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SoS: Be careful with charitable donations

JACKSON — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is reminding Mississippians to be smart with their donated dollars this Christmas by checking their charity with the Secretary of State’s Office. “The holidays bring out the best in most people,” says Hosemann. “Unfortunately, it can bring out the worst in some, as well.” Each year, the Secretary of State’s Office publishes “Report ...

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Foundation gives $4M to USM for new dormitory

HATTIESBURG — A private foundation is giving $4 million to the University of Southern Mississippi for a new dormitory. The university announced that it is receiving the gift from the Luckyday Foundation, a group established by Jackson banker Frank Day before he died in 1999. The $4 million will be used to build Luckyday Citizenship Hall, which will be part ...

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Top 400 charities see billions less in donations

WASHINGTON — A new ranking of the nation’s 400 biggest charities shows donations dropped by 11 percent overall last year as the Great Recession ended – the worst decline in 20 years since the Chronicle of Philanthropy began keeping a tally. The Philanthropy 400 report to be released Monday shows such familiar names as the United Way and the Salvation ...

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BancorpSouth donates land to Habitat for Humanity

TUPELO — Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis recently received a land donation of 29 acres from BancorpSouth for the Lake Las Cruces neighborhood in Raleigh. Memphis Habitat purchased 44 developed lots in the area from BancorpSouth earlier this year with federal monies awarded through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, and BancorpSouth donated the adjoining undeveloped 29 acres for future Habitat ...

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Charity to appeal Hosemann's order

WAVELAND — The Secretary of State’s Office has cited a Waveland charity for a list of violations of the state’s charitable solicitations laws. The state also said the charity allowed Kathleen Johnson, who had previously been convicted of felony financial crimes, to have virtual control over the charity’s financial and day-to-day operations. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said the state ...

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Hosemann alleges Coast charity violating law

WAVELAND — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has issued a summary cease and desist order on Waveland Citizens Fund for violating the Mississippi Charitable Solicitations Act. The Secretary of State’s Office has alleged the Waveland Citizens Fund: • Provided false or misleading statements on documents filed with the Secretary of State’s Office by representing Kathleen Johnson as a “volunteer,” even ...

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Chevron gives $1.25M to nonprofit organizations

PASCAGOULA — Chevron Products Company announced “Energy for Learning” donations totaling $1.25 million to be distributed between two non-profit organizations active in Mississippi: EXCEL BY 5, an early childhood community certification program; and, the National Audubon Society in its efforts to develop the Pascagoula River Audubon Center. “Today, Chevron is continuing the journey in its support of education-based initiatives,” said ...

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Report: Oil spill to have huge impact on charitable giving

DALLAS — The current gulf coast oil spill will have a profound impact on charitable giving until at least 2012, according to data from PhilanthroDEX, an online U.S. charitable giving index and forecasting product. The loss of charitable gifts is forecast to be $200 to $300 million in 2010 and as much as $600 million in 2011. However, the total ...

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Wells Fargo tops United Way donor list

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Wells Fargo became the largest employee campaign in the entire U.S. for United Way, based on 2009 campaign results and rankings recently finalized by United Way Worldwide. Wells Fargo team members pledged a record $41.9 million through their annual Community Support and United Way Campaign — a 21 percent increase over the 2008 combined Wells Fargo and ...

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Food bank opens new endowment fund

JACKSON — The Mississippi Food Network, Mississippi’s only food bank, has opened an endowment fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson. Doug Boone, President and CEO of the Community Foundation, said, “We’re delighted to welcome the Mississippi Food Network as our newest Nonprofit Partner. Establishing an endowment fund shows that the organization is committed to ensuring that its work ...

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