Lee County



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.


Board Members:

Pat Caldwell, Vice Chair

V.M. Cleveland

Kim Estess

Linda Gholston

Chauncey Godwin

Lisa Hawkins

Mickey Holliman

Chuck Imbler

Zell Long

Gene McDade

Ted Moll

Sam Pace

Aubrey Patterson

Scott Reed

David Rumbarger

Mitch Waycaster

Dick White, Chair

David Wilson


Tupelo/Lee County Community Foundation accepts the 2018 James Hugh Ray Community Affiliate Award at the CREATE Foundation’s Annual Meeting in November 2018.


Tupelo/Lee County Community Foundation, newest affiliate of the CREATE Foundation, was proud to award grants of $1,500 each to the local Police Departments in Guntown, Nettleton, and Shannon.  Each grant will be used to purchase body cameras.