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


Delta Directions

The Delta Directions Consortium (DDC) is an interdisciplinary network of individuals, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, and foundations that work together to create positive social change in the multi-state Mississippi Delta Region.

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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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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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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