The Foundation is a Mississippi non-profit corporation formed to receive and maintain private funds to be used exclusively for education purposes. The Foundation will also provide assistance in initiating programs that demonstrate effective ways to meet student needs and increase motivation to learn. The Foundation grew out of an effort to foster a high level of cooperation and support for all schools, encompassing business/industry, local citizens, civic and social organizations, and the schools.
The Foundation was organized by the DeSoto Council as a non-profit, tax exempt corporation under Mississippi law, qualifying for a 501©(3) ruling by the IRS. Pursuant to Miss. Code 79-11-503, the Foundation is registered as a charity with the Secretary of State of Mississippi. This means that contributions to the Foundation will be tax deductible to the donor. This is the only organization in DeSoto County sanctioned by the Board of Education for tax exempt solicitation purposes.
Donations can be made to the Foundation general fund or may be designated for specific purposes by the donor. The general funds will be used for “mini-grants” to teachers, business/industry partnerships, endowments for college scholarships, teacher incentive programs, purchase of technological equipment, sponsorship of fine arts programs, faculty and student recognition, guest speakers, and other education programs. Funds will not be used for administrative costs or additional personnel to operate the Foundation Program. Those contributions for specific purposes as designated by the donor will be honored and used in the said manner. All gifts and contributions will be administered as determined by the Board of Directors.
Quality of education represents the lifeblood of any community. In order for DeSoto County to continue to grow and prosper, it is imperative that the schools offer the best educational experiences possible. As such, your investment in the schools is an investment in creativity and excellence in education, and an investment in the future of this county.