The Ally: October 2019

Note from the Executive Director

During the month of witches, goblins, and too many peanut butter cups, let me be the first to wish you a Happy Fall and to celebrate the cooler weather with you. It won’t be long until the leaves change color, and it’ll be that beautiful time of year that brings anticipation of meaningful holidays leading us to good times with family and friends.

For The Alliance, it’s the time of year when we give thanks for the work that is done through Mississippi’s philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. It’s also the time that we redouble our efforts to provide you with the most relevant, strategic, and meaningful information, tools and experiences possible to help you do your work more effectively and efficiently. Together we renew our commitment to achieving more positive results for the children, families and communities across the state.

It’s also a time when we celebrate the good things that have happened, one of which is that The Alliance is being recognized by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) at its National Philanthropy Day event (November 13th) as the Outstanding Philanthropic Organization in the state. We are quite pleased to be recognized by this important group, but more than that, we are pleased to be in the company of other outstanding individuals and organizations that will also be recognized. The other recipients will be announced soon, so be on the lookout for that information.

Thanks again for all you do. Remember – none of us are successful if we work in isolation from others. Reach out and build partnerships and collaborations! Leverage your influence and your resources! It’s by working together that we truly can make a difference.

All the best,

Sammy Moon

Nonprofit Leadership Forums

The Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy and Volunteer Mississippi are excited to offer nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members a training and networking event you don’t want to miss.

This action-packed, one-day forum offers you invaluable training on fundraising, storytelling, leadership, volunteer management, AmeriCorps, GuideStar, improving the dialogue between funders and nonprofits, plus much more.”

Gulf Coast Forum

When:   Tuesday, October 29th
Time:     8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Gulf Coast Convention Center(2350 Beach Blvd. , Biloxi, MS)

$45 first person and $25 for the 2nd or more person(s) from the same organization

A Few of the Breakout Sessions:

  • 21st Century Leadership w/ Maria Azuri, Candid
  • Content Creation: Storytelling for Impact w/ Alison Fast and Chandler Griffin, Blue Magnolia Films
  • Major Gifts w/Derek Alley, Arthur Alley
  • How to Engage Business & Corporate Volunteers w/ Krista Estes, Volunteer Mississippi
  • Diversity in the Board Room: Why it Matters and How to do it Successfully w/ Kimberly Massey, Thrive South Consulting

North Forum

When: Wednesday, November 13th
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Oxford Conference Center (102 Ed Perry Blvd., Oxford, MS)

$45 first person and $25 for the 2nd or more person(s) from the same organization

A Few of the Breakout Sessions:

  • Introduction to Resource Development w/ Mike Ward, MS Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy
  • Negotiating  Successful Grants w/ Mike Ward, MS Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy
  • How Healthy is Your Brand w/ Serrie Fung, Zest
  • Daring Leadership w/ Sonja Mustiful, Essence Coaching
  • Getting to Gold: Why Your GuideStar Profile Matters w/ Mary Ellen Calvert, MS Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy

What’s New

The New Overtime Rule and Nonprofits

The U.S. Department of Labor Overtime Final Rule, set to take effect on January 1, 2020, will require the payment of overtime to virtually all workers earning less than $684 per week ($35,568 per year) regardless of their job duties or executive, administrative, or professional status.

The new regulation also raises the salary threshold for highly compensated employees who are exempt from federal overtime pay requirements from $100,000 per year to $107,432 per year and allows employers to satisfy up to 10 percent of the standard salary level by using non-discretionary bonuses and incentive payments.

View the National Council of Nonprofits’ resource page and read the new analysis, Understanding the New Overtime Final Rule.

Thank You for Your Service and Enjoy Retirement

The Alliance was sad to say a fond goodbye to longtime colleague and collaborator Jo G. Prichard. Jo G., was one of the founders of the Alliance’s predecessor the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits back in 1992.  He also at various times has been the development director, board member, interim and permanent director of the Center and more recently the associate director of the Alliance.  Jo G. also served as a trainer and consultant and was the person behind our Starting a Nonprofit workshop that has assisted hundreds of nascent groups get off the ground and running. Jo G. says he still plans to be active with Alliance and will surely be in his garden and enjoying his family and grandchildren. We wish him well and hope you will also.

Member Spotlight

The Phil Hardin Foundation

Meridian, MS

The Phil Hardin Foundation’s goal is to be a catalyst for educational opportunity and community improvement in Mississippi. Their 55-year history is replete with examples of innovative leadership and productive partnerships that have strengthened the capacity of our community, region, and state to meet their educational challenges.

In the current decade alone (2010 through 2018), the Hardin Foundation has paid out nearly $17 million in grants to improve student achievement; make educational and enrichment opportunities more available and equitable; increase understanding of Mississippi arts, culture and history; and build community capacity. Since the foundation’s creation in 1964, our investments toward these goals total approximately $60 million.

The Hardin Foundation remains a principal leader in philanthropic efforts to overcome our state’s historic legacy of poverty and discrimination that makes sustainable educational improvement such a daunting challenge.

“The Phil Hardin Foundation has long been a proponent and financial supporter of nonprofit and philanthropic capacity building in Mississippi, and we enthusiastically embraced the bringing together of these “two sides of the same coin” with the creation of the Alliance. Attending Alliance gatherings has already increased our foundation’s knowledge of the state’s nonprofit sector and our opportunities to hear its stories, and we’ve also enjoyed a renewed sense of collaboration and common purpose with our fellow grantmakers. There’s no doubt in my mind that the melding of the two organizations that produced the Alliance will mean better communication, a higher degree of mutual respect and ultimately better outcomes for both nonprofits and philanthropy in our state.”
– Lloyd Gray, Executive Director of the Phil Hardin Foundation

The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Jackson, MS

The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation engages citizens in classrooms and communities across the state of Mississippi and abroad to enable them to communicate candidly and constructively about race.
By emphasizing the fundamental value of storytelling, the Winter Institute works to create a safe space for interracial, multicultural dialogue that is truth-centered and, above all, solution-oriented. While they promote equity and inclusion in all communities, their focus lies primarily on forging meaningful and collaborative relationships among people in the most disparate communities.

They envision a more inclusive and just society that actively eliminates division based on difference, so they diligently pursue this reality, one community and one classroom at time.

“When it came to helping us build and sustain our new nonprofit presence from the ground up, the team at The Mississippi Alliance for Nonprofits and Philanthropy helped me make it happen. They have enabled me, coached me and continue to give me the confidence to share the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation’s work widely. They truly engage nonprofits via a holistic approach that includes support, networking and continued capacity building opportunities that have enhanced our efforts and provided great results. I now consider myself the unofficial President of The Alliance Fan Club! Thank you.”
– Portia Espy, Executive Director of the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

Member News

New Alliance Member Gets First Grant

Fixin’ the Coast has been awarded their first grant as a result of some of the grant training the Alliance has presented on the coast. “This is huge as all the “known” grantors wanted a minimum of 1 year of operations. We have 2.5 months in business and asked for $1,500.00 (starting small) in grant funds and was awarded the same.”
– Cindy Arceneaux, Secretary, Fixin’ The Coast

Fixin’ the Coast has also been awarded a $2500 “in-kind” grant from our local animal shelter. In less than 3 months they have fixed (spayed/neutered) over 125 cats, not including the vouchers and coupons we have sent out for discounted surgeries outside of our Trap, Neuter and Return efforts.

We at the Alliance say congratulations and keep you the outstanding work!

Hub for Volunteerism, Capacity-Building, and Training

So you’ve realized you need some volunteer help at your nonprofit… now what? Where should you start? Who is this “free help” anyway? Finding and Keeping Valuable Volunteers will help answer your questions. In this interactive session, learn the basics of volunteer management from start to finish, including strategically assessing your organization’s needs, writing position descriptions for the people you need, recruiting skills-based and other volunteers, training and retaining them, and recognizing and rewarding your volunteers. You’ll leave this 3-hour workshop with a toolbox of great ideas, templates, sample forms, and a support network to keep the momentum going!

Central MS Hub (Jackson)
When: Wednesday, November 6th
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: Families First of Mississippi (750 N. State Street, Jackson, MS)

Only $39 per person

New & Renewing Members of The Alliance

Month of September

B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Mississippi

Freedom Project Network

Jobs for Mississippi Graduates

Little Light House Central Mississippi

Manna Ministries

Merea Ministry

New Life Family Centered Programs

Parents for Public Schools

Pioneer Ministries

Singing River Health System Foundation

TACT

The Little Light House of Central MS

Tishomingo County Community Coalition

Upcoming Training & Events

Webinar: Midwest Flooding – The Year’s Biggest US Disaster
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
1PM
Online Webinar
Free for all

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Midwest Early Recovery Fund is hosting a webinar to help funders understand the extent and impact of flooding, raise awareness of upcoming flood risks in 2020, and share current recovery needs of the affected communities.

Network for Good Year-End Fundraising Workshop & Live Stream

Friday , November 61 2019
10AM – 4:00PM
JSU e-Center, Jackson & Live-Streamed

$109 Not Yet Members AM Session Only
$149 Not Yet Members AM & PM Sessions
$69 Alliance Members AM Session Only
$109 Alliance Members AM & PM Sessions

The Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy has partnered with Network for Good to offer a year-end campaign planning workshop to help you raise more money this year.

PM Session:
After the training session, you will have the opportunity to receive individual coaching from Rachel Ramjattan, CFRE and National Program Director, Impact & Sustainability Network for Good and other professional fundraisers.

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