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SOAR is a community foundation that raises funds to build a permanent endowment for all the communities in Oktibbeha County and distributes the earnings to community organizations and projects based upon local needs.
SOAR stands for Starkville/Oktibbeha Achieving Results and was established in 2002 as an affiliate with CREATE, a 43-year-old public, charitable, community foundation. SOAR’s endowment fund is invested and managed by CREATE, but a local board of directors retains control over the money used for grants for projects aimed at benefiting the entire county.
SOAR has given almost $143,000 back by awarding grants to 30 different organizations and projects in Starkville and other communities in Oktibbeha County since 2005. And that’s what your SOAR Community Fund is all about…
1. SOAR provides an opportunity for individuals, families, organizations, and businesses to give back to their community.
2. It builds a permanent endowment…a “community savings account”.
3. SOAR spends the investment earnings only for grants and...