Mission, Vision & Values, History

Who we are

Since 1997 The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation (PineBelt Foundation) has been connecting community members, nonprofits and other partners to strengthen the Pine Belt region through philanthropy.  There are 750 community foundations across the country, each with one goal – to create a vital, philanthropic community withing their geographic area.  The PineBelt Community Foundation does that right here in the Pine Belt region.


Our Mission
The mission of The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation is to build better communities through philanthropy.

The PineBelt Foundation, a 501(c)(3), manages close to 200 charitable funds set up by compassionate donors who want to leave a legacy and make a difference for generations to come. Some of our endowed funds include the United Way of Southeast Mississippi (Bob James Memorial Endowment), The Association for the Rights of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities (ARC – both Hattiesburg and Jones County), DREAM, The Family YMCA (Alex Katrishin Endowment),  Southern Pines Animal Shelter (Richard C. Vreeland Endowment), Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, and The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation Endowment (set up for our own sustainability).  To see a list of all of our Funds, please click here.

Donor designated funds, donor advised funds, organizational funds, and scholarship funds established at the PineBelt Foundation truly enhance communities.

Our Vision
Our vision is to enhance the quality of life by building a permanent source of charitable dollars through generous donors. We will accomplish this by serving as a source of knowledge and expertise for donors who want to give back to the Pine Belt area and by creating collaborations of informed and inspired leaders to synergistically create quality of life programs.

Our Values:  Integrity, Trust, Stewardship, Respect, Professionalism

Our Service Area:

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The PineBelt Foundation was founded in 1997 when several community leaders acted on their vision to bring a community foundation to the Pine Belt area to help meet community needs. Since that time, the PineBelt Foundation has provided numerous grants to nonprofit organizations and has completed many community service projects, improving the quality of life across the Pine Belt.

We are among more than 750 US community foundations.  In addition, because of the flexibility and ease of use, community foundations represent one of the fastest growing areas of personal philanthropy.

2015 Annual Report

For more information please contact us at contact@PineBeltFoundation.org or call 601.583.6180.