The Mississippi Center for Nonprofits serves as the states only nonprofit resource center. For the thousands of nonprofit organizations across the state, the Center is the primary source of management training, technical information, advice, answers, coaching and connection to vital resources.
Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits to serve the people and communities of Mississippi.
Each year, the Center offers over 75 workshops each year based on our Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Management Excellence. In addition to the workshops, the Center partners with nonprofit and government agencies to provide Positioned for Progress, an annual statewide conference convening Mississippi’s social service sectors. Conference collaborators include: Mississippi Association of Grantmakers, Volunteer Mississippi (Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service), Mississippi Arts Commission, Mississippi Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Mississippi Development Authority. The Center also sponsors an annual Nonprofit Day at the Capitol.
The Center currently has nearly 300 members that employ over 1,500 people and have a network of over 10,000 volunteers. The Center also provides answers and assistance to over 3,000 calls and emails each year from nonprofits across Mississippi.
The Center was incorporated on August 18, 1992, led by the efforts of Keith Parsons, Jo G Prichard and Nathan Woodliff-Stanley. With help from a $25,000 start-up grant from the National Council of Nonprofits and funding from the Phil Hardin Foundation the center was up and running.
Since 1992, the Center has trained over 8,000 nonprofit professionals and has helped more than 1600 nonprofits open their doors to serve our Mississippi communities.
In 2010, the Center launched the Excellence in Action (EIA) initiative which is a nonprofit competencies certification program that allows nonprofit board members and employees to be certified based on Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Management Excellence. As of 2014, over 260 individuals and 50 organizations have participated in this program.