Radio Show: Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi

The Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi is an independent not-for-profit organization founded in 2002 that serves eleven Mississippi counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Leflore, Marshall, Panola, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate and Tunica. CFNM is governed by a board of 20 volunteer civic leaders and impacts the communities of Northwest Mississippi by connecting people who care with causes that matter.

A Community Foundation is a creative, cost-effective and tax-efficient way for people to invest in the charitable causes they care about the most. We help create permanent charitable funds of everlasting impact, whether they focus totally on the local community or include charitable interests throughout the United States.

1. Endow Mississippi--new Mississippi law that allows donors who establish or contribute to endowments at qualified Mississippi community foundations to receive a 25% state tax credit for their contribution (up to certain limits)

2. September's Delta Conversation with Archie Manning at GRAMMY Museum in Cleveland, MS--sold-out crowd enabled establishment of the Archie Manning Endowment for his hometown of Drew as well as donation to GRAMMY Museum endowmet in memory of Lucy Janoush

3. Upcoming Crystal Ball on Jan. 18, 2020, to assist 700+ nonprofits through the Community Foundation. Soliciting nominations for Community Stars from 11-county region to honor; will honor our Stars of Hope--brothers Wade Creekmore and Jimmy Creekmore--who grew tiny local telephone companies into C Spire. And been exemplary in their philanthropy, such as chess program in southwest Mississippi that was featured on CBS's 60 Minutes.

4. Current challenge: Donor wants to contribute to what will be successful in reducing/stopping scourge of drug use among youth and young adults. We are researching where would be most effective place for their contributions to go. Drug court? in school education? Rehab? Trying to connect people who care to this cause that matters so much in our lives.

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