Community Digital Scholars Program celebrates progress in DeSoto County Schools

Hernando, Miss. July 20, 2016 – The Community Digital Scholars Program reached over 15,000 students across Northwest Mississippi during the 2015-16 school year. The program of the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi uses EverFi, an innovative online education platform. The digital platform presents 21st Century Learning tools for students including: Financial Capability, (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) … Continued

Baby University graduates class

Clarksdale’s Baby University, a program of Spring Initiative, last month graduated 14 young mothers or to-be-mothers.  They participated (along with dads and extended family members) in a nine-week course with topics ranging from prenatal care and attachment/bonding to nutrition, discipline and health and safety.  Nine new mothers also graduated in Sumner, making a total of eight … Continued

Back to School Sponsorship

The Community Foundation’s Box Project connects hundreds of Delta residents in poverty with mentoring sponsors from 46 states. Going back to school can be quite a challenging time for these Box Project families. They have the challenge of acquiring school uniforms and school supplies for the upcoming year. You can help make a difference by sponsoring … Continued

Tutwiler Community Education Center receives $10,000 for programs

A $10,000 grant was made to the Tutwiler Community Education Center to assist with programming at the Center which includes summer and after school programs, Teen Helper program, and athletic, music and quilting programs. The funds were made available from the North Delta Endowment for Education and Hope at the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. The fund is the … Continued

August 1 Quarterly Deadline for Grant Applications

Applications for Grants through the Community Foundation are due quarterly:  February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. These grants are applicable to non-profits in areas of our 11 county footprint (Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, and Tunica counties). The Foundation makes grants to organizations that have programs or … Continued

Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi Receives STEM Education Leadership Award Presented by Nasdaq and EverFi

The Community Foundation was honored last month at the STEM Education Leadership Awards presented by Nasdaq and EverFi at the Nasdaq Marketsite in New York City.  The award recognizes the Community Foundation’s significant efforts to improve Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) education and career readiness for students throughout Northwest Mississippi. Sixteen honorees were selected based … Continued

$1.9 million support to improve infant health in the Delta

Right! From The Start will continue work in the Delta through a new $1.9 million W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant to the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi.   The initiative will work to increase the breastfeeding rates of extremely low birth weight babies utilizing a multiagency approach to ensure better outcomes and effect systemic change.  The funding … Continued

The Community Foundation Awards & Welcomes Jonestown Family Center New Director

Jonestown, Miss. June 7, 2016– The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi presented a check for $10,000 to the Jonestown Family Center for Education and Wellness for its work with early Childhood Education. The giving represents an ongoing grant with the non-profit that serves the local Mississippi Delta community. The occasion also served to welcome Stan … Continued

Coahoma County Diaper Bank opens

On Friday, the Coahoma County Diaper Bank opened its doors at a ribbon ­cutting ceremony at its new facility at 651 Evelyn St. The diaper bank is a collaboration of several health organizations, including Aaron E. Henry Community Health Services, Tougaloo College Delta HealthPartners Healthy Start Initiative and Coahoma Opportunities, Inc. The Community Foundation of … Continued

Crystal Ball shines light on ‘Stars’

As a sell-out crowd looked on, the 16th annual Crystal Ball, DeSoto County’s largest fundraiser, netted a near-record amount for charitable activities through auction items and showcased individuals and nonprofit groups helping to improve the quality of life in an 11-county region. The event’s “Star of Hope,” Hollywood manager and Tunica resident Bradford Cobb, was … Continued