What we Do

We believe obtaining postsecondary credentials will help Mississippians unlock their full potential, navigate and thrive in a competitive global market, and realize economic security and full engagement as empowered citizens.

To achieve this, we focus on various forms of philanthropic capital to:

Catalyzing Change in Institutions and Systems
Catalyze Change in the institutions and systems that are essential to improve postsecondary outcomes for Mississippians. Recent data shows less than one-third of Mississippi residents have attained an associate degree or higher, and less than a quarter of Mississippians have attained a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Accelerate Promising Practices
Accelerate promising practices within institutions and communities to advance postsecondary access, completion, and connection to family-sustaining work.
Promoting a Statewide Culture of High Postsecondary Aspiration
Promote a statewide culture of high postsecondary aspiration matched with high achievement, which will contribute to a Mississippi where all people can secure the training and education beyond high school that will allow them to enhance their quality of life, strengthen their communities, and contribute to a vibrant and prosperous future.
Catalyzing Change in Institutions and Systems
Catalyze Change in the institutions and systems that are essential to improve postsecondary outcomes for Mississippians. Recent data shows less than one-third of Mississippi residents have attained an Associate degree or higher, and less than a quarter of Mississippians have attained a Bachelor’s degree or higher.
Accelerate Promising Practices
Accelerate promising practices within institutions and communities to advance postsecondary access, completion, and connection to family-sustaining work.
Promoting a Statewide Culture of High Postsecondary Aspiration
Promote a statewide culture of high postsecondary aspiration matched with high achievement, which will contribute to a Mississippi where all people can secure the training and education beyond high school that will allow them to enhance their quality of life, strengthen their communities, and contribute to a vibrant and prosperous future.

Our overarching goal is to steer more low-income and other underrepresented students into these postsecondary opportunities, which can transform their lives and create strong communities. The recent Pew Research Center data on the rising cost of not going to college shows that college graduates working full-time earn about $17,500 more annually than employed young adults holding only a high school diploma.

Therefore, we support nonprofit organizations working in Mississippi around three core issues related to postsecondary training and education: access and entry, persistence and completion, and connection to family-sustaining work.

ACCESS AND ENTRY

We fund projects and programs that strengthen the pipeline between high school and postsecondary education by improving college advising, information on college options, and financial aid assistance.

PERSISTENCE AND COMPLETION

We fund efforts to increase completion rates including course completion, credit accumulation, supporting working students, transferring between institutions, and attainment of credentials with labor market relevance

CONNECTION TO FAMILY-SUSTAINING WORK

We fund initiatives that strengthen postsecondary alignment with workforce needs, build relationships with business and industry to align curricula to meet job demands, connect students with work skills, and provide learn-and-earn opportunities.