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

Programs

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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Community

CFNM News

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

Charley Pride: Star of Hope airs on PBS Friday, February 12th

The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi invites you to help honor the late Charley Pride by watching CHARLEY PRIDE: STAR OF HOPE on WKNO TV Channel 10.1, Friday, February 12th at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 13th at midnight. WKNO airs out of the Memphis area with a 60-mile viewing audience radius. The hour-long special … Continued

21st annual Crystal Ball happening January 16

The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi announces its 21st annual Crystal Ball Gala to be virtually held January 16, 2021. While this is the foundation’s first virtual gala, due to COVID-19 precautions, it will still be full of surprises and showcase the charitable works of the northwest Mississippi region. “The Crystal Ball supports the philanthropic … Continued

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Donors

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