Night for Non-Profits

Our annual signature event will showcase the good works of our twenty non-profit grant award finalists and the announcement of this year's grant award winners!

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

Gordon Center

Oxford Film Festival

Theatre Oxford

Mississippi Presenters' Network

Doors of Hope

Interfaith

Boys & Girls Club

United Way

Girl Scouts

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!

Grant Sponsor

Oxford Health Care Management

Stewardship Sponsors

Rebel Realty and Property Management

Mr. Jeff Asti and Ms. Allen Linton

Pi Kappa Alpha

Dignity Period

FNB Oxford Bank

B&B Concrete

Tollison Law Firm

Community Partner Sponsors

A Smile 4 U

Rick Addy

Curtis Wilkie

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation

Frye and Reeves Law Firm

Friends of LOFT Sponsors

Swetland Cook

Neilson Co.

G2 Investments

Preston Lee

Dr. and Mrs. Spencer

Mary Butler

Davis Tools

Dr. Marsalis and Mrs. Marsalis

Animal Care Center

John Hardy

Gordan Community Center

Chicken Salad Chick

No Time 2 Cook

Saint Leo

Proud Larry's

Tallahatchie Gourmet

Wine Bar

Thacker 564

Beagle Bagel

McAllister's

Buffalo Wild Wings

Home Depot

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!

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About the Organization

Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow (LOFT)

The Lafayette Oxford Foundation for tomorrow (LOFT) is our local charitable community foundation whose mission is to improve quality of life within Oxford and Lafayette County Communities. LOFT is a non-profit, charitable organization operating as an affiliate of CREATE Foundation (Tupelo, Mississippi).

In an effort to improve quality of life for all residents of Oxford and Lafayette County, former Oxford Mayor Richard Howorth and community leaders Claiborne Barksdale and Don Fruge, Sr. partnered with the CREATE Foundation to establish an endowment for Oxford and Lafayette County. Founded in 2002, LOFT is our local community foundation through which individuals, families, organizations and corporations invest in the well-being of the community by supporting the arts and cultural, civic, educational, health and human services, and municipal activities that improve the quality of life for all Lafayette County and Oxford residents.

The LOFT Endowment is a “savings” account that belongs to residents of Oxford and Lafayette County in perpetuity. The LOFT Board of Directors...

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