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Association of Fundraising Professionals

Association of Fundraising ProfessionalsThe AFP MS chapter organized to advance ethical and effective fundraising in Mississippi and to further education for fundraising professionals and increase awareness of the fundraising profession. This active chapter includes members from all corners of the state - from small, community-based nonprofits to large, institutional nonprofits. AFP MS has been a 10 Star Chapter since 2010 and recently was awarded the 2013 Friends of Diversity designation.

Mississippi Arts Commission

Mississippi Arts CommissionIn 1968, the Mississippi Legislature created the Mississippi Arts Commission as the official grants-making and service agency for the arts. Since then the Commission has broadened its role as an active supporter and promoter of the arts in community life and arts education. The Commission operates both an administrative side and a programmatic side. The administrative side consists of the executive and deputy directors, the fiscal officer, the systems administrator, the public relations director and the executive assistant. The programmatic side consists of directors over the following areas: Community & Economic Development, Arts in Education, Arts Industry, Folk & Traditional Arts, Whole Schools Initiative and various special initiatives. The Commission worked tirelessly to provide much-needed assistance to the arts community on the Mississippi Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the area in 2005.

Mississippi Association of Grantmakers

MAG-Type-TreatmentThe Mississippi Association of Grantmakers harnesses the power of philanthropy to collectively address issues and advance policies critical to the well-being of the State’s residents and communities. We offer opportunities for our members to work collaboratively, share best practices, learn about effective programs and grantmaking, and develop strategic partnerships with national funders. MAG seeks to engage Mississippi’s mission-based nonprofit sector to strengthen funder/nonprofit relationships and focus on critical issues in education, community development, health care and the arts.

Mississippi Center for Nonprofits

The mission of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits is to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits to serve the people and communities of Mississippi. Over the past twenty years, the Center has worked to establish a standard of excellence in nonprofit management and remains the only provider of Nonprofit Management Certification in Mississippi.

Mississippi Development Authority

Mississippi Development AuthorityThe Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) is the state of Mississippi’s lead economic and community development agency, with approximately 300 employees engaged in providing services to businesses, communities and workers throughout Mississippi. The agency works to recruit new business to the state and retain and expand existing Mississippi industry and business. MDA also provides technical assistance to the state’s entrepreneurs and small businessmen and women and oversees programs that support Mississippi’s minority and women-owned businesses. In addition, the agency provides Mississippi’s corporate citizens with export assistance, manages the state’s energy programs and oversees programs that help its communities become more competitive. The agency works to promote tourism to the state and develop and support Mississippi’s tourism industry, as well.

Volunteer Mississippi

volunteer-mississippi-web-logoThe mission of Volunteer Mississippi is to engage and support Mississippians of all ages and backgrounds in service to their communities. Established in 1994 as the state office of volunteerism and formerly known as the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS), Volunteer Mississippi works to encourage a culture of citizenship, service and responsibility to America.