michael Walker of AT&T takes corporate responsibility very seriously. He solicited his company to partner with the City of Jackson to renovate and revitalize an inter-city park. Michael called upon CFGJ to hold these funds until such time that the money was needed for the undetermined project. (2009)

  • Govenor's Mansion Art Rescue Project Fund - Malcolm White of the Mississippi Arts Commission and Fletcher Cox a local artisan reclaimed discarded ornamental glass and wood work from storage that had previously given sparkle to our historic Governor's Mansion. Once this artwork is restored Malcolm's vision is to locate this lost treasure in public buildings in downtown Jackson. Gifts from CFGJ donors along with a matching grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission made this endeavor possible. (2009)

  • Magnolia Speech School Endowment Fund - In the early 1950's parents of hearing impaired children banded together culminating in what is now one of the South's most benevolent and effective institutions for a broad range of hearing and speech impediments. Moreover MSS caters to all areas of society replacing desperation with hope and changing lives. This has produced an alumni of productive citizens and faithful supporters that believe the mission of MSS is too important to be interrupted. CFGJ is honored to be entrusted with the endowment that provides monthly stipends to augment the finances of the school. The MSS Foundation's board determined that CFGJ is the most cost effective and viable solution to accomplish this need. (2009)

  • Peder R. Johnson Charitable Fund - Driven by a desire to support his community and possessing outstanding estate planning skills, Peder has created a unique and ingenious strategy that is evident in this fund. Using life insurance and named beneficiaries within a well orchestrated estate plan Peder is able to build a tremendous legacy for those charities he holds dear. (2010)

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