Who We Are
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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. CFNM is governed by a board of 20 volunteer civic leaders and impacts the communities of Northwest Mississippi by connecting people who care with causes that matter. CFNM currently manages 233 donor-established funds and has distributed $18.3 million to support 420 charitable organizations and activities recommended by its donors, as well as charitable programs established by the Foundation. The Maddox Foundation has made a Challenge Grant to the Community Foundation to match 100% endowment contributions through 2013.
The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi was born out of a cooperative project in 2000 to place an online computer in every DeSoto County public classroom. DeSoto became the first county in Mississippi to accomplish this goal as a pilot project for the state. Following this model, Mississippi became the first state in the nation with an online computer in every public school classroom. After this success, a local steering committee met for more than two years, and the Foundation was incorporated in January 2002 to serve eight counties at that time: Coahoma, DeSoto, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Tunica and Tate.
A Community Foundation is a creative, cost-effective and tax-efficient way for people to invest in the charitable causes they care about the most. We help create permanent charitable funds of everlasting impact, whether they focus totally on the local community or include charitable interests throughout the United States. Last year, the Foundation’s grants and charitable programs jumped to $1.8 million.