We invite you to read a few stories and highlights from the past 30 years. While these stories provide a window into our history, they only represent a fraction of the work of our community partners, donors, and friends. Thank you all for being a part of our journey.



Jackson Water Crisis

In late July and early August 2022, Jackson began to fall into crisis after a major flood of the Pearl River and a crumbling water system. CFM stepped in to help, creating a hub for information, including an interactive map of all water distribution sites, a list of organizations to support, the latest city/state updates, ways to report pressure issues and other information. The Helping Friends and Neighbors Fund was also deployed to assist the long-term recovery of crisis. The fund saw over $1 million in donations from supporters around the country, small and large, including the WK Kellogg Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Clean the World Foundation, Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust, The Walton Family Foundation, Starbucks Foundation, Make a Difference Foundation, Sycamore Capital, Atmos Energy, and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

We invite you to read a few stories and highlights from the past 30 years. While these stories provide a window into our history, they only represent a fraction of the work of our community partners, donors, and friends. Thank you all for being a part of our journey.



Planetarium Gift

In March 2022, the Community Foundation for Mississippi announced the largest gift to date from the John and Lucy Shackelford Fund with a gift of $1 million to The Friends of the Planetarium to support the ongoing renovation of the Planetarium.

We invite you to read a few stories and highlights from the past 30 years. While these stories provide a window into our history, they only represent a fraction of the work of our community partners, donors, and friends. Thank you all for being a part of our journey.



CARES Act Funding

With one of the highest food insecurity rates in the nation, Mississippi has over 450,000 households without daily reliable access to affordable and nutritious food. The onset of COVID-19 caused this need to intensify, leaving many wondering how they might feed their families during the pandemic. CFM’s deep local connections allowed the organization to respond quickly and work in tandem with community foundations across the state and the Mississippi State Legislature to serve nonprofits and food pantries. CFM administers more than $2.4 million in CARES Act funds to provide access to food and capacity to nonprofits providing services across central and southwest Mississippi. These reimbursement grants helped nonprofits that faced decreased revenue and vastly increased demand during the pandemic.

We invite you to read a few stories and highlights from the past 30 years. While these stories provide a window into our history, they only represent a fraction of the work of our community partners, donors, and friends. Thank you all for being a part of our journey.



We invite you to read a few stories and highlights from the past 30 years. While these stories provide a window into our history, they only represent a fraction of the work of our community partners, donors, and friends. Thank you all for being a part of our journey.



CFM engages Rich Harwood

CFM engages Rich Harwood to assess community strengths and weaknesses and conduct strategic small group conversations.  In the coming year, the Harwood Institute will conduct public innovators labs to train volunteers to address the most pressing community issues.

We invite you to read a few stories and highlights from the past 30 years. While these stories provide a window into our history, they only represent a fraction of the work of our community partners, donors, and friends. Thank you all for being a part of our journey.



We invite you to read a few stories and highlights from the past 30 years. While these stories provide a window into our history, they only represent a fraction of the work of our community partners, donors, and friends. Thank you all for being a part of our journey.



We invite you to read a few stories and highlights from the past 30 years. While these stories provide a window into our history, they only represent a fraction of the work of our community partners, donors, and friends. Thank you all for being a part of our journey.



We invite you to read a few stories and highlights from the past 30 years. While these stories provide a window into our history, they only represent a fraction of the work of our community partners, donors, and friends. Thank you all for being a part of our journey.



We invite you to read a few stories and highlights from the past 30 years. While these stories provide a window into our history, they only represent a fraction of the work of our community partners, donors, and friends. Thank you all for being a part of our journey.