The Ally: July 2019

A Word from Our Board Officers

“This effort to strategically integrate the work of nonprofits and philanthropy is unique, and it positions Mississippi as an innovator in the field. More importantly, it provides the opportunity to achieve more positive results for children, families, and communities.”

– Mike Clayborne
The Alliance board chair and president of The CREATE Foundation

“We believe the new support and guidance we will be able to offer organizations will yield tremendous results for the entire state of Mississippi. The intentional focus on innovation and collaboration not only benefits nonprofit and philanthropic professionals, but also improves the well-being of all Mississippians.”

– Aisha Nyandoro
The Alliance board vice-chair and CEO of Springboard to Opportunities

Note from the Executive Director

It is my honor to let you know about the Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy (The Alliance)—the new organization was created through a merger of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (MCN) and the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers (MAG).

Although the merger was in the planning phase for three years, the leadership of both organizations (MCN and MAG) never lost sight of the fact that nonprofits and grantmaking organizations are actually two sides of the same coin. The common bond is that both are ultimately focused on achieving the same result: better outcomes for children, families, and communities.

With the realization that both nonprofits and philanthropy are fundamentally working toward achieving better results, it makes sense to bring the two sectors together to work collaboratively on common issues. The Alliance is focused on being the catalyst and facilitator to build the linkages and strategies that bring member organizations from the two sectors together to enhance communication, effectiveness, and resource development. Our hope is that over time we will help foster a new culture focused on collaboration as the way of doing business between nonprofits and grantmakers.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation provided the grant that allowed the two organizations to engage in the planning process that led to the merger.  We are forever grateful to them for their insights, wisdom, patience—and yes, their resources, that allowed us to move forward with the exploration of ideas that has ultimately led to the creation of The Alliance.

If you were a member of either MCN or MAG, you are now officially a member of The Alliance.  If you are a nonprofit or grantmaker that has not been a member of either organization, we strongly encourage you to join your colleagues on this journey. We have not found any other place in the country that is integrating the work in the way described above, so please join your colleagues in this incredible opportunity.

Alliance Member Meeting

July 12 Member Meeting to Focus on Fundraising Readiness and Tools for Nonprofits

Our next member meeting will feature a report from Network for Good on a recent survey assessing the “fundraising readiness” of Mississippi nonprofits and the JumpStart fundraising pilot program recently completed in the Jackson area. The meeting will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 from 11 am – 2 pm at the CAVS Center in Canton, Mississippi. Members of The Alliance can register for the meeting by clicking here.

Nate Nasralla, who heads Network for Good, and Jane Alexander, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Mississippi (CFM) will discuss an analysis of the fundraising readiness of Mississippi nonprofits and the findings from the pilot project led by CFM and Network for Good to help a group of Jackson nonprofits increase their fundraising success. The pilot program included coaching and access to fundraising tools that enabled those in the pilot program to boost their contributions from individuals.

If your nonprofit is unable to attend the July 12 meeting but would like more information on how your nonprofit can access valuable fundraising tools and coaching through The Alliance, please email us at connect@alliancems.fahrenheitcreative.com.

What’s New

Canvas for Learning and Sharing

One of the cornerstones of The Alliance is providing quality training and resources to nonprofits and grantmakers across the state. We are extremely proud to announce that we are now using Canvas, an industry leader in online learning and education, to enable organizations to access courses, training material, and professional development opportunities online.

Through our online learning tools, nonprofits and grantmakers will be able to streamline their learning and access all the digital tools and content needed to build organizational capacity and develop leaders. All of our online courses are designed to meet national best practices and standards, which are found in The Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy’s Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Management Excellence. Members receive discounted prices and access to additional resources in our new member portal. For more information on our online courses, contact Rhonda Duplessis at rhonda.duplessis@alliancems.fahrenheitcreative.com.

Hub for Volunteerism, Capacity-Building, and Training

We have partnered with Volunteer Mississippi to establish The Mississippi Volunteer and Nonprofit Hub Network (MS Hub Network), a statewide resource and proponent of volunteerism, capacity building, and training. The MS Hub Network includes six hubs: Central Mississippi, Delta, Golden Triangle, Gulf Coast, Northeast, and Northwest.

Each Hub is housed in a community foundation and serves as a local point of contact for nonprofits and provides valuable connections between volunteers and organizations. In addition, these Hubs will provide disaster support for their region and assist with recruiting and marketing for classes that cover the 10 Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Management Excellence needed to strengthen nonprofits for sustainability.

The Alliance serves as the home to for Central MS Hub, which is led by Karla Edwards.  To find more information on the hub in your area, please visit https://alliancems.org/alliance-site/volunteer-hub/.

Telephone Solicitation Rules Governing “Cold Calls” to Donors Takes Effect on July 1

Per recent changes to the Telephone Solicitation Act, if a paid caller (whether a third party telemarketing firm or paid staff) makes calls or sends text messages seeking a charitable contribution to persons or businesses with whom the nonprofit does not have an existing business relationship (cold calls), then the nonprofit must register with the Mississippi Public Service Commission as a telemarketer, pay an annual fee of $500-$1,000, and post a bond. Calls made by volunteers remain exempt from this legislation, which takes effect on July 1.

The Act does not apply when nonprofit staff members are calling donors, potential donors, and volunteers with whom the nonprofit has “an existing business relationship.” In many cases, the relationship a nonprofit has with its donors and volunteers where the nonprofit provides mail or email updates and appeals for contributions would be deemed “an existing business relationship”, and thus telephone solicitations to these contacts by paid staff would be exempt from the Act and its registration fees and bond.

For more details on this legislation, how it might affect your nonprofit, and how to register as a telemarketer, click here.

Upcoming Training & Events

Getting Government Grants
July 11, 2019
9AM – 4PM

Knight Nonprofit Center
Gulfport, MS

The Right Way to Start a 501(c)3 Nonprofit
August 1, 2019
9AM – 3:30PM

Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Jackson, MS

Strategic Planning 101
August 7, 2019
9AM – 12PM

Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Jackson, MS

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