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.

A Partnership for Public Education 2000-2001

The Community Foundation for Mississippi has a history of working to improve educational systems and student outcomes through innovative partnerships that provide funding directly to schools and school districts to enhance and advance classroom instruction.

In 1984 the Greater Jackson Chamber of Commerce (GJCC) established the Jackson Public Schools (JPS) Education Trust Fund (ETF) to provide a permanent resource to enrich JPS classrooms by encouraging teachers and administrators to think creatively about the teaching and learning process.

During the 2000-2001 fiscal year, the chamber transferred the fund to the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson to continue the fund’s goal of enhancing the school district’s pursuit of excellence through the competitive mini-grant process.

Since then, CFM has partnered with the Junior League of Jackson to provide mini-grants for a variety of projects that engage students in unconventional and exciting ways in the classroom. The project continues to be a source of funding for enrichment, learning and motivational projects that could not be funded by the school district’s regular budget.