Our Story

The Mississippi Center for Nonprofits serves as Mississippi's only nonprofit designated resource and training center. For the thousands of nonprofit organizations across the state, the Center provides management training, technical information and connection to vital resources.


Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits to serve the people and communities of Mississippi.


The Center will ensure that Mississippi's nonprofit sector be considered "best in class" in the United States by providing efficient and effective services that enable Mississippi nonprofits to better fulfill their missions; by being the preeminent knowledge resource for Mississippi nonprofits through expert staff, networking, marketing and communications; by becoming the leading advocate for Mississippi's nonprofit sector; by providing abundant resources to enable the Center and its members to fulfill our missions on an extraordinary level; and to engage and inspire nonprofit organizations to strengthen their capacity to better serve the people and communities of 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 our inception, the Center has trained more than 8,000 nonprofit professionals to more efficiently serve members of their communities through direct outreach and organizational management skills. We have also helped more than 2000 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 ExcellenceDownload PDF here. As of 2015, more than 260 nonprofit leaders and staff across the state have achieved the certification.


Each year, the Center offers more than 60 statewide workshops based on best practices outlined in our Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Management Excellence.
In addition, the Center partners with nonprofit and government agencies to present community forums, webinars and conferences including, Positioned for Progress, a joint annual statewide conference that convens Mississippi’s social service sectors. Conference collaborators include: Mississippi Association of Grantmakers, Volunteer Mississippi, Mississippi Arts Commission, and The Association of Fundraising Professional. The Center also sponsors an annual Nonprofit Day at the Capitol.

The Center currently has approx. 300 members that employ over 1,500 people and have a network of over 8,000 volunteers. MS Center also provides answers and assistance to over 2,500 calls and emails each year from nonprofits across Mississippi.

Financial Information

2015-16 Annual Report

2013-14 Annual Report