Donor Designated Funds

Donors establishing a Designated Fund in their name may recommend, at the time the fund is established, that distributions from the fund be made to one or more Section 501(c)(3) public charities (i.e., not private foundations).

Bill and Cookie Prout Endowment for Christian Services, Inc.

The Bill and Cookie Prout Endowment for Christian Services, Inc. Fund was set up as a donor designated fund to benefit Christian Services, Inc. bill-_-cookie-prout_2016_web 

Camp Bluebird Fund

The Camp Bluebird Fund supports Camp Bluebird, the first camp in Mississippi for adult cancer patients and survivors. The two-and-a-half-day camp held annually at Paul B. Johnson State Park includes recreational activities, social events, devotionals, education opportunities, and sharing time. The camp’s purpose is to promote a sense of well-being among cancer survivors, to teach skills for living with cancer and cancer treatments, and to provide a time for rest and relaxation.

The Carpenter's Helper Fund

The Carpenter’s Helper Fund supports The Carpenter’s Helper.  To the best of its ability and resources, The Carpenter’s Helper corrects deficient housing conditions for persons in our immediate area who lack the resources or the physical or mental abilities to correct the problems themselves. This includes widows, widowers, the disabled and the disadvantaged with significant health problems, safety or quality of life issues. Projects are limited to single-family, owner-occupied residences. Their immediate area includes Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties or other nearby areas designated by our contributors.  Elderly and  disabled individuals’ homes are repaired, providing them safer and more sanitary living conditions. The long term impact for the homeowner includes better health, financial benefits of home weatherization and repairs and increased value of the home.

Downtown Laurel Legacy Fund

Downtown Laurel Legacy Fund supports Laurel Main Street. Laurel Main Street, whose purpose is the preservation and economic growth of Laurel’s Central Business District, is bounded at the north by 5th St., south by Carroll Gartin Boulevard, east by Front Street and west by Beacon Street.

Main Street is a unique and effective path to economic development through preservation.  Using the four-point approach of organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring, Main Street communities boost local business from the city center outward.

Click here for more information on Laurel Main Street.


Dr. Nagen Bellare Memorial Fund

The Dr. Nagen Bellare Memorial Fund supports Duke University Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) research and peri-lung transplant patients who can’t afford medical care or family housing.

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The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation Endowment Fund

Supports the operating cost of The Greater PineBelt Community Foundation.

Hanberry Family Legacy Fund

 Hanberry Family Legacy Fund supports The Greater Pinebelt Community Foundation Fund.

Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity

The Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity Fund was set up as a donor designated fund to benefit the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity. Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization committed to assisting families in need by providing the life-changing opportunity of having simple, decent, affordable housing in partnership with a team of enthusiastic volunteers and staff guided by Christian values. Click here for more information on the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity. hburg-habitat 

Joe and Nancy Forte Education Fund

Joe and Nancy Forte Education Fund was established to provide tuition assistance to students at Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Truman McKenzie Thornton Memorial Fund

 Truman McKenzie Thornton Memorial Fund is set up in memory of Truman McKenzie Thornton who passed away March 22, 2014.  Mrs. Thornton was retired as a teacher and food service director with the West Jasper School District.  Fund from this fund will support Alzheimer’s Association- MS Chapter, Homes of Hope for Children and Temple Baptist Church- Mission Fund. 

Southern Pines Animal Shelter - Richard C. Vreeland Fund

Started by Dr. Vreeland, the annual disbursement from the Vreeland Endowment is invaluable to Southern Pines Animal Shelter and is used each year to help with basic shelter operating costs. The Southern Pines Animal Shelter in an “open admission” shelter, meaning that no pet is turned away regardless of health, age, or temperament. The animal shelter houses lost pets and reunites them with their owners; finds homes for unwanted pets; educates the community about the problems of unwanted, neglected, and abused animals; and provides humane care for all animals in custody. For more information about the Southern Pines Animal Shelter, please visit

St. Fabian Building Fund

 St. Fabian Building Fund has an anonymous donor who will match any donations made to this fund up to $25,000 every year for four years.  In four years, the fund will be spent down completely for the building efforts of the new St. Fabian’s church in Sumrall, MS.