Award-Winning Journalist and Novelist will be honored at 2019 Community Foundation Crystal Ball Hernando, Miss., The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi’s 19th annual Crystal Ball will present its Star of Hope honor to award-winning journalist and novelist Jesse J. Holland.  Jesse J. Holland is a native of Holly Springs and was editor of the Daily … Continued

Clarksdale Virtual Realty Center receives $15,500 Grant

The Clarksdale VRCenter and Academy was started in the spring of 2017 and is the outcome of five years of research and development with Virtual Reality Technology and working with youth in the hi-tech industry. Its mission is to practice Social Entrepreneurism by training and employing impoverished youth in Coahoma County in a VR Production … Continued

Shifting Rhythms: Coahoma Mobile Education receives $7,000 Grant

A project initiated by two professors at Olin College and students of Babson College has received a $7,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. The grant came from Placed-Based Education & Civic Entrepreneurship Endowment. The fiscal agent for the project is the Carnegie Public Library Coahoma. “Shifting Rhythms: Coahoma Mobile Education” is a … Continued

CFNM Awards $24,250 in Scholarships!

Hernando, Miss. (August 1, 2018):  Thanks to the generosity of donors in Northwest Mississippi, the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi recently awarded $24,250 to twenty-four deserving students.  Since inception the Community Foundation, through its generous donors, has awarded $274,360 in scholarships. “The Community Foundation has 22 scholarships funds all set up by donors who want … Continued

Linton leaving enduring legacy in Northwest Mississippi

She’s travelled the globe, cradled a sitting hen in her arms at a nationally recognized school garden and laid plenty of golden nest eggs in the coffers of community nonprofits during her 11 years as the Community Development Director for the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi. Tom Pittman, President and CEO of the Community Foundation … Continued

It was a garden party of epic proportions at Pleasant Hill Elementary School on Tuesday as third-grade teacher Todd Willis celebrated the national launch of EVERFI’s “Healthier Me” program in the school’s outdoor garden. EVERFI’s “Healthier Me” is an innovative digital course that provides students with the tools and resources to make healthy decisions involving … Continued

New Scholarship Fund The Theron Long Scholarship Fund has been established through the Community Foundation. Theron Long passed away in May. Theron worked for DeSoto County Schools 44 years as a coach, teacher and principal. He was inducted into the Mississippi coaches Hall of Fame. In 1991, Coach Long was chosen Mississippi secondary School Principal … Continued

The grants approved in May from each endowment are:   Endowment for the Future of Northwest Mississippi: Family Biz Builder in Tunica County awarded $3,000 for the Biz Builder Sports Fitness summer employment opportunity-training program.  Family Biz Builders is an 8-month program that focuses on character and life skills for youth leadership and transition to … Continued

Crystal Ball to honor author about Delta life

The 17th annual Crystal Ball with a vintage French circus theme will honor local Community Stars and the author of a prize-winning, best-selling book about the Delta on Jan. 21, 2017, at the Arena in Southaven. Volunteers will transform the space into “Le Cirque Magnifique” complete with vintage 100-year-old autos, aerial silk artists, fireworks and more … Continued

Memorial honors Jane Pennington Henderson

Hernando, MS-Jane Wheeler Pennington Henderson taught public school in Hernando for 39 years. Until her death last year at age 96, “Miss Jane” was an icon for Hernando. Though she had no biological children, she had hundreds of “children”, ranging from police chiefs to educators, aldermen and city and state government officials. Two of those friends … Continued