LOFT is our local community foundation through which individuals, families, organizations, and corporations invest in the well-being of the community by supporting local 501(c)(3) non-profits organizations in work that improves the quality of life for all Lafayette County and Oxford residents.
Our support of local non-profits is wholly dependent on the size of our endowment, which is currently a little over $805,000. Each year, we are only permitted to use the interest from that endowment, to ensure that the endowment fund will remain intact in perpetuity. So, each year, only the earnings from the LOFT Endowment are spent in awarding grants to local non-profit organizations to assist them in specific projects that are selected through our rigorous application and review process. LOFT has awarded more than $315,000 in grants since 2005, and we take very seriously our obligation to ensure our precious resources are used in ways to provide tangible, sustainable benefits not only to those in need but to our community as a whole. We humbly ask you to join in LOFT's work with your financial support - only by growing our endowment can we ensure that we can help local non-profits to more and better work. For more information about LOFT, you can visit our website here.
Currently, we are soliciting sponsorship for our annual signature event, "Night for Non-Profits" to be held at 6:00 p.m. at the Powerhouse on August 16, 2018. The evening will showcase the good works of our twenty non-profit grant award finalists:
Memory Makers Respite Day Services of Oxford Inc.
Yoknapatawpha Arts Council
University of Mississippi School of Education
Burns Belfry Multicultural Center
First Regional Library
Oxford Civic Chorus
Living Music Resource
Health Services in Action, Inc.
Friends of Thacker Mountain Radio, Inc.
Mississippi Coats 4 Kidz
Oxford Film Festival
Mississippi Presenters' Network
Doors of Hope
Boys & Girls Club
Family Crisis Center
This year's grant award winners will be announced later in the evening. We have allocated $50,000 this year to support grant award winners, which includes a $5,000 "crowd favorite" award voted on by the attendees.
Thank you to current sponsors who have already helped us raise over $15,000 with their generous donations!
Oxford Health Care Management
Rebel Realty and Property Management
Mr. Jeff Asti and Ms. Allen Linton
Pi Kappa Alpha
FNB Oxford Bank
Tollison Law Firm
Community Partner Sponsors
A Smile 4 U
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation
Frye and Reeves Law Firm
Friends of LOFT Sponsors
Dr. and Mrs. Spencer
Dr. Marsalis and Mrs. Marsalis
Animal Care Center
Gordan Community Center
Chicken Salad Chick
No Time 2 Cook
Buffalo Wild Wings
Charter Road Hospitality, Inc.
Funky's Pizza and Daiquiri Bar
Tickets to the event are $10 and can be bought online here or at the door. Your ticket will be used as your ballot to vote for your favorite non-profit finalist. The first place "crowd favorite" will receive $5,000, while second and third place will receive $2,500 and $1,000 respectively. A $5 raffle will also be taking place that evening with a prize of a $1,500 grant given to the finalist of your choice.
Any donation will be greatly appreciated and we thank you in advance for your generous gift!