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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.

United Ways of Missisippi

United Way of MississippiUnited Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. In 2008, United Way initiated a 10-year program designed to achieve the following goals by 2018: - Improve education, and cut the number of high school dropouts — 1.2 million students, every year — in half. - Help people achieve financial stability, and get 1.9 million working families — half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable — on the road to economic independence. - Promote healthy lives, and increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.