The Ally: Feb 2021 – News You Can Use

The Alliance Announces $600,000 Endowment Gift from
The Maddox Foundation to Provide Training to State’s Nonprofits

This Gift is Part of a Year-Long Endowment Challenge to Create $1.2 Million Endowment

The Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy (The Alliance) announced  a historic gift from the Hernando-based Maddox Foundation that aims to support and sustain the organization’s work to provide training, technical assistance, and policy efforts for the state’s nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. The Maddox Foundation’s initial gift of $600,000 is part of a year-long endowment challenge at the state’s seven community foundations to create a $1.2 million endowment for The Alliance.

“This is a truly remarkable gift from The Maddox Foundation that demonstrates and underscores the importance of partnerships and collaboration in the work of nonprofits and philanthropy in our state,” said Sammy Moon executive director of The Alliance. “Our work with the state’s community foundations has led to positive impact in communities in every single county in the state, which has been a critical part of helping children and families during the challenges of the past year.”

Through this gift, the Maddox Foundation, founded by Dan and Margaret Maddox in 1968, continues to build on its long-standing legacy of making signature investments in education and young people. In recent years, the foundation has led and supported efforts to place internet-connected computers in every public classroom in Mississippi, created innovative places for children to learn and play, and established a community foundation to serve northwest Mississippi.

“By investing in the effectiveness and sustainability of the Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy, we will strengthen the ability of all Mississippi’s nonprofits to fulfill their missions,” said Robin Hurdle, president of the Maddox Foundation. “We hope this endowment will sustain systemic changes to improve the lives of all Mississippians not only for our lifetimes but for generations to come.”

From The Independent Sector Digest
Challenge Your Nonprofit’s Commitment to Racial Equity

How can your organization challenge its commitment to ensure equitable outcomes across a broad range of nonprofit missions and policy agendas? In celebration of Black History Month, Independent Sector has organized a Racial Equity in Policy Week of Action, February 22-28, to promote equitable policy solutions that advance the nonprofit sector’s efforts to support COVID-19 recovery and civic infrastructure needs. As part of our week-long effort, we are also hosting several passionate descendants of notable civil rights leaders for a February 23 interactive webinar on how past lessons from the Civil Rights Movement can help inform equitable outcomes now and in the future.

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