The Women's Fund of Mississippi
The Women’s Fund of Mississippi is the only grantmaking organization in Mississippi entirely dedicated to funding programs that improve the lives of women and girls statewide. A group of women started the Women’s Fund as a field-of-interest fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson in 2002.
In April 2009, the Women’s Fund became an independent nonprofit, separate from the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson. The Fund has since expanded its work to include the entire state, not just the Jackson area.
You can support the Women's Fund by becoming a member. Click here to download an application (PDF).
Read a report funded in part by The Women's Fund about the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Mississippi. Click here to download the report (PDF).
Economic Security for Women
The Women’s Fund of Mississippi marks its 10th anniversary by investing $506,000 in 11 programs statewide. Each organization will receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $160,000 to advance the economic security of women and girls across the state.
- Southeast Mississippi Rural Health Initiative, Inc., will increase youth-friendly health services at Hattiesburg High School campus and community clinics. - $15,000
- University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing: Midtown Teen Wellness Center at UNACARE, will provide metro Jackson high school students access to primary and preventive health care. - $41,000
- Mississippi First: Creating Healthy and Responsible Teens (C.H.A.R.T), will continue statewide advocacy to implement evidence-based, medically accurate comprehensive sex education in all school districts. - $10,000
- Southern Bancorp Community Partners: Asset Builders Campaign, Coahoma County, will provide credit counseling, financial education, and other asset building services to primarily single working mothers. - $40,000
- CLIMB Community Development Corporation: Workforce Training Institute, Gulfport, will offer job training and personal development programs with evidence-based sex education to improve knowledge, attitudes and behaviors of at-risk women, ages 16 to 19. - $40,000
- Mississippi Council on Economic Education: IDA Program, will use grant funds to provide financial literacy education and successful creation of individual development accounts (IDAs) for 15 young women attending Lanier High School, Jackson. Funds in accounts will be used for post-secondary education expenses. - $40,000
- Mississippi Center for Justice: Fair Lending Campaign, will recruit employers and financial institutions statewide to create new small dollar loan products with reasonable terms that low-wealth women can access through their jobs. - $40,000
- Institute of Southern Jewish Life: Talk About the Problems (T.A.P.), will provide leadership development training for middle school students to help resolve conflicts peacefully. This project will also expose young women to the legal field as a career path. - $40,000
- Sunflower County Freedom Project: Freedom Fellowship, will provide core academics, arts enrichment, health, educational travel, and character development for at-risk youth. - $40,000
- Mississippi Office of Nursing Workforce: MS Delta Funding Collaborative, will enhance its multi-dimensional approach to attract diverse, disadvantaged, low income women into health care careers by providing opportunities for career development. - $40,000
- Mississippi Community College Board: Two Generation Approach, will provide tuition and wrap around support services for low-income, female students dually enrolled in Adult Basic Education/GED and Workforce, Career and Technical Education programs at five community colleges. -$160,000