Connecting People who Care with Causes that Matter

The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi is an independent not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 that serves eleven Mississippi counties:

Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate and Tunica.

We manage over 300 donor-established funds and have distributed $25+ million to support 805 charitable organizations and activities in addition to charitable programs established by the Foundation.

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Causes that Matter


Excel By 5

An innovative program designed to encourage and assist communities to become actively involved in supporting their young children

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The Box Project

Providing support for the growth and success of recipient families with the goal of alleviating suffering and increasing self sufficiency

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Community Digital Scholars Program

Through the Community Digital Scholars Program, schools across the state receive access to cutting-edge digital courses at no charge.

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Maddox Foundation Volunteer Center

Matching potential volunteers and nonprofits in eleven counties in northwest Mississippi through Get Connected - an online volunteer management system. Capacity building workshops for nonprofits are also offered.

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Panola County Community Foundation

Serving as a bridge between an individual's personal desire to give and the fulfillment of that charitable will. The Panola County Community Foundation is unique in that funds can be distributed across a wide range of needs including areas such as education, healthcare, and early-intervention programs.

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Erin And Ben Napier Named Stars of Hope for Crystal Ball 2022

The 22nd annual Crystal Ball, hosted by the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, will honor Mississippi natives, University of Mississippi graduates, and HGTV’s Home Town stars, Erin and Ben Napier as its Stars of Hope. Ben also has a show on HGTV based on his woodworking called Ben’s Workshop. The Napiers reside in Laurel, Mississippi … Continued

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

What better way to support the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi than going to a Memphis Redbirds Game? You will have the chance to see the Redbirds take on the Toledo Mud Hens on Saturday, June 5 at 6:35 p.m. Make a night of it with the family – visit with your favorite Community Foundation … Continued

Vaccination Transportation Initiative launched by Pam Chatman with grant from Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi

The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi announced this week its latest COVID-19 relief effort in partnership with Pam Chatman, of Cleveland, Mississippi, and Rev. Frederick Ford with the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland.    The first of its kind initiative in the Mississippi Delta is being led by Chatman, who started a Workforce … Continued

People who Care


Indianola leaders create endowment for B.B. King Museum

Indianola raised $14 million to accomplish its vision of designing and building the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. Including the cotton gin where B.B. King worked as a young man, the museum takes advantage of Northwest Mississippi’s asset as birthplace of the Blues and outstanding musicians.

In its first six years, the Indianola museum has told its story to over 30,000 visitors from all 50 states and over 35 countries. To keep serving these visitors and reaching out to the community, the museum needs operating funds for staff, programs, and maintenance every year.

The museum’s chairman, Bill McPherson of Indianola, joined with his cousins Tom and Walton Gresham to establish an Endowment that will cover a portion of those costs every year. They started the endowment at the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi with a combined $400,000 donation. Thanks to support from the Maddox Foundation, the Community Foundation added $100,000 to the Endowment. With professional investment management, the Endowment will provide up to $25,000 every year toward the Museum’s continued operation and outreach while preserving the donor’s original investment.

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Tom Gresham

Walton Gresham

Bill McPherson

We know the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi as a trusted partner for endowments and other philanthropy in the Delta. We are pleased to have this foundation available

Tom Gresham

Since it is a Community Foundation, anyone can add to the Endowment for the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center. We want to see it continue to develop as a major asset for the Delta. The Community Foundation is willing to work with any group or family that is interested in setting up an endowment for a worthy cause and make sure it is adequately funded for the future

Walton Gresham

The museum saw very quickly that we needed additional sources of funding to operate the museum like it was intended and to reach out to the community with educational programs. The endowment gives a base for our fundraising every year

Bill McPherson