About Us

In 1997 a group of young leaders created the Community Foundation as part of their ambitious ADP leadership project. 

 

Since that time the Pinebelt Foundation has grown to over 150 funds and has distributed more than $17,000,000 throughout the Pine Belt.  By managing and growing the charitable resources of individuals and corporations, the Pinebelt Foundation enables short and long term charitable impact.

 Our Commitment 

 

We are committed to leading and partnering with our community stakeholders in a way that is respectful, transparent, and trustworthy.  We are focused on helping the pine belt of Mississippi continue to become a more equitable and prosperous community for all of its residents.

 Our Mission 

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SUPPORTING

good work and effective charities in our community that are working to solve today’s problems.

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INVESTING 

charitable resources to maximize charitable work far into the future.

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CONNECTING​​

Donors with other organizations and the entire community in conversations with leaders to expand ideas.

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LEADING 

efforts to strengthen the pine belt through grants and programming that address our most pressing issues.

 Meet the Staff 

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Mike Dixon

Executive Director

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Caroline Nurkin

Office Manager/Fund Liason

Our Current Board

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Lou Mapp (President)

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Phil Hanberry (Vice President)

Kris Powell

Brady Raanes
Brady Raanes

Brady Raanes

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Terri Bell
Terri Bell

Terri Bell

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General Buff Blount
General Buff Blount

General Buff Blount

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Mary Moore Conville
Mary Moore Conville

Mary Moore Conville

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Elizabeth Harris
Elizabeth Harris

Elizabeth Harris

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Jeff Greene
Jeff Greene

Jeff Greene

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Jeri Krebs
Jeri Krebs

Jeri Krebs

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Michael Marks
Michael Marks

Michael Marks

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Kent McCarty
Kent McCarty

Kent McCarty

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Kent Oliver
Kent Oliver

Kent Oliver

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Joe Paul
Joe Paul

Joe Paul

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Kris Powell
Kris Powell

Kris Powell

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Jennifer Payne
Jennifer Payne

Jennifer Payne

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Sean Priebe
Sean Priebe

Sean Priebe

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Ashley Read

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Neil Rogers
Neil Rogers

Neil Rogers

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Valerie Wilson
Valerie Wilson

Valerie Wilson

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Leahne Lightsey

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 Helpful Info 

FINANCIALS

Click here for our 2015 Form 990

Click here for our 2016 Form 990

Click here for our 2017 Form 990

Click here for our 2018 Form 990

Click here for our 2019 Form 990

REASONS TO PARTNER WITH THE PINEBELT FOUNDATION

The Pinebelt Foundation understands that charitable giving is always personal, and often more difficult than it looks. A fund with us gives you access to: 

  • Professional Bookkeeping

  • Required tax filings

  • Anonymous giving

  • Personal attention

  • Maximum tax benefits​

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION VS PRIVATE  FOUNDATION

Since 1997, The Pinebelt Foundation has been connecting donors to community needs. It is part of our mission to help you and your clients achieve your charitable and financial goals. As a community foundation, we offer simple and significantly tax-advantaged alternatives to a private foundation.  Here are just a few reasons why a fund at the Pinebelt Foundation might be a better option.

  • No mandatory minimum annual distributions

  • Professional administrative management included

  • Stronger tax benefits for donors

  • Option for anonymous distributions

 

Call us today if you would like to learn more about why the Pinebelt Foundation might be a better alternative to forming your own foundation.