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10 Mississippi non-profits getting boost from Women's Fund



The Women’s Fund of Mississippi is marking its first decade by investing $346,000 in 10 nonprofits across Mississippi for programs that support programs that support women and girls.


In announcing the 2013 grants, the Jackson-based Women’s Fund said the awards will help provide young women across the state with access to teen-oriented health services, gain financial literacy to build savings accounts and explore career options in such fields as nursing and law.

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Each organization will receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $41,000 to continue efforts that enhance the economic security of women and girls across the state.


Since its formation, the Women’s Fund has invested more than $1 million in Mississippi nonprofits to advance social change and economic self-sufficiency through advocacy and strategic grant-making. This milestone is extremely important because less than 7 percent of philanthropic dollars nationwide go to programs that support women and girls, the organization says.

“The Fund’s 10th anniversary grantees represent organizations that are demonstrating transformative impact and who share in our mission—to improve the lives of women and girls in Mississippi.” said Carol Penick, executive director of the Women’s Fund.

The Women’s Fund is using the 10-year anniversary to emphasize its continued commitment to funding organizations and programs across five focus areas: access to evidence-based sex education, access to youth-friendly health services, access to youth leadership programs, and access to financial literacy and job training programs.


The 10 nonprofit organizations receiving grants are:


•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




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