There is an old song that has lyrics about “…bring out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer….” May is the month that starts that sense of summertime adventure – it’s a month of beginnings and endings, promise, and reflection. It functions as the gateway to summer, a favorite time of year when “the living is easy” and the fast-paced crush of finals, reports, and graduation is over. Part of the promise of this particular May is the gradual re-opening of the world. Masks are coming off. More people are vaccinated, and life feels lighter than it has in more than a year.
While the outdoors beckons and the warmer days lighten the mood, there is still much work to be done. The Alliance is forever expanding, tweaking, improving, and launching programs and services to benefit its nonprofit and philanthropic members.
Speaking of members, have you checked on your membership status lately? You won’t want to miss out on any new and innovative offerings available to our members, but more importantly, we need your voice, your perspective, and your experience to enhance the power of the network.
One of the new programs offered by The Alliance concluded last week with a graduation luncheon for the first class of Emerging Leaders: Fundraising Executives. It was my privilege to celebrate with this engaged and accomplished group. I know they will excel within their organizations and contribute to their greater communities in a meaningful way. And, it was indeed liberating to be with them in person!
Every beginning includes an ending. We are sorry to say goodbye to our outstanding intern and recent graduate of Millsaps College, Lacee Winfield, and wish her well in her next chapter. We are also saying farewell to Karla Edwards, the Central MS Hub Director and very first employee of the newly formed Alliance, and congratulate her future colleagues. Our loss is their gain.
As we say goodbye to spring and hello to summer, I wish you all health and happiness, and hope that you find the season restorative.
As we dive into the festive spirit of December, I’d like to take a moment to reflect over the extraordinary year the Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy has had. This year has been nothing short of remarkable, marked by many changes and firsts. As I reflect on the transformative journey of 2023, it is impossible not to acknowledge the exceptional foresight of our founder, Sammy Moon.
Hope Village for Children is an amazing nonprofit organization located in Meridian, MS.
The Mississippi Council on Developmental Disabilities (MSCDD) currently has a grant opportunity available for nonprofit, for-profit, education, or government organizations. Approximately $200,000 total funds are available to fund three or more projects. A Request for Proposals for one-year grants starting July 1, 2024 is available at www.mscdd.org. Proposals are due by noon on March 8, 2024.