At Create

Video: CREATE Foundation Intro Video

At CREATE, we believe the future of our region is tied to enhancing the ability of our people to pursue their goals and aspirations. We encourage you to explore the many ways the CREATE Foundation can help you accomplish your charitable giving.

50th Anniversary

Video: CREATE 50th Anniversary video 2022

The CREATE Foundation was established in 1972 by George and Anna Keirsey McLean to enhance the ability of people in northeast Mississippi to pursue their goals and aspirations. As CREATE celebrates its 50th anniversary, the organization is what McLeans wanted the CREATE Foundation to be: a vehicle for people and organizations to fulfill their charitable interests. Watch the video to learn more about CREATE and its impact on our region.

2023 Annual Report

Create's Impact on the Region in 2023

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Asset Growth
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Endowment Funds
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Endow MS Gifts
Over $ 0 equating to 35% of statewide gifts

Community Affiliates

Community Affiliates are led by a local board made up of community leaders. The Affiliate manages its own independent grant cycle and makes local grants determined to be important in improving the quality of life in that county. CREATE's Community Affiliate program brings together the best thinking leadership to meet community concerns.

The Commission

CREATE Foundation has a distinguished history of highly effective community engagement as the leading regional community development organization in northeast Mississippi. Capitalizing on those strengths, in 1995, CREATE formed the Commission on the Future of Northeast Mississippi to strengthen regional unity and cooperation.


Establishing your own named charitable fund does not require great wealth and it isn’t complicated. You can provide ongoing support to your favorite organizations, choose different nonprofit organizations each year during your lifetime, make your own choices, take advantage of our staff’s expertise to help you address the community’s most pressing challenges, and distribute gifts during your lifetime or leave a lasting legacy – or both!

Why Mississippians Give

It is a very effective vehicle which is directly attuned to the programs I want to support.

Aubrey Patterson

Dan and I want to make a difference in our community, and we choose to support nonprofit organizations that align with our personal values. When you give back to the CREATE organization, you’ll be providing help that can improve the health and quality of life of members of our community. So, by giving back we hope to make our community a better place.

Becky Rollins

Billye Jean Stroud

I find purpose in giving of my time and gifts back to community building by addressing issues like poverty, education, healthcare and other needs we are facing. I see it as a way to enhance my own personal growth by broadening one’s perspective by embracing empathy and sharpening my leadership and problem solving skills. I also find joy in collaborating and connecting with like minded people which lends itself to solving issues that we are all dealing with in the places that we live. Because in the end when a community thrives everyone benefits.

Billye Jean Stroud

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Concise, efficient, and God fearing.

David Rumbarger

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I have found my Advised Fund a very easy way to go online and make donations or memorials. Because of CREATE’s reputation, I can give without reservation knowing my wishes will be carried out.

Grace Clark


It is easy and stretches into the future.

Greg Pirkle

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An annual accounting for my records and to be a part of the greater good that CREATE generates.

Jack Reed, Jr.

Bo Collins

I am assured that the contributions are handled professionally and are distributed to the intended targets.

James “Bo” Collins


CREATE provides an avenue for giving through the foundation that allows me to receive the maximum tax credit available on my giving; whether large or small in amount. I also have confidence that the money will be invested with the mindset of a consistent and fair return so that the funds will have the maximum benefit for the charity of my choosing.

Julie Henry

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CREATE helps me support several causes through a single process at year-end and during the year when unforeseen needs arise, while also raising awareness for CREATE to others who could benefit from professional help in meeting their charitable goals.

Larry Kirk

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The Donor Advised Fund simplifies the giving process. Contributions to the fund may be made at any time throughout the year. The Donor Central portal is very simple to use and allows you to disburse funds to charities of your choice at any time. CREATE does the rest. The staff is very efficient, pleasant and always helpful.

Mary Childs

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I’m confident in the efficient administration and long-term fiduciary assurance.

Mitch Waycaster

Randy Long

We appreciate CREATE’s great advice that makes our giving better and easier. The staff are experts and so smart and kind. Plus, it matters not “how much,” but really, “how to” give.

Randy Long

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It is convenient; it can provide a tax benefit; it is a responsible way of giving.

Sandy Williams

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I believe in the role CREATE plays within our region and have confidence that my donations are used in the best ways to support our region.

Shane Spees

CREATE’s Juanita Floyd and board member, Julie Henry are heading to Kenya, Africa with Living Waters for a mission trip! Wishing them a safe and impactful journey 🇰🇪❤️
Wishing a Happy Birthday to Lisa Hawkins! 🎉 Lisa is a member of CREATE's Board of Directors and past president, and owner of Room to Room Furniture. We appreciate all of her work and service to the CREATE region!
Wishing a Happy Birthday to Mark Tapp! 🎉 Mark is a member of our CREATE's Board of Directors and President and CEO of Farmers & Merchants Bank. We appreciate all of his work and service to the CREATE region!
We are so happy to have an additional summer intern join us in partnership with CDF, Omobola "O" Obasanjo, who is a student at The University of Mississippi and a part of the McLean-Grisham Institute and the CEED (Catalyzing Entrepreneurship and Economic Development) scholars program! 👏 O is a rising senior majoring in banking and finance and managerial finance, and his honors include the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College, University of Mississippi Provost Scholar, and Chancellor's Honor Roll. 🌟 Fun fact about O: He lived in Nigeria until his junior year of high school before moving to Greenwood, Mississippi!

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