In 1997, realizing communities throughout Northeast Mississippi have
ongoing needs and special projects that would benefit from local
philanthropy, CREATE extended its endowment building efforts by
establishing the Community Affiliates program.
CREATE provides a
$100,000 challenge grant to each upstart Community Affiliate, which
must raise $200,000 in unrestricted endowed funds to receive the
grant. These endowed funds, raised and allocated by local people,
provide permanent assets to address local community needs and issues. CREATE
Foundation currently has 12 Community Affiliates at
work in their counties.
Community Affiliates are led by a
local board made up of community leaders. The Affiliate manages its own
independent grant cycle and makes local grants determined to be
important in improving the quality of life in that county. CREATEs
Community Affiliate program brings together the best thinking leadership
to meet community concerns.