Joan Bailey 2003
Susan Shands Jones 2004
Nancy Gilbert 2005
Jean Medley 2006
Geraldine Brookins 2007
Claudia Hauberg 2008
Jan Taylor 2009
Judy Wiener 2010
Seetha Srinivasan 2011
LoRose Moore 2012
Kathleen O’Beirne 2014
Elta Johnston 2015
Julieta Mendez 2017
Kim Burke 2018
Susan Phillips 2019
Vonda Reeves 2020
The Women’s Foundation of Mississippi began as a field-of-interest fund within the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson.
Inaugural Power of the Purse
The first Power of the Purse event, an informative session on how women could get involved in philanthropy, was hosted.
The Community Foundation officially launched the Women’s Fund.
The Fund hosted several new events, including the first Lunch and Learn, Change by Design, and Dining by Fireflies
International Women’s Day in Mississippi
Former governor Haley Barbour declared March 8th “International Women’s Day” in Mississippi.
First Executive Directcor
Carol Penick appointed as the first Executive Director.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation funding
W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded The Fund a two-year, $375,500 capacity-building grant to support future endeavors.
The Fund officially separated from the Community Foundation of Greater Jackson and became an independent, statewide organization.
Teen Pregnancy Focus
The Foundation committed to addressing proper sex education and teen pregnancy, and released an informational packet on the cost of teen pregnancy in Mississippi.
Partnership for Women’s Prosperity
The Foundation joined the Partnership for Women’s Prosperity (PWP), an organization focused on supporting economically vulnerable women by providing opportunities in education, job training, and employment.
Fact Not Fiction
The Foundation launched Fact Not Fiction, a website and statewide advertising campaign with the goal of lowering Mississippi’s rate of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).
The Foundation’s endowment was valued at $1 million, and it awarded $235,000 in grants.
The Foundation implemented the Two-Generation model, awarding grants to community colleges throughout Mississippi.
The Foundation worked with the Community College Board to pass Senate Bill 2563, which requires community colleges to address the needs of women.
David & Lucile Packard Foundation Funding
The Foundation continued to gain recognition locally and nationally, receiving a $1 million grant from the Packard Foundation.
Carol Penick announced her retirement after serving as the Executive Director of the Foundation for 9 years.
Tracy DeVries became the new Executive Director of the Women’s Foundation, effective January 1, 2017.
New Research Released
The Foundation released research on women’s access to quality jobs in Mississippi showing that closing the wage gap between similar men and women workers would cut the poverty rate in Mississippi BY HALF.
She’s on Board
The Foundation hosted its first annual “She’s on Board” training seminar where more than 130 women received board governance training.