Note from the Executive Director

Greetings Friends, I hope you have had a productive summer that included a bit of vacation time. After all the challenges that nonprofit organizations have faced – and, in fact, are still facing – you deserved some quality down time. We all know that our effectiveness in serving others is directly related to our own […]

Jackson Water Crisis

Information Sources City of JacksonMS Emergency Management AgencyWater Distribution List w/ Contacts Support Opportunities Jackson Leadership FoundationMississippi Rapid Response CoalitionNational Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), MS Chapter

Laboring for Change

In our lifetimes, Labor Day has become the unofficial end of summer. A three-day weekend where we plan that last family trip before Thanksgiving or a time for a backyard BBQ with friends. The pandemic and the ripple effect it caused in our labor market is a great time to reflect on its original purpose. […]

Rethinking Mississippi and the Brain Drain

Former Governor William Winter often remarked, “the road out of the poorhouse runs past the schoolhouse door.” Under his leadership, Mississippi reformed its education system and made significant new investments, starting with the establishment of public kindergarten. As a result, the generation of Mississippians born in the 1980s and 1990s graduated from college in record […]

9/11: Service Opportunities

National Day of Service and Remembrance Our colleagues at AmeriCorps, who are charged with leading this day of service, are honoring this year under the banner “Unity through Service” in recognition of the great spirit of unity and service that our country displayed in the aftermath of 9/11/2001. As we honor those we lost on […]

Fond Farewells Over the Summer

One of the roles of an executive director of a nonprofit is to help identify and recruit talented and passionate individuals to fill staff positions within the organization. It is these individuals that will be the cornerstone of ensuring organizational success. I have been quite fortunate to have been part of bringing incredibly gifted individuals […]

Alliance in the News

What Is the True Cost of a 1:1 Device Program? One State’s Careful Rollout Offers a Look As summer vacation winds down, thousands of devices—including Chromebooks, iPads, and laptops—are in the care of school district IT departments. There, the devices have had updates installed, missing keys replaced, cracked screens repaired and decorative stickers removed. Soon, […]