The Ally: December 2019

Note from the Executive Director

Happy Holidays Friends,
As we enter the most joyous season, a time to be with family and friends and the time to start anew in 2020, the staff and board of the Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy wish you and yours a very happy holiday season and a great and prosperous new year.

2020 will be a year of great excitement, expectations, and growth for us. Soon we will be moving into our new state-of-the-art office space in the renovated Landmark Center in downtown Jackson. And we’ll continue to provide quality courses, material, tools, consultation, technical assistance and opportunities for you to learn, share and work collaboratively to achieve better results for children, families and communities.

Although the Alliance came together in April of this year, we have an official public launch on Friday, February 7, 2020 in Jackson. We have already confirmed nationally recognized leaders to engage with local stakeholders to celebrate the Alliance, including Phil Buchanan, CEO of The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) a leading voice for the philanthropic community; Jeff Moore, chief strategy officer at Independent Sector; Donna Murray-Brown, president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association and board chair of the National Council of Nonprofits; and Janine Lee, president and CEO of the Southeastern Council of Foundations.

Please stay tuned to more information, including times and locations.

We are quite excited to continue learning from you and sharing the mission of the Alliance as we continue to serve, build the capacity, and foster collaboration among and between Mississippi’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities.

All the best,

Sammy Moon

What’s New

New Report: Philanthropic Giving in Mississippi

We are proud to announce the release of our 2019 philanthropy report, Philanthropic Giving in Mississippi, which is the second in a series of data-driven students of philanthropy and nonprofits in the state. Although this report focuses on philanthropy in the state, the information contained in the report will be of great benefit to nonprofits as they seek to build stronger relationships with grantmakers.

We would like to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for providing the resources to make this report possible. We hope that this information provides a spark of hope and enthusiasm for what lies ahead for your organization and Mississippi.

What Nonprofits Need to Know About the 2020 Census

Results of the U.S. 2020 Census will influence individuals, communities, governments, for-profit entities, and nonprofit organizations throughout the next decade. Data obtained from the Census will help inform decision-makers in all sectors and determine the distribution of both political power and financial resources.

If the data is incorrect or incomplete, there will likely be an inequitable distribution of resources for basic community needs, such as education, food, and income security, health care, housing, transportation, and much more. The allocation of $600 billion in federal funds hinges annually on the decennial data, including funding for state and local governments, as well as for nonprofits to deliver services to individuals and communities. Read more here.

If your organization is interested in learning more about the 2020 US Census or want to explore other ways to educate your community, contact Carla Ross at 662-996-8700 or carla.ross@2020census.gov

The census is important to your nonprofit and to those you serve.

  • Every person counted in your community affects public funding, representation, and allocation of public services and infrastructure for the next decade.

Your voice and funding are at risk.

  • Federal Funds: Census data is used to determine the allocation of critical funding that nonprofits and those you serve rely on, including health care, education, social services and more.
  • Political Representation: Census numbers re-draw boundaries for congressional districts, state senate districts, state house districts, city councils, county boards, and more.
  • Public Infrastructure: Government and businesses use census numbers to locate schools, transit, and retail outlets. Read more here.

Member Spotlight

Toughest Kids Foundation

Crystal Springs Springs, MS

In 1977, Jim and Mary Kitchens heard those words no parent ever wishes to hear: “Your child has cancer.” There were surgeries, radiation treatments, and chemotherapy with all of the attendant side effects.

“We didn’t realize it then, but God had a plan,” the couple said. “And a sick little boy was a necessary part of that plan.” The family founded Mississippi’s Toughest Kids Foundation (MTK) in 2008, and the whole family, including that little sick boy—who is all grown up now—is very involved and thankful to be a part of bringing Camp Kamassa to Mississippi.

From the beginning, volunteers and board members have visited out-of-state special needs camps and attended several American Camping Association conventions. During the summer visits have been made to Mississippi camps holding sessions for children with special needs.

“I am so excited about Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy and the opportunities it will offer nonprofits. We all struggle to find the most productive way to spend our hard-earned funds. I believe the Alliance is going to be the tool we need to find available funds and to also equip us with the necessary skills to acquire those funds. Another extremely valuable benefit of the Alliance has always been in networking. The Alliance will fill this need we all feel to learn from each other by connecting us with even more organizations. I am very thankful to see the formation of the Alliance and plan to be a very active member.”
– Mary Kitchens, Founder and Executive Director of MTK Camp Kamassa (building a camp facility for children and adults with special needs)

The Pinebelt Community Foundation

Hattiesburg, MS

In 1997, a group of young leaders created The Pinebelt Community Foundation as part of their ambitious leadership project. Since that time, the Pinebelt Foundation has grown to over 220 funds and has distributed more than $15,000,000 throughout the Pine Belt region. By managing and growing the charitable resources of individuals and corporations, the Pinebelt Foundation enables short- and long-term charitable impact.

The foundation is committed to leading and partnering with community stakeholders in a way that is respectful, transparent, and trustworthy and focused on helping the Pine Belt of Mississippi continue to become a more equitable and prosperous community for all of its residents.

“The Pinebelt Foundation is deeply invested in the idea that our work will never successfully happen in a vacuum. We are utterly dependent on the support and wisdom of our friends in the field, and those with expertise other than own. The Alliance provides us both programmed and organic opportunities to network, share best practices, and learn with a wide variety of practitioners in Philanthropic and non-profit work. Our membership in The Alliance is a budget line that we view as far more of an investment than it is an expense.”
– Michael Dixon, Executive Director, The Pinebelt Community Foundation

Nonprofit & Philanthropic News

Our New Blog + Why Giving for Core Mission Support Matters

Earlier this month, we added a blog section to our website where we are featuring in-depth articles and important information for nonprofits and philanthropy directly from leaders and excerpts at the state, regional, and national level. We recently added Why Giving for Core Mission Support Matters, a post from Anne Phillips and Melinda Mosier from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. We’ve included a brief excerpt of that article below, and you can click here to read the entire post on our website.

As you read this, a nonprofit organization is keeping a mother and children safe from domestic abuse. An elder knows that someone from Meals-on-Wheels will be coming to check on him — and deliver a hot lunch. A watershed critical to clean drinking water is being protected. A downtown is coming back to life — with help from arts and economic development nonprofits. Nonprofit media are keeping citizens informed about the news of the day. A child is getting dental care. A New American is learning English. A young boy has a mentor. Read more here.

Hub for Volunteerism, Capacity-Building, and Training

It’s Time to Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer for a Prestigious Give Award!

The Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Awards celebrates the exemplary work of Mississippi’s most dedicated citizens. This award program, presented by Volunteer Mississippi in partnership with the Governor’s Office, recognizes and honors the valuable contributions of some of Mississippi’s extraordinary citizens while inspiring others to follow their example.

NOMINATIONS ARE DUE MONDAY, JANUARY 27, 2020 BY 5:00 PM

Click here to nominate someone for a GIVE Award.


January is National Mentoring Month

Mentoring, at its core, guarantees young people that there is someone who cares about them, assures them they are not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on young people in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects a young person to personal growth and development, and social and economic opportunity. Yet one in three young people will grow up without this critical asset. Read more here.

New & Renewing Members of The Alliance

Month of November

Christian Services

Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities

Hinds County Human Resource Agency

Hope Haven Children’s Advocacy Center

ICU Ministries

Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church

Mississippi Delta Community College Development Foundation

Oxford Film Festival

Red Door Jackson

Restore My City

Sisters in Birth

Solid Foundation, CDC

Sunnybrook Children’s Home

WE2GETHER CREATING CHANGE

Christine Williams

Mississippi Center for Legal Services

Images from our 2019 North Mississippi Nonprofit Leadership Forum

Gulf Coast Forum | November 13, 2019 | Oxford, MS

The Alliance, in partnership with Volunteer Mississippi, welcomed more than 50 nonprofit and philanthropic professionals and volunteers to the North Mississippi Nonprofit Leadership Forum at the Oxford Conference Center. This was the final forum of 2019 with previous stops in Indianola, Jackson, and Biloxi.  In all, more than 270 nonprofit and philanthropic staff attended forums to learn and network with others in their service areas.  The forums were a huge success, and we are already planning the forums for 2020 and look forward to seeing you there next year.

The Alliance Honored by the Mississippi Business Journal

The Mississippi Business Journal honored 40 nonprofit and community groups during its Mississippi’s Nonprofit Awards ceremony on Thursday, November 21, at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson. The Alliance is grateful to be one of those 40 organizations from across our great state to receive this honor. Some of the organizations honored—who also happen to be members of the Alliance—include Stewpot, Columbus Arts Council, Extra Table, The Baddour Center, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center, and R3SM. Congrats to all those honored and continue the great work you do.

Upcoming Training & Events

Basic Grant Proposal Strategies

Wednesday, January 22, 2020
9:00 am – 3:30 pm
MS Alliance Training Room

$139 Alliance Members
$209 Not-Yet Alliance Members

This class is designed for beginners, as well as practiced grant writers who need to understand the elements of a proposal and how to successfully integrate each into a successful proposal, as well as the process for successful grant research.

This workshop will cover basic grant writing objectives, the elements of almost every proposal, customizing proposals, locating grants and funding opportunities, developing relationships with funders, and grants management. This workshop is will also help you learn how to conduct successful grant research.

You will hear real stories and the do’s and don’ts of grant writing.

How You Will Benefit:

  • You will gain a new understanding of the grant writing process.
  • You will be able to research, plan, and write grants for your organization.
  • Create a working budget
  • You can use your new skills to advance your career—or start a new one!

Now We Rise: How to be a Better Nonprofit Leader

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Online Webinar

$49 Alliance Members
$79 Not-Yet Members

Many people who are working within the ranks of nonprofit organizations could become great senior nonprofit leaders. However, in part because of budget constraints, few organizations in the sector have formal professional development programs to prepare mid-level managers for senior roles. As a result, most mid-level nonprofit professionals must take responsibility for their career development.

This webinar will show you different ways you can improve your leadership skills and position yourself for advancement in the nonprofit sector.

Role of the Board Chair (Partnership with Washington Nonprofits)
A Four Part Series

Thursday, January 30, 2020 through
Thursday, February 20, 2020
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST
Online Webinar

$80 for Alliance Members
$160 for Not-Yet Members

Leading a group of governance volunteers can be challenging as well as rewarding. Serving as the chair of the board is not a role for the uninspired and undecided. In this workshop, participants will learn about the chair’s responsibility in strengthening and improving the leadership work of the board as a whole.

This course is a great primer for new board chairs and excellent refresher for more seasoned board members! Whether you’re a current chair, chair-elect, or head up a committee, this workshop covers leadership skills every board member needs. Topics include leadership characteristics of effective board leaders, key relationships in and out of the board room, your leadership legacy, facilitating meetings that matter, and ways to engage individual board members.

Strategic Planning 101

Thursday, February 6, 2020
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Knight Center, Gulfport, MS

$69 Alliance Members
$109 Not-Yet Members

Good strategic planning helps nonprofits clarify where their organization is going, how it’s going to get there, and how it will know when it’s arrived. It creates the framework for board and staff to focus their energy and resources toward common goals.

This half-day workshop is a practical introduction to the key concepts and techniques of strategic planning and will help participants understand how to design an effective planning process that meets their organization’s needs.

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