In 1997, realizing communities throughout Northeast Mississippi have ongoing needs and special projects that would benefit from a local philanthropy, CREATE extended its endowment building efforts by establishing the Community Affiliates program. A $750,000 contribution from Anna Keirsey McLean and a $750,000 special dividend from the Journal, Inc. are the sources of CREATE’s challenge grants.
CREATE provides a $100,000 challenge grant to each new Community Affiliate, which must raise $200,000 in unrestricted endowed funds to receive the full grant. These endowed funds, raised and allocated by local people, provide permanent assets to address local community needs and issues. CREATE Foundation currently has 13 Community Affiliates.
Community Affiliates are led by a local board consisting of community leaders. Each 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 local leadership to address community concerns.
Please click on the links below for more information regarding CREATE’s Affiliates.
Contact: Sandy Williams
Phone: (662) 287-1433
Fax: (662) 284-4864
Established: October 1997
The Corinth-Alcorn area, nestled in the far corner of Northeast Mississippi, has been known since the Civil War era as the Crossroads City. Major battles were fought over control of the rail lines that cross in our city, and in present day, it is the hub for two of the Southeast’s busiest highways.
Today, we continually find ourselves at crossroads as we address the many issues facing our future in Northeast Mississippi. Corinth-Alcorn Reaching for Excellence (CARE), a CREATE Foundation Affiliate, seeks to meet existing needs in the community while providing initiatives for positive change in areas that span five categories:
By continually identifying where needs exist, CARE is able to fulfill its mission to improve the quality and standard of living for all the citizens of Alcorn County. The Foundation is served by a fifteen-member Steering Committee and an Advisory Board.
CAREgivers Legacy Society
An opportunity for those who truly care about giving back to their community.
Since 1972, the CREATE Foundation has helped make it possible for generous and thoughtful individuals and families to realize their dreams. CARE Foundation of Corinth and Alcorn County brought this opportunity home in 1997 for local use. Through permanent gifts to CARE, donors are providing for the future of our community. The legacy of these donors is one of philanthropy – of opportunity – of providing a better quality of life for untold numbers of residents in our community.
The CAREgivers Legacy Society was formed to recognize the thoughtful and generous planning of donors. It is composed of caring individuals and families who have made formal plans to leave a gift to the CARE Foundation. Gifts can be made by a bequest in your will, a beneficiary designation on your IRA and/or insurance policy, a charitable trust, or other form of gift.
It is a special person who provides for the future of his or her community. Through the CARE Foundation, an enduring legacy is now possible with the CAREgivers Legacy Society. As stated by William Raspberry at CREATE’s 2007 Fall Summit, “Philanthropy is a habit of the heart, a way of life – not a bank balance.”
Today, the endowment funds held by the CARE Foundation support efforts to help young people face life’s challenges, feed the hungry, promote arts and culture, preserve our environment, and encourage economic prosperity. Tomorrow, the needs of our community might be different, but the CARE Foundation, existing in perpetuity, will still be here – helping to improve our quality of life no matter how times change.
The CARE Foundation stands ready to work with you and your estate planning advisors to structure your gift in the way that best helps to achieve your financial and philanthropic goals. Our community is being, and will be, enhanced – thanks to the goodwill and vision of those generous individuals and families who entrust the CARE Foundation with their dreams for a better future. Thanks for CAREing!
PO Box L
Calhoun City, Mississippi 38916
Established: December 2000
Founded in 2000, The Calhoun County Endowment Foundation is a local community foundation through which individuals, families, organizations and corporations invest in the well-being of the community. The CCEF serves as a vehicle for charitable giving, allocating donors’ gifts to improve the quality of life for all Calhoun County citizens.
The CCEF uniquely meets needs which arise in the local community, including recent support to families of armed forces personnel and promoting special educational programs.
Contact: Gus Clark, Chairman
212 Martin Drive
Houston, MS 38851
Established: January 2001
Our county has ongoing needs and special projects unique to our citizens. PACE helps ensure that we have endowed resources, raised and allocated by local people, to address our own communities’ challenges now and in the future.
PACE, established in 2001, serves as a community foundation with the mission of improving the quality of life for people in Chickasaw County. The foundation serves as a vehicle to invest our money where our hearts are – in our home place, leaving legacies that set the pace for generations to come.
A diverse local board controls and manages the trust fund and disbursements. PACE has an annual grant cycle for March 15 to June 15.
PACE Board members accept the 2017 James Hugh Ray award at CREATE’s annual meeting
Phone: (662) 287-1433
Fax: (662) 284-4864
Post Office Box 1281
West Point, Mississippi 39773
Established: December 2002
Making a Difference Today and Tomorrow.
The mission of the West Point Community Foundation is to invest in programs and projects which enhance the cultural, aesthetic, and historical components of our community. The Foundation is a non-profit, public supported organization through which residents as well as former members of our community can make charitable contributions which will be used to enhance the quality of life both today and in future generations. Contributions support the development and improvement of local museums, parks, and recreational facilities, as well as cultural activities including music, fine arts, library growth, and historic activities.
The Foundation also maintains an endowment fund for those who wish to contribute to the permanent endowment of the Foundation. It is the Foundation’s policy to actively maintain the integrity of each fund to insure that designated gifts and contributions are disbursed for the purposes intended. The Foundation is registered with and recognized as tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) (3) corporation.
Contact: Vaunita Martin
In 2008, Itawamba County joined the other CREATE community affiliates in the mission of building local endowments. Throughout 2008, the local Steering Committee of the FIRST Foundation (Friends of Itawamba Responding to Secure Tomorrow) focused on making their communities aware of the giving opportunities that the new foundation provided.
FIRST is a local charitable community foundation through which individuals, families, organizations, and businesses can invest in the future well-being of Itawamba County. FIRST uses income from the endowment to support local initiatives to improve the quality of life for all Itawamba County residents. It is structured to keep pace with the changing times and to make sure that this foundation fund continues to grow and support the community into the future. Having a local affiliate helps donors target charitable giving at home by building an endowment or community savings account.
The FIRST Foundation exists to seek workable solutions to unmet community needs in order to build a stronger bond within their communities. FIRST is currently engaged in the tuition guarantee program for graduating seniors in Itawamba County to attend Itawamba Community College tuition free. In addition, in the coming five years they hope to improve recreation, fine arts, after school tutoring programs, transportation for elderly, and food banks in all the communities in Itawamba County.
What Projects Are Currently The Focus For FIRST?
FIRST Foundation provides an opportunity for individuals and businesses to give back to their community and to ensure that their gifts will benefit future generations in Itawamba County.
Jody Holland, Executive Director
Lafayette/Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow
PO Box 3041
Oxford, MS 38655
Established: December 2002
The Lafayette/Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow was established in 2002 to provide an alternative philanthropic vehicle for people who want to enhance an already great community in Oxford/Lafayette County. We are fortunate to have many strong organizations that support our community. Most of these organizations are oriented towards immediate purposes, however, whereas LOFT provides more of a long-term approach to community support. We think of LOFT as a “savings” account that will ensure long-term support for many worthwhile activities. Unrestricted gifts to LOFT can be made over time, up to 5 years, and will receive full tax-deductible benefits. With LOFT spending the investment interest only, donors can be assured that they are making a gift that will endure.
LOFT’s mission is to provide support for numerous civic, educational, health, human services and cultural activities that will improve the quality of life for all Lafayette County residents. LOFT offers an excellent way to identify local needs and then do something about them. Your investment in LOFT will yield stronger neighborhoods, schools, organizations, and lives, now and in the future.
LOFT has awarded grants to the City of Oxford, Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation, RSVP/TRIAD, Oxford Park Commission, Garden Friends, Lafayette Elementary, Gordon Head Start, Angel Ranch, Cedar Oaks, and YAC.
The Tupelo/Lee County Community Foundation, established in 2015, works to improve the quality of life in Lee County through philanthropy. The Tupelo/Lee County Community Foundation is a local community affiliate fund and a tax-exempt charitable organization that operates under the umbrella of CREATE Foundation, a public charitable foundation that has attained multiple national certifications for meeting high quality operating standards, effective and efficient fiscal management, and excellence in managing the fund investment process. A local board of directors, representing a cross-section of the community has been elected. Dr. C.K. White is the Chairman of the Board and Pat Caldwell is the Vice-Chairman.
Eventually, The Tupelo/Lee County Community Foundation would like to build a community endowment fund, to create a permanent local endowment, a perpetual source of charitable income to support both needs in the community today and to address opportunities and issues that arise tomorrow. A community endowment fund would allow us to provide services to the community that are not currently being met. Our local affiliate provides an opportunity for individuals and businesses to give back to this community and to ensure that their gifts will benefit future generations. Organizations, individuals, or businesses wishing to make a tax-deductible contribution to the long-range support of measures to improve the Lee County community through the Tupelo/Lee Community Foundation may contact Mike Clayborne, President of CREATE Foundation.
Night for a Hand Up 2021
2021 Packet is now available! Click here.
Letter/Application emailed to Lee County Non-Profit Organizations by Wednesday, July 7, 2021.
Non-Profit Organization Proposals/Videos due by Friday, August 13, 2021.
Grant Committee will need to review all applications and select winners by September 3, 2021.
Winning organizations will be announced at the Night for a Hand Up Awards Event on September 21, 2021, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the BancorpSouth Conference Center.
Night for a Hand Up 2020 - Non-profit applicant videos
Regional Rehab Center
Sanctuary Hospice House
Early Childhood Coalition
Meals on Wheels
Real Men Stand Up
Falling through the Cracks
Dancing with the King
FAITH Food Pantry
Hope Continues 5K
Beds for Kids
Doniphan Dance Project
Elvis Presley Fan Club
Boys and Girls Clubs of NMS
Good Samaritan Free Clinic
Wear It Well
108 Alabama Street
New Albany, MS 38652
The Lowndes Community Foundation joined CREATE Foundation on November 1, 2012. The mission of the Lowndes Community Foundation will continue to be to help Lowndes County residents improve their quality of life through tax-deductible donations. The Foundation provides to the community (1) much needed funding for worthwhile projects, (2) seed money for organizations, (3) matching funds for grants from many other sources, (4) funding for new community initiatives, (5) a flexible vehicle for charitable giving, and (6) permanent endowments to address community challenges and opportunities long into the future.
In December 2005, Monroe County joined the other CREATE community affiliates in the mission of building local endowments. The local board of the North Monroe County Community Fund focuses on making their communities aware of the giving opportunities that the foundation provides.
The North Monroe County Community Fund (NMCCF) is a local charitable community foundation through which individuals, families, organizations, and businesses can invest in the future well being of north Monroe County. NMCCF uses income from the endowment to support local initiatives to improve the quality of life for all north Monroe County residents. It is structured to keep pace with the changing times and to make sure that this foundation fund continues to grow and support the community into the future. Having a local affiliate helps donors target charitable giving at home by building an endowment or community savings account.
The North Monroe County Community Fund provides an opportunity for individuals and businesses to give back to their community and to ensure that their gifts will benefit future generations in the greater Amory area and north Monroe County.
CONTACT: Kathy Seymour, Chair
PO Box 402
Aberdeen, MS 39730
In December 2005, Monroe County joined the other CREATE community affiliates in the mission of building local endowments. The local board of the South Monroe County Community Fund has focused on making their communities aware of the giving opportunities that the foundation provides. Since 2007, they have awarded grants to organizations and programs such as: Aberdeen City Museum, Aberdeen Animal Shelter, Railroad Depot, Elkin Theater, Girl Scouts in both Aberdeen and Hamilton, Bukka White Blue Bluff Festival, multiple food pantries, and Aberdeen Citizen Preparedness. As they grow their community fund, they grow the amount of grants they can give in their communities.
SMCCF Grant Application Form 2020-2021
Contact: Jan Eastman, Executive Director
PO Box 80010
Starkville, MS 39760
Established: May 2003
Starkville is a city rich in tradition and blessed with progress. From its days as an enclave of Native American settlements on the border between the Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations and its subsequent settlement by Presbyterian missionaries, to today’s varied culture of “Southerners” mixed with the best and brightest of over 91 countries studying at Mississippi State University, Starkville has developed a diverse culture over the 165 plus years since its incorporation. Today, Starkville’s small-town friendliness and high-quality educational, cultural and recreational opportunities make it a wellspring of Southern charm. Starkville has become a unique blend of the traditional Old South and the rapidly evolving age of technology that is the New South.
To help meet the needs of our community in ways that might not be available through traditional opportunities, Starkville-Oktibbeha Achieving Results (SOAR), a CREATE Foundation Affiliate, was created to support local projects by encouraging creative outlets for charitable giving through five supported areas including Beautification, Historic Preservation, Education, Human Services and Community Infrastructure. By working to strengthen these areas, SOAR is committed to providing individuals, families, and organizations the opportunity to invest in the community’s quality of life now and for the future.
Contact: Deborah Hurt
201 Union Street
Ripley, MS 38663
Established: December 1997
The Tippah County TARGET (Tippah and Ripley Growing Excellent Together) Endowment Fund was established in 1999 through a partnership with CREATE Foundation. This fund provides a vehicle for individuals to invest in their community and help improve the quality of life. The local advisory committee is responsible for the grantmaking process and recommends how the funds are used for the community.
Currently the board is in the process of reorganizing and expanding our advisory committee and setting some new goals for the year. We will strive to continue to grow our endowment fund for the betterment of Tippah County.
Dr. Collett B. Cross, Executive Director
P.O. Box 125
New Albany, Mississippi 38652
Established January 2002
UNITE, a community foundation supporting civic, educational, health, human service, and cultural initiatives throughout Union county, was established in 2000. Through UNITE, individuals, families, organizations and corporations make tax deductible donations which are administered by CREATE Foundation. Earned income is returned to the community in the form of grants to improve the quality of life for all residents of Union county. UNITE offers Union county residents the opportunity to provide funds for worthwhile community initiatives involving the arts, the environment, community development, education, human services and historical preservation. Also, it provides a flexible means for charitable giving, and for permanent endowments to address community challenges and opportunities for generations to come.
With the first gift to UNITE made in January 2002, many individuals expressed a desire to give back to their community. Through contributions and pledges, UNITE met its goal to raise $200,000. CREATE Foundation then granted an additional $100,000.
UNITE’s Board of Directors is dedicated to building the foundation so that additional funds will always be available. Emphasis will be placed on increasing unrestricted funds and in educating the public on ways to make gifts for designated areas of special interest.
Gifts and bequests will provide funds for many worthwhile community projects, which will continue to enrich the lives of those who live in Union county.