Donor Advised Funds (DAFs), one of the most popular funds, are a convenient and flexible tool for individuals, families, businesses, or groups who want to be personally involved in recommending grants made possible by their fund.
Donors establishing a DAF are encouraged to make recommendations regarding distributions from the fund for specific charitable purposes or to one or more charitable organizations. However, all distributions from a DAF are subject to the PineBelt Foundation’s variance power and spending policy.
The donor advised fund is a perfect vehicle for individuals who haven’t decided on a specific charity. You can set up a fund, get an immediate tax deduction for the gift (cash, stock, property), and postpone the decision regarding which nonprofit to give it to until they are ready. Discover the benefits of Donor Advised and Donor Designated funds here.
Angel Heart Fund
Anonymous Fund 6
Aubrey K. & Ella G. Lucas Donor Advised Fund
Big Al Jefferson Charitable Fund
Bob and Lee Wood-Hote Walthall County Enhancement Fund
Robert (Bob) J. Hote was born and raised in New Orleans. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Navy. He spent his career working offshore for Chevron which also enabled him to enjoy salt water fishing. In addition, Bob was an avid Saints and LSU fan.
Lee Ethel Wood was raised in the Kirklin community of Walthall County. Because of Southern tradition and having double names, she was often called Lee-ett. Her father John Quincy Wood had 11 brothers and sisters and her mother Mary (Mollie) Ard Wood also had 11 siblings. Lee had 127 FIRST cousins and 13 brothers and sisters.
Family and heritage were important to both Bob and Lee. Although their residence was in New Orleans they returned to “The Country” many times a year to be with friends and family. In their later years they became Uncle Bob and Aunt Lee to many.
This fund will help support various nonprofit organizations in Walthall County at the discretion of the donor.
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The Center for Encouraging Pastors Endowment
Community Partners Fund
Donnell Family Fund
Don Suber Fund
Compassion and concern move many to choose a ribbon and wear it. “There is no shortage of worthy endeavors as we learned early,” said Melissa Hanberry, mother of Maggie. “Our family has benefitted from the services of the Children’s Cancer Center at Batson’s Children’s Hospital, the Ronald McDonald House of Mississippi, Make-A-Wish among others. We began to prayerfully consider exactly which outlet would be the perfect fit. Our prayers were answered in an unusual way.”
When 12 year old, and fellow Temple Baptist Church member Gracie Deans heard about Maggie’s diagnosis, she was moved to do more than pray as her father asked her to do. She immediately thought of her “Giving Jar” and the money she had saved to help others. The Dean’s allowance system for their children includes three coffee cans labeled “give,” “save,” and “spend.” When they get their allowance for doing chores, they give 10% to the “give” can and divide the rest between “save” and “spend.”
When Gracie heard Maggie had cancer, God put it on her heart to give something to help. She knew that she had $40 in her “spend” can. That Sunday she was planning to give the $40 to the Hanberry’s to help pay for Maggie’s treatment. She brought the $40 along with her tithe in the “give” can. She gave her tithe to the church, and after the service she and her Dad found Phil Hanberry and gave him the $40.
The Hanberry’s were so touched by the sweet and generous gesture, that they decided that day that Gracie’s gift would do more than benefit Maggie. It would be multiplied and used to help other children. In honor of Gracie and Maggie, the Giving Grace Fund was established at the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation. “It seemed most fitting to choose two beneficiaries, one nearest to each girl’s heart,” said Phil Hanberry.
Gracie is no stranger to helping other kids. In addition to her “Giving Jar” money, she freely gives of her own possessions. She once saved her own money to buy a new dress only to give it to a girl living at Homes of Hope who told her how much she liked it. Because of Gracie’s interest in Homes for Hope, this organization will be one of the beneficiaries from the Giving Grace fund. Homes of Hope of Mississippi provides homes for boys and girls who are in need of a stable, loving environment. They are located in Purvis, MS.
Maggie is undergoing treatment at the Children’s Cancer Center (3C) at Batson Children’s Hospital. The Center currently has 800 children in some phase of treatment (active or follow-up). Many are from low-income homes, while others have limited resources due to the enormous cost of fighting the particular disease afflicting them. The 3C is the charity chosen by Maggie to benefit from the Giving Grace fund.
With Gracie providing the example and Maggie providing the inspiration, the Giving Grace fund is set to provide help to children in life threatening or life altering situations. Several people have already matched Gracie’s gift.
The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation Endowment Fund
Guidroz Family Fund
Howards Alms Fund
J Lavon Smith Donor Advised Fund
Jones Companies Charitable Fund
Joseph Mercier Catholic Education Fund
Father Mercier – Catholic Education Fund
The Joseph Mercier – Catholic Education Fund supports Sacred Heart School in Hattiesburg, MS by providing financial assistance to students & funding for specific projects that benefit the students of Sacred Heart School.
About Joseph Mercier
Msgr. Joseph C. Mercier, a native of Hattiesburg, graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1944. After two years in the US Navy, he began his seminary training for the priesthood at St. Joseph Seminary in St. Benedit, LA. After four years, he continued his training at the North American College in Rome, Italy & attended Philosophy & Theology classes at the Gregorian University. He was ordained a priest at the Church of the Twelve Apostles in Rome for the Diocese of Natchez on July 17, 1955. After returning to Mississippi in June 1956, he served as assistant pastor at St. Mary parish, Jackson; Sacred Heart parish, Pascagoula; St. John the Evangelist parish, Gulfport; & Sacred Heart parish, Dedeaux. He then served as pastor of Christ the King & Holy Family parishes in Jackson; Sacred Heart parish, Pascagoula; St. John the Evangelist parish, Gulfport; & Sacred Heart parish, Dedeaux. Msgr. Mercier also served the Catholic community in numerous roles during his 55 years as a priest. He has been involved in the education of Catholic youth as he taught in three Catholic high schools throughout Mississippi. Most of his assignments were parishes, which included Catholic schools. While he served at Sacred Heart parish in Hattiesburg, he also served the Catholic students at the University of Southern Mississippi as chaplain of the Newman Club on campus. He also served on the Diocesan Board of Consultors, Clergy Council, Diocesan Liturgical Commission, Personnel Board, Synodal Examiner, & Parish Priest Consultor. While at Sacred Heart parish, Dedeaux, he was the Priest Director of the Cursillo Movement of South Mississippi & Lay Retreats. Although now retired, his ministry with the Cursillo Movement of South Mississippi & his availability to help out at parishes while other priests go on vacation or retreats keep him active in the diocesan community. He also continues to be interested in the education of Catholic youth.
About Sacred Heart Catholic School
Sacred Heart Catholic School (SHCS) is one of the oldest existing schools in Hattiesburg & the largest school in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Biloxi. First opened in 1900, Sacred Heart Catholic School has been a cornerstone of the Catholic community as well as downtown Hattiesburg for over 110 years. The school educates over 700 students from preschool through twelfth grade. Thanks to the generosity of generations of Sacred Heart Parishioners, who continue to value Catholic education, SHCS has continued to grow & expand over the years.
If you would like to honor Monsignor Joseph Mercier, please consider giving to the Joseph Mercier – Catholic Education Fund & helping support the activities, students, & growth of Sacred Heart Catholic School.