The Community Foundation of Washington County (CFWC) recognizes the importance, beyond its role as a grant maker, of foundation involvement in and support of community initiatives and other charitable endeavors.

Fiscal sponsorships are common to community foundations. They are also essential in meeting the changing opportunities and needs of the Washington County area. Therefore, CFWC may choose to provide fiscal and project sponsorships for charitable projects that further the purpose and mission of the Foundation.

Sponsorship services include the capacity for the project of another entity to receive tax-deductible contributions by the Community Foundation of Washington County, the receipting and managing of contributions, and the authorization and payment of grants and expenses from the fund created for the project.  Sponsorship services do not include extensive administrative, fundraising or financial support.

The primary beneficiaries of sponsorship services are typically new charities without 501(c)(3) status and community groups planning a specific or finite project that is clearly charitable in nature and in furtherance of the charitable purposes of the CFWC.

The CFWC has adopted the following guidelines which are designed to protect the interest(s) of donors and the CFWC. The CFWC reserves the right to either accept or decline any fund.  It also reserves the right to close a fund.  The CFWC will consider each situation individually.

 Please click here for our Fiscal Sponsorship Policy, Guidelines and Application.

 

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This fund was created to showcase the culture and history of the Mississippi Delta to the world through the art form of digital cinema.

The Leadership Washington County Community Project Fund was created in 2016 through an effort led by the Washington County Economic Alliance.  Leadership Washington County, a program coordinated through the Washington County Economic Alliance, is an annual class of community members interested in becoming more involved in the community.  This group of leaders completes a project each year to better our community as part of their scope of programming and as a way to “give back.”

The Leadership Class of 2016 has selected the renovation of The Boys and Girls Club of Washington County, located in downtown Greenville, as their project this year.  The renovation plans include painting the exterior and some of the interior, creating/renovating a “teen room,” replacing broken windows, and updating signage and landscaping.

In order to accomplish these goals for their project and provide greater recreational opportunities and programming for children in the Greenville community, the Leadership Washington County class will be reaching out to local businesses, civic groups and individuals to help them raise the necessary funds to ensure their project’s success.

Leland community leaders united to create the Leland Creative Park Fund under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Washington County.  This fund will provide for the installation of a new park adjacent to the Jim Henson Museum in Leland.

The Leland Creative Park will serve as a focal point for the Leland community, Washington County and, indeed, the entire state of Mississippi.  Designed by Robert Poore of Native Habitats, the park will further spotlight Leland and Washington County as the inspiration for Jim Henson’s creative legacy and the birthplace of the Muppets.  Tourists, school children and local residents will have the opportunity to learn more about Jim Henson in a beautiful spot, while being physically active.

The MS Delta Back the Blue Fund was created to promote respect and appreciation for all law enforcement officers and agencies throughout Washington County. “Back the Blue” is a public awareness campaign designated and dedicated to displaying public support for law enforcement throughout the United States. The goal is to show appreciation and support to all law enforcement officers and agencies within Washington County and in certain circumstances throughout the state of Mississippi, such as in the case of a fallen officer. Through close collaboration and in partnership with the Greenville Police Department, Leland Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Department, this fund will also help to fund needs for equipment and additional resources these departments need to most effectively serve our county. 

Pathways2Possibilities Fund (P2P) is an interactive, hands-on career expo designed for 8th graders, and also offers time for at-risk youth ages 16-24.  P2P has been creating these experiences for the youth of the Gulf Coast region since 2013 and held their first one in Tupelo in 2015.

In April 2016, P2P came to the Mississippi Delta region!  Throughout the 2-day event, more than 2,300 8th graders from public, private and parochial schools along with home school associations from this region attended this inaugural event at the Washington County Convention Center.  Additionally, 183 at-risk youth and young adults were able to experience Pathways.

The participants had the opportunity to explore the eighteen different career pathways, which are aligned with the MS Department of Education.  Professionals in each pathway designed and facilitated hands-on activities related to their vocational skill sets and responsibilities giving the Delta youth a look inside these careers and the pathways that will guide them to both academic and career success in the future. 

The Public School Academic Competition Fund was created to provide the necessary support and resources to Washington County public schools for students who are interested in competing in academic competitions, with a special consideration for mock trial competition. This fund encourages students who are interested in expanding their critical thinking, deductive reasoning and public speaking skills to showcase these skills by competing in local, state and national competitions. Support for these students through the public school districts in Washington County could include travel expenses, supplies, registration fees and equipment.
This fund was created by the Brent Family, honoring Ruth Brent who was renowned for her volunteer efforts to help local families in need. The Brent Family has donated $5,000 to create this fund for use to assist home-owners with extensive roof damages.  This fund will be managed and administered through the Board of Delta Force of Washington County and their case management team and will serve the clients who are being helped through Delta Force, our Community Based Recovery Committee.

The Academy of Arts, Music and Science Project Fund was created in 2016 through an effort led by Paul Mathis to create an arts, music and science, public school, based in Washington County.

While there has been a declining focus on the part of public education that focuses on the arts, music and science, both in Washington County and across the country, it is proven that we must educate students to their strengths and use their artistic talents to encourage individual growth and academic success.

In order to accomplish the goals for this project, community-wide support as well as financial funding is necessary.  Ultimately, in the long-term, the plans are to create a permanent steering committee to guide development and implementation efforts as well as the creation of an ongoing endowment fund to assist with financial support for the Academy of Arts, Music and Science.

Donors can contribute to this fund and play a significant role in the creation of an Academy of Arts, Music and Science, a public school for the gifted, to serve children, not only within the Greenville Public School District, but all of Washington County.

The Greenville Power Box Art Initiative Fund was created through an effort led by the Greenville Arts Council, in conjunction with the City of Greenville, to create a new avenue to show off our city’s strengths through art that represents Greenville and the Delta region.

The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education and the creative work of artists. This initiative centers around plans to paint all 31 power boxes (the boxes that cover transformers and other electrical equipment next to power poles) through the city with art that focuses on the arts, music, places, nature and people residents love about their home, here in Washington County.

Local artists will be solicited to submit designs for the power boxes, so the mission of GAC will be in full force throughout this project. Each box will be labeled with a plaque spotlighting the number of the box, the donor for that box’s artwork (if applicable) and the title of the artwork. To sponsor a box in its entirety, the cost is $250. The project is planned to be completed by the end of the summer 2017.

Donors can contribute to this fund and play a significant role in the beautification of our community through the Greenville Power Box Art Initiative.  The Delta’s unique culture will be spotlighted through the vision of local artists and custom painted designs will create points of interest that will entice tourists and residents alike to take pride in Washington County and our incredible array of talented artists.

The Delta Force of Washington County was created in 2016 to serve as a Community Based Recovery Committee for the Washington County community.  This committee is comprised of community leaders, church leaders and community volunteers with the central goal of assisting with relief and long-term recovery efforts stemming from disasters in our community.

The Delta Force of Washington County will work to meet the unmet needs suffered by citizens and organizations in Washington County caused by natural or man-made disasters and other disaster related needs.  Collaborations and partnerships are key to the success of this committee as they strive to ensure disaster relief efforts are not duplicated throughout our community and that resources are combined to yield maximum results in the face of future disasters.

With guidance from both the Mississippi Emergency Management Association and the Washington County Emergency Services leadership, this committee has set up its structure according to “best practices” and is prepared to serve our community.

The Washington County Emergency Medical Response Team Fund was created in 2016 through an effort led by the Washington County Emergency Management Services in collaboration with Dr. Robert Corkern, Emergency Room Director at Delta Regional Medical Center.

The Washington County Emergency Medical Response Team is a volunteer team committed to the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical care and the preservation of life through the delivery of pre-hospital emergency medical care and the prevention of injury through community education initiatives.  This will greatly increase the response times throughout Washington County.  The group has approved by-laws and medical protocols in place and will make a huge difference in the response times throughout our community, especially in the rural areas.

Providing a large county, with a busy ambulance service, volunteer service for medical care allows that professional provider to focus on the advanced life support techniques while the volunteer provides needed support, medical care and assistance.  By having a system of county residents as medical volunteers — the county is provided support to an intrinsic medical system that reaches every corner of the county.

Donors can contribute to this fund and play a significant role in the improvement of lives right here in Washington County, when they are faced with a medical emergency.


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