The mission of Disability Rights Mississippi is to promote, protect and advocate for the legal and human rights of all people with disabilities, and to assist them with full inclusion in home, community, education and employment.
Disability Rights Mississippi (DRMS) is a private, non-profit corporation with a federal mandate to protect and advocate for the rights of individuals with disabilities across the state of MS. DRMS has been providing advocacy services for almost thirty years, free of charge, to Mississippians with disabilities and has helped improve the lives of thousands of our state’s most vulnerable population by championing their rights. DRMS is the only disability advocacy agency in MS that has attorneys on staff to pursue legal remedies if necessary. The mission of DRMS is to promote, protect and advocate for the legal and human rights of all persons with disabilities and to assist them with full inclusion in home, community, education and employment.
Accommodations in the classroom; Employment Accessibility and Benefits; Medicaid Rights; Increased Community-Based Services and Supports; Equal Access to the Electoral Process; Fiscal Responsibility of Policy Makers; Accessible Transportation; Affordable and Accessible Housing.
In 1995, Brett and Deanna began their charity outreach by donating to 501c3 agencies providing support and services to disadvantaged and disabled children in Mississippi and Wisconsin. In 2005, after Deanna completed her treatment for breast cancer, the Favres extended their mission statement to include supporting organizations providing financial aid for breast cancer patients.
Since the inception of the Foundation, over $7 million dollars has been donated to charities in Wisconsin and Mississippi. The Favre 4 Hope Foundation does not solicit grant applications but instead has chosen to partner with several charities.
The Gulf Coast Business Council engages top executives of businesses – large and small – to be the united voice on public policy issues important to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, to serve as a facilitating organization and help develop future leaders.
The Gulf Coast Community Foundation (GCCF) is a non-profit public charity that has been serving the people of South Mississippi since 1989 when a group of concerned citizens saw the need for a public education foundation.
Funded by a seed grant of $30,000 from Mississippi Power Company, the Foundation received a $75,000 challenge grant from the Phil Hardin Foundation of Meridian in January 1991. Gifts from the Knight Foundation, Bell South, Hancock Bank, and the Sibyl C. Knoth Memorial Trust followed soon after, and the decision was made to expand the focus of the Foundation to address other community needs.
As a result, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation was established as a 501(c)(3). GCCF is a vehicle for charitable giving, an instrument through which individuals, companies, and non-profit organizations and foundations can make charitable gifts to benefit South Mississippi.
The Foundation’s primary mission is to increase philanthropy by making grants to worthy causes, providing donor services and promoting and providing leadership in response to the community’s changing needs. The Foundation meets this mission by developing and managing a comprehensive base of funds, currently totaling over $50,000,000. These funds represent an expanding pool of charitable dollars, committed to meeting the needs of the people of South Mississippi.
In 2009, the Foundation will celebrate 20 years of grant making. In these 20 years, we have made grants totaling more than $16,000,000 in support of programs in the areas of education, the arts, social welfare, health, historic preservation and neighborhood enrichment. More than $25,000,000 has been granted to non-profits for Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery.
Donors to the Foundation include individuals, families, corporations, private foundations, agencies and other organizations. They have placed their trust in our ability to manage their contributions wisely, and to make charitable awards in a careful and responsible manner. The Foundation pools all gifts in a common investment fund, much like a mutual fund, with each donor holding a percentage of the total portfolio. This pooling of contributions permits low management fees and a diversified portfolio.
The Foundation’s funds are invested on the advice of the Investment Committee, composed of individuals with expertise in the fields of investment, financial consulting, estate planning and accounting. All funds are invested for a sound combination of growth and income, in portfolios of equity securities, fixed-income securities, and short-term (cash) investments.
GCEIC was established in 1997 to offer services for Mississippi Gulf Coast school districts. There are currently 24 member school districts serving over 105,000 students and 5,000 educators. GCEIC believes enhancing the learning opportunities for students will improve student performance, which provides for a well-trained workforce, attracts new industry, retains existing industry, and benefits all sectors of the community.
To establish education as the top priority for improving quality of life for the citizens of the member districts.
The GCEIC will serve the member districts by influencing decision-makers, providing professional learning and technology opportunities, and collaborating with higher education, business and industry, and other groups and agencies to enhance the teaching and learning opportunities for our students.