The Ally: January 2020

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Now that the holidays are over and we’re all relaxed, refreshed and ready to tackle the new year, it’s time to build off 2019 successes and continue our work to make things better for Mississippi’s children, families and communities. I assure you The Alliance is beginning its second calendar year with an eye towards building on the solid foundation we have established, and we will continue to push for better quality, increased customer service and more supports and benefits for members. We realize and appreciate the fact that our work is directly related to creating opportunities that benefit you!

Early in 2020, we will host the official Public Launch and Celebration of The Alliance. This event will be on Friday, February 7, and will feature nationally known speakers, including Phil Buchanan of the Center of Effective Philanthropy, Jeffrey Moore from the Independent Sector, Janine Lee from the Southeastern Council of Foundations, and Donna Murray-Brown, board chair of the National Council of Nonprofits. This is quite a line-up of individuals in the field who have been recognized and lauded for their expertise and experience with both philanthropy and nonprofits.

We will also continue to celebrate the success of Endow Mississippi that greatly exceeded expectations in its first year, which will include a press conference during our Capitol Day on Monday, January 27. Programmatically, we will seek to advance the work of the statewide Campaign for Grade Level Reading Initiative, the Education Affinity Group, and the Community Foundation Network.

We look forward to building on and expanding partnerships in 2020. We will continue to build stronger relationship with GuideStar, Network for Good and Volunteer Mississippi. We are also working on several other partnerships that can bring additional opportunities for our members—more information on those will be forthcoming soon. In the coming months, we will be expanding affinity groups beyond education to bring nonprofits and funders together to tackle some of the larger issues we face in our state.

2020 is going to be an incredibly exciting year! We look forward to working with you, and we hope you’ll encourage your friends and colleagues who aren’t currently members to join The Alliance. Together, we’ve only just begun to do good things!!!

All the best,

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What’s New

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Save the Date: The Alliance Public Launch | Friday, February 7, 2020

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]On Friday, February 7, 2020, we’ll be hosting our public launch celebration and luncheon at the Two Mississippi Museums (222 North Street, Jackson, MS), which will include a panel featuring some of the nation’s foremost experts on nonprofit and philanthropic issues. The event will start at 11:30 am and conclude at 2:00 pm.

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Our 2020 Live Event Training Calendar Is Here!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Our new 2020 live-event training calendar is now available, which includes detailed information about our most comprehensive training and education options to date. Our Volunteer/Nonprofit Hubs in Hernando, Clarksdale, Greenville, Tupelo, Columbus, Jackson and Gulfport will be heavily involved in hosting many of these events to bring high quality and impactful training options closer to you.

We have scheduled our events from January through June, and with a diverse offering of learning opportunities, we are confident you will find a training that helps you build capacity and increase impact. If you are interested in discussing more personalized training, technical assistance or coaching, you can email us at to discuss custom packages.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”VIEW 2020 TRAININGS” style=”flat” shape=”square” align=”left” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][vc_empty_space height=”20px”][vc_column_text]

Webinar Wednesdays are Coming!

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]We recently launched our #WebinarWednesdays, during which we will be hosting live webinars from our team and partners, enabling you to access quality training from your home or  office! We’ll be posting information about these webinars on Facebook and Twitter, and we’ll send emails to keep you informed about upcoming trainings.

Some of the webinar topics we will be exploring in 2020 include fundraising, legal compliance, leadership and board development.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner el_id=”spotlight” css=”.vc_custom_1571349597633{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]

Member Spotlight


Monroe County Children’s Vision Center

Aberdeen, MS

The Monroe County Children’s Vision Center has hosted three unique conferences on “Hidden Disorders—Right in Front of Our Eyes” for teachers, medical professionals and the public. Each year, six hours Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are made available for teachers, and in 2019 these CEUs were also available for medical professionals. Each conference faculty included at least two world leaders in their respective fields.

Their work is extremely important because approximately one in four people have eyes don’t align properly, even if they pass the “20/20 vision test”. Perfect acuity and collaborative eyes do not always go hand-in-hand! This condition is known as Binocular Vision Disorder (BVD), and most sufferers (adults and children) are generally unaware they have a problem. They’ve always seen the world this way and without a frame of reference, the sufferer doesn’t know what an alternative world looks like!

– LuEllen Childress, Chair Pro Tem, Executive Director and Chair, Research Committee


Women’s Foundation of Mississippi

Jackson, MS

The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi is the only grantmaking and advocacy organization in the state entirely dedicated to funding programs that improve the lives of women and girls statewide. Their mission is clear: economic security for women.

Women have greater opportunity for upward mobility and economic sustainability when they can plan for pregnancy, earn a degree or receive relevant job training, and pursue a viable career with a livable income. By cultivating social change, the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi has committed to helping women and girls transcend our state’s dire social and economic barriers – because when women are economically secure, safe, and healthy, then families and communities are economically secure, safe, and healthy.


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Nonprofit & Philanthropic News


Women’s Funds Report Success in Achieving Short-Term Objectives

Although women’s foundations and funds define impact in various ways, three in four report success in achieving their short-term objectives, a report from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy finds. Read more here.

The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi awarded more than $200,000 in new grants in 2019 to benefit women and girls in our great state. To see a list of those who were benefactors, click here.

#GivingTuesday 2019 Brought In Nearly $2 Billion

#GivingTuesday yielded another bumper crop of gifts for nonprofits this year with total giving reaching more than $1.9 billion in the United States. More than a quarter of those gifts were made online, for a grand total of $511 million in online giving—about $111 million more than 2018, an increase of almost 28 percent.  Read more here.

Did you have a unique strategy or approach that helped you succeed on #GivingTuesday? We’d love to highlight your success via social media and email. If you need ideas or help with fundraising, we have several training opportunities and programs that can boost your fundraising expertise. Send us an email at to discuss how we can help grow your fundraising capacity.

Remember #GivingTuesday is on December 1, 2020. To see some additional data and findings about online giving, click here.

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation Announces Funding Opportunity

In order to address a leading cause of death in the United States, the AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation recently announced a funding opportunity for its Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM (CCH), a program with the mission of improving cardiovascular health.

CCH provides grants to U.S.-based nonprofit organizations engaged in community level work in the United States that is aligned with the program’s mission. The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation will hold an open call for applications for the CCH Next Generation program from February 3 to February 21, 2020 at 4 p.m. CST.  For more information, click here.

Gates Foundation CEO Stepping Down

Susan Desmond-Hellman, M.D., CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is stepping down at the end of January, citing health and family considerations. Mark Suzman, the foundation’s chief strategy officer, will take over the $51.8-billion organization on Feb. 1, 2020.  Read more here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text el_id=”hub”]

Hub for Volunteerism, Capacity-Building, and Training

MLK National Day of Service Book Drive

The Central MS Hub for Volunteers and Nonprofits invites you to participate in its MLK National Day of Service book drive on Monday, January 20th to benefit the Institute of Southern Jewish Life’s (ISJL) 2020 Literacy Achievement Bonanza. The Central MS Hub will be accepting donations of new or gently used books for elementary students. ISJL needs over 1,000 books for their spring break literacy day camp. Participants of the camp receive free books each day!

On Monday (MLK Day),  all you have to do is drive up to Beth Israel Congregation with your books, and we will accept them from your vehicle without you leaving the driver’s seat!

Monday, January 20, 2020 at 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Beth Israel Congregation
5315 Old Canton Rd, Jackson, Mississippi

For more information, please contact Karla Edwards at (601) 968-0061 ext. 13 or

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.


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New & Renewing Members of The Alliance

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Ever Reaching Community Outreach

Families as Allies

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Images from Our Quarterly Member Meeting

More than 70 Alliance members were on hand for our first Alliance members meeting for 2020 at Families First in Jackson.  We unveiled our 2019 Philanthropy Giving Report in Mississippi, and we updated attendees on our 2019 accomplishments and shared our vision for 2020.


Our members also heard from two important guest speakers: Dr. Carey Wright, Superintendent, Mississippi Department of Education, and Dr. Thomas Dodd, State Health Officer, Mississippi State Department of Health. Presentations from the meeting can be viewed in our

Our next quarterly member meeting will be Friday, April 17, in Jackson. If you are interested in becoming a member, contact Sandra Johnson at or call (601) 968-0061.[/vc_column_text][vc_media_grid element_width=”6″ grid_id=”vc_gid:1579046907018-5f6ac122-e9bf-8″ include=”1084,1085,1086″][vc_column_text el_id=”trainings”]

Upcoming Training & Events

[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1573505723576{margin-top: 20px !important;margin-bottom: 20px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text]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!

[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”REGISTER” style=”flat” shape=”square” align=”left” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1573505723576{margin-top: 20px !important;margin-bottom: 20px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”REGISTER” style=”flat” shape=”square” align=”left” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1573505723576{margin-top: 20px !important;margin-bottom: 20px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”REGISTER” style=”flat” shape=”square” align=”left” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][vc_separator css=”.vc_custom_1573505723576{margin-top: 20px !important;margin-bottom: 20px !important;padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”][vc_column_text]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.[/vc_column_text][vc_btn title=”REGISTER” style=”flat” shape=”square” align=”left” link=”||target:%20_blank|”][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/4″][vc_column_text el_class=”post-sidebar”]

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