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.

Portraits of Philanthropy

Portraits of Philanthropy was a photographic project to document the people who are changing lives in our community – writing their own stories of philanthropy. All the stories began with an idea. And all of these people with ideas found their way to the Community Foundation for help turning ideas into real change – For Good. Forever.

These are people just like you, who realize: it doesn’t take millions to be a philanthropist — it takes purpose, passion, and a plan.

Asoka and Seetha Srinivasan and Don and Becky Potts each set up donor advised funds to focus their philanthropic vision into communities and causes they love. By using an easy and elegant — and accessible—tool for giving, they are thoughtfully shepherding their charitable resources and planning for the future. Ordinary people, extraordinary givers.

Dr. Alferdteen Harrison has fashioned a way to save two historic properties from destruction, to tell a little-told chapter of African-American history in the City of Jackson. Saving the structures means saving the story, which celebrates middle-class contributions to the life of our community. Her expertise in history, her ability to tell great stories, and her passion for the project have turned her into a fundraiser – marshaling resources of all types to share this story with all people.

Jim and Elta Johnston prioritized their community. Jim established a field of interest fund to support finding solutions to urban blight. Elta, lately chair of the board for the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi, has used her time, talent, and resources to create a better life for women in our state. By taking a hands-on approach to their causes, giving time, recruiting talent, raising awareness as well as money, they create a portrait in giving that can inspire us all.

Robert St. John turned his passion for food into a mission to help the hungry in Mississippi. Through Extra Table, he and his team are reaching every region in Mississippi with a unique approach to assisting food pantries and soup kitchens. Executive Director Mike Dixon has channeled his calling for ministry into spreading the word about food deserts with solutions to solve them.