Supporting Organizations

The Supporting Organization is an attractive alternative to forming a private foundation. The following benefits exist due to its public charity status acquired through affiliation with CREATE Foundation:

  • Maintains its own separate legal non-profit status
  • Maintains its own board of directors
  • Maintains its own grantmaking policies
  • Contributions earn maximum tax deductibility
  • There is no minimum payout for grants
  • No excise taxes are assessed

Besides easing the administrative and cost burdens of managing a private foundation, affiliating with CREATE Foundation as a supporting organization allows you to take advantage of many aspects of our public charity status.

The Mize Foundation

The Henry Mize Foundation was established in 2003. Mr. Mize’s nephew, Paul “Buzzy” Mize, established the charitable foundation because it was his uncle’s wish to continue to provide funding to the organizations that he loved. “By establishing this foundation, Uncle Henry was certain that these meaningful institutions would continue to receive his support,” said Buzzy Mize. The 2011 Mize Foundation grants exceeded $194,000, making the total investment to our region more than $3.3 million.

Mize Foundation Grantees
Mississippi State University
Northeast Mississippi Community College









Henry Mize with nephew Paul “Buzzy” Mize

The Pierce Foundation

The Pierce Foundation was established by Corinne Pierce in memory of her husband, Benjamin, to commemorate his commitment to community and to honor his civic leadership. The total investment of the Pierce Foundation in Alcorn County has exceeded $3.4 million in grants and scholarships.

Pierce Foundation Grantees

  • The Alliance  Boys & Girls Club
  • CARE
  • Corinth Area Arts Council
  • Corinth Symphony Orchestra
  • Corinth Theatre Arts
  • Crossroads Museum
  • Crosswind
  • LINK
  • Lighthouse Foundation
  • Living Free Ministries
  • NE MS Business Incubation System
  • Sharing Hearts
  • United Way of Corinth and Alcorn County






Corinne and Benjamin Pierce




Pierce Full Grant Form.pdf