MS Center for Nonprofits + MS Association of Grantmakers Merger FAQ’s

How can I learn more about The Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy (The Alliance)?

We will be providing details regarding the current and future status of The Alliance and what it means for you in a series of forthcoming emails and blogs.


What’s will become of the Mississippi Association of Grantmakers (MAG) and Mississippi Center for Nonprofits (The Center)?


MAG and The Center, long-time leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit communities, respectively, are joining forces to become a new organization structured to provide more comprehensive and robust support, training, and technical assistance to Mississippi’s nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. Together, we will be The Mississippi Alliance of Nonprofits and Philanthropy, and we will be working with a diverse range of partners to build stronger connections between the state’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities, thereby ensuring these organizations have access to the resources, information and tools they need to effectively serve their communities.


Why is this new organization being created?

MAG and The Center have worked independently to promote strong leadership and help strengthen the capacity of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to improve outcomes for children, families, and communities for nearly three decades. For the past three years, we have been strategically assessing our future and analyzing opportunities to more closely align our efforts. 

During this time we realized our work is really “two sides of the same coin.”  One side of the coin has philanthropy investing in nonprofits, in order to achieve results for children, families and communities, and on the other side of the coin there are nonprofits that are actually delivering services that benefit children, families and communities.  We concluded that there is potentially great benefit for closer working relationships and better communication between philanthropy and nonprofits, hence the creation of The Alliance.

As The Alliance, we will be combining our more than 30 years of experience to offer more services and benefits to nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in the state—creating stronger connections, providing enhanced services, and presenting more opportunities to grow and develop.


What are the benefits for nonprofits and philanthropy?

For the nonprofit community, The Alliance will offer more quality, focused, and integrated support and services to improve organizational capacity and leadership. Specifically, The Alliance will provide the nonprofit community with:

• direct access to resources, material, best practices, and other tools to support learning, growth, development, and collaboration;
• opportunities to develop and leverage relationships with other nonprofits and funders to support collaboration and identify new potential sources of funds;
• real-time data about the nonprofit sector; and
• personalized training and technical assistance based on unique organizational needs.

We also believe the formation of The Alliance will positively position Mississippi to become a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic space. As we learn and grow together, we will be able to share with our peers and colleagues in communities across the country.


Are these plans final? What additional things will happen to launch the new organization?

The establishment of the new organization is nearly complete. In early April, we will officially become The Alliance. In the weeks and months to follow, several other exciting developments will be taking place, including a move to new offices in The Landmark Center, a creative partnership with Network for Good/JumpStart, a statewide partnership with GuideStar, and launch of online training utilizing the Canvas learning management system.

Sammy Moon, currently executive director of MAG, will serve as executive director of The Alliance, bringing several decades of experience with nonprofits and philanthropy to the organization. Prior to taking on the executive director role, Sammy worked with the United Way Worldwide and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Jo G Prichard, currently Director of the MS Center for Nonprofits, will serve as associate director of The Alliance.  Jo G also brings a wealth of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic fields. He recently has worked as a consultant to multiple nonprofits across the state, and he has prior experience with the Center.


What are The Alliance’s vision, mission, and values?

Our Vision: We have effective and efficient nonprofit and philanthropic organizations throughout the state that are working together to improve the lives of the people and communities of Mississippi.

Our Mission: Our mission is to serve, build capacity, and foster collaboration in Mississippi’s nonprofit and philanthropic communities.

Our Values: Diversity and Inclusion, Transparency, Innovation, Collaboration, Use of Best Practices, and a Focus on Quality.


What does this mean for current members of either organization?

Your organizational membership with MAG or The Center will be transferred to The Alliance, affording you all of the benefits of membership you currently enjoy and a few additions that will be announced in the coming weeks.


What about your physical locations? Where will the new organization be headquartered?

Over the next three months, we will be relocating from our individual office spaces to our new, combined organizational headquarters in the Landmark Center in downtown Jackson. The new office space will include a board room and a state-of-the-art training room with videoconferencing technology to promote learning and collaboration.


Will my membership fees change?

Your membership fees will remain unchanged as the two organizations join to create The Alliance.


Will this have an impact on existing partnerships with other organizations?

Both organizations have a history of partnerships with other organizations throughout the state and region. We expect these partnerships to flourish through the new organization as we continue to build new relationships with state, regional, and national organizations that can provide support for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in Mississippi.


Who should we contact with further questions?

You can reach either Sammy Moon or Jo G Prichard at their old email addresses and phone numbers. You can reach Sammy at sammy.moon@msgrantmakers.com,  (601) 321-5540 (office) or (443) 562-6363 (cell).  You can reach Jo at jog@msnonprofits.org, (601) 968-0061 (office), or (601) 624-7395 (cell).  Going forward, we’ll make sure that you’re aware of any changes.  If changes are made, they will not affect your ability to connect with us.