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CHARITY - LOCAL
Community Foundation of Greater Jackson uses direct mail appeals, printed advertisements and grant proposals to help fund the organization.
Community Foundation of Greater Jackson (CFGJ) SERVE those who create charitable funds by providing flexible and tax-efficient methods to contribute to orgaizations they love. Local nonprofits whose endowments they hold are their Partners. CFGJ strengthens them by holding and growing their endowments, supporting their mission and goals, and recognizing and publicizing their needs. CFGJ supports the communities they serve by making known critical needs and by sponsoring important development initiatives.
IMPACT Since its inception in 1994, Your Community Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants that have served a broad spectrum of vital needs throughout our service area of Hinds, Rankin, and Madison Counties. Community Foundation of Greater Jackson looks forward to continuing to increase the capacity of nonprofit organizations in their communities so that they can continue their important work. Your Community Foundation supports nonprofit organizations addressing a wide range of community needs. Donor-advised funds award grants in areas that are important to the Fund Creators who established them. In January 2008, your Community Foundation's Board of Trustees approved the decision to use unrestricted funds in the Community Trust Fund to focus in the area of youth development for the next three years. GRANTS Your Community Foundation awards grants through several funding categories. Awards Funds are our special funds that make grants to individuals for a specific area of interest as directed by the fund creator. Designated Funds make grants to one or more specific organizations as directed by the fund creator. Donor-Advised Funds make grants to area nonprofits at the recommendation of the fund creator Field of Interest Funds make grants to benefit a particular group (such as women and children) or service area (such as education or the arts). Nonprofit Funds have been established by or for a particular nonprofit organization. Usually these are endowed funds created by nonprofit partners and are solely for the benefit of the organization. Scholarship Funds provide support to individuals to seek different levels of education. Each scholarship fund has its own purpose and eligibility requirements. Competitive Grants Process In addition to the above-listed fund categories, certain grants are awarded through their competitive grants cycle. Funding for competitive grants comes from the following funds: Community Trust Fund The A+ Fund (for educators) The Learning Project (for educational programs) The Betty Hunt Williams Memorial Charitable Fund (for underprivileged children) Thomas M. Blake Charitable Funds MMI Hotel Group/MMI Dining Systems Charitable Fund They are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back periodically for updates on their grants cycle. Nissan / Bank Plus Education Mini-Grants Your Community Foundation has partnered with Nissan North America-Canton and BankPlus to provide an annual grants program for the Canton Public School District and Madison County School District. The Nissan/BankPlus Education Mini-Grant Program provides mini-grants to grades K-12 in the Canton and Madison County School Districts. Any teacher, counselor, librarian, principal, or other school personnel who works directly with students can apply for a grant. Grant awards range from $500 to $1,500 and support innovative teaching and learning in conjunction with state-mandated curricula. Application process has closed for the 2009-2010 school year. Jackson Public Schools Education Foundation Trust Fund The Jackson Public Schools Education Foundation Trust, Inc., was created in 1985 by the MetroJackson Chamber of Commerce with the goal to fund classroom enrichment and student motivation programs which could not be funded by the regular school budget. Leaders in the Jackson community raised approximately $500,000 to establish the Trust. In December of 2000
, the Trust was transferred to the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, thereby creating the Jackson Public Schools Education Foundation Trust Fund. In 2005, the Trust combined forces with the Junior League of Jackson, which operated a similar program. Since its inception in 1985, the Trust has granted out over $1,150,000 to deserving programs. JPS teachers who are interested in applying, should visit the JPS Partners in Education website. Community Trust Fund Created in 1995, this unrestricted endowment fund awards grants for worthwhile projects in the areas of education, health, families/children, the environment, the arts, or community building. In January 2008, Your Community Foundation's Board of Trustees approved the decision to use unrestricted funds in the Community Trust Fund to focus in the area of youth development for the next three years. Grants focus specifically on education in Canton and youth safety in Jackson and target the age group represented in the 6th through 12th grade years. Through this effort, your Community Foundation aspires to have a greater impact on youth living in the tri-county area by awarding fewer, targeted grants and measuring the results. SCHOLARSHIPS The scholarship funds of your Community Foundation of Greater Jackson: APWA Scholarship Fund Dennis Bomgaars Memorial Scholarship Fund John Robert Boswell Memorial Scholarship Fund Harrison Clark Scholarship Awards Fund Aura Neely-Gary Memorial Scholarship Fund Anthony "Tony" Gobar Juvenile Justice Scholarship Fund Charles "Chuck" E. Griffin, Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund Bill Hunsberger Scholarship Fund Ryan Kirkpatrick Memorial Scholarship Fund Robert E. Luckett Memorial Scholarship Fund Mae Meriwether Zifcak Girl Scout Scholarship Fund