State chief encourages region nonprofits

By Sandi P. Beason

Daily Journal

TUPELO – Working together is the secret to success for nonprofit groups, according to the director of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits.

Mark McCreary was guest speaker at Thursday's meeting of Northeast Mississippi Interact, a networking group of nonprofit and social service agencies.

McCreary praised the group's mission to bring nonprofit agencies together.

“There's so much you can gain by working together,” he said. “You can find out who's on each other's board, ideas for fund-raising and grant writing.”

The Mississippi Center for Nonprofits is working to compile a set of uniform documents for nonprofits to follow when completing tax information, developing bylaws, budgets and financial statements, board meeting minutes and other required information.

Providing resources

“We want to make sure nonprofits have the resources on any issues that may arise,” McCreary said.

The center has tripled the number of workshops it provides for nonprofits, and it is looking at establishing Tupelo as a primary service area, he said.

“We want Tupelo, Jackson and the Gulf Coast to be primary service points,” he said. “We want any nonprofit in the state to have access to training within 90 minutes.”

Patty Tucker, director of the Northeast Mississippi Chapter of the American Red Cross, said her agency is not a member of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits but she hopes it will be.

“He gave us a lot of good information,” she said. “He shared a lot of information … on things we as nonprofits need to hear.”

Kelli Wigginton, director of the Gardner-Simmons Home for Girls here, said the meeting was very informative.

“Our budgets are limited, but there is still a level of professionalism we have to maintain,” she said. “There are no resources to get that without the Center for Nonprofits.”