Member Groups

Join usMississippi ARC is a statewide coalition of progressive service and advocacy groups. At this time, we have more than 50 groups in our alliance. If you are interested in joining, please click here and fill out a membership form.

Action Communication and Education Reform, Inc.

307 Main Street
Duck Hill, MS 38925

Mission: To encourage individuals to become involved in the decision-making process of their communities and schools to bring about positive social change.

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CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Mississippi

11975 Seaway Road Suite A-320
Gulfport, MS 39503-6088
228-206-1151 (Fax)

Mission: CASA Mississippi seeks to promote awareness of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) programs in the state and to collaborate with participating organizations in the areas of training, leadership development, policy and legislative work and connection to resources in each community.

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Catholic Charities, Inc.

Catholic Charities Jackson
200 North Congress, Suite 100
Jackson, Mississippi 39201

Mission: The mission of Catholic Charities is to be a visible sign of Christ's love. Their focus is to provide quality direct services, education, and advocacy. Services are offered regardless of faith, race, gender, or age.

+ Go to the Catholic Charities Jackson website

Children's Defense Fund

2659 Livingston Road
Suite 200
Jackson, MS 39213
Tel: (601) 321-1966
Fax: (601) 321-8736

Mission: The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a non-profit child advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for over 35 years to ensure a level playing field for all children.

+ Go to the Children's Defense Fund website

Cleveland Youth Council

The Cleveland Youth Council, Inc
P.O. Box 1122
Cleveland, MS. 38732

Mission: To establish a diverse group of young people making a difference in their community and beyond!

+ Go to the Cleveland Youth Council website

Delta Center for Culture and Learning

The Delta Center
Box 3152
Delta State University
Cleveland, MS 38733

Mission: To promote the understanding of the history and culture of the Mississippi Delta and its significance to the rest of the world.

+ Go to the Delta Center for Culture and Learning website

Delta Health Alliance

Delta Health Alliance
P.O. Box 277
Stoneville, MS 38776
662-686-3522 (Fax)

Mission: The mission of the Delta Health Alliance is to improve the health of the men, women, and children who make the Mississippi Delta their home.

+ Go to the Delta Health Alliance website

Education Service Foundation

2600 Lakeland Terrace
Jackson, MS 39216

Mission: ESF was created in 1995 to make certain that Mississippi students have access to higher education. Services are offered in our college planning center in Jackson and in workshops throughout the state.

+ Go to the Education Service Foundation website

Enterprise Corp. of the Delta/Mississippi Economic Policy Center

Mississippi Economic Policy Center
4 Old River Place
Jackson, MS 39202
(601) 944-4174
(601) 944-0808 (Fax)

Mission: The Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC) engages in rigorous, accessible and timely analysis to inform the policy debate on issues that affect the economic and social well being of working families and low-wealth Mississippians. An independent, nonpartisan initiative, MEPC is managed by the Enterprise Corporation of the Delta (ECD), a regional financial institution and community development intermediary dedicated to strengthening communities, building assets and improving lives in economically distressed areas in the Mid South.

+ Go to the Enterprise Corp. of the Delta/Mississippi Economic Policy Center website

Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi

Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi
PO Box 23107
Jackson, MS 39225-3107
(P) 601 948 5954
(F) 601 354 3401

+ Go to the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi website

Equity and Inclusion Campaign

1610 O.C. Haley Blvd Suite B
New Orleans, LA 70113

Mission: The Equity and Inclusion Campaign is a nonpartisan coalition of local, regional and national activists, organizations and community members advocating for structural solutions to confront persistent poverty and inequity across the three Gulf Coast states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. The vision for the Equity and Inclusion Campaign is to establish sustainable Gulf Coast communities characterized by economic, social and environmental fairness. The Campaign is working to effect systemic change so that all people are included, valued and empowered.

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Fannie Lou Hamer Institute (Jackson State University)

The Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute
on Citizenship and Democracy
Jackson State University, Box 17081
1400 John R. Lynch Street
Jackson, MS 39217

Mission: Founded in 1997, the mission of the Fannie Lou Hamer National Institute on Citizenship and Democracy is to promote positive social change by examining the tools and experiences of those who struggle to create, expand, and sustain civil rights, social justice, and citizenship.

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Fathers Active in Their Hoods, Inc.

Fathers Active In Their Hoods, Inc.
P.O. BOX 685
Tougaloo, MS 39174
(601) 307-4131

Mission: Fathers Active In Their Hoods (FAITH), Inc. is an organization designed to improve the quality of life for young men. We hope to improve their chances of success by encouraging them towards success in education, emphasizing the importance of morals, values, ethics, and spirituality, and by empowering them to become socially and economically responsible for there society.

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Foundation for the Mid-South

134 East Amite Street
Jackson, MS 39201
601.355.6499 (Fax)

Mission: To invest in the people and strategies that build philanthropy and promote racial, social, and economic equity in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

+ Go to the Foundation for the Mid-South website

Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life

Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life
P.O. Box 16528
Jackson, MS 39236
(601) 362-6357
(601) 366-6293 (Fax)

Mission: The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) is dedicated to providing educational and rabbinic services to Southern Jewish communities, documenting and preserving the rich history of the Southern Jewish experience, and promoting a Jewish cultural presence throughout a thirteen state region.

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Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence

PO Box 333
Biloxi, MS 39533
(228) 436-3809
(228) 374-4031
(228) 435-0513 (Fax)

Mission: To support and serve victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and family members of homicide victims; educate the community; and to act to reduce incidences of violence.

+ Go to the Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence website

Keep Jackson Beautiful

2906 North State Street, Suite 212
Jackson, Mississippi 39216
601-366-8718 (fax)

Mission: Keep Jackson Beautiful, Inc. works to stimulate a will in our citizens to take individual responsibility for improving the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Our goal is to build and maintain a cleanliness ethic that eliminates littering, encourages recycling, protects the future of our urban forests, and fosters the beautification of public spaces.

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PO Box 23815
Jackson, MS 39225-3815
601-352-7520 (Fax)

Mission: A faith based organization, LESM serves to bring dignity, healing, hope and encouragement to all people. LESM seeks to fulfill its mission by providing a wide range of programs and services for at-risk families and children in Mississippi. We offer programs and services in transformative case management; disaster preparedness, relief and recovery; children’s enrichment education; and, restorative justice.

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Main Street Association

The Electric Building
308 East Pearl Street, Suite 101
Jackson, MS 39201
601-353-3469 (fax)

Mission: The mission of the Mississippi Main Street Association is to provide leadership, guidance and counsel to Mississippi Main Street communities through organization, promotion, design and economic development to make our cities and towns better places to work, live and play.

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Margaret Walker Alexander Center

P.O. Box 17008
Jackson, MS 39217
601-979-5929 (Fax)

Mission: Both an archive and museum, the Alexander Center is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, and dissemination of 20th Century African-American history and culture.

+ Go to the Margaret Walker Alexander Center website

Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute

15 SW Colorado Suite 310
Bend, Oregon 97702

Mission: Our Mission is to impact future generations in successfully leading and developing positive change through cultivated learning, generating new solutions, and promoting civic engagement.

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Mission Mississippi

PO Box 22655
Jackson, MS 39225
601-353-6478 (fax)

Mission: To encourage and demonstrate unity in the Body of Christ across racial and denominational lines so that communities throughout Mississippi can better understand the gospel message.

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Mississippi ACLU

ACLU Of Mississippi
PO Box 2242
Jackson, MS 39225

Mission: To defend the inalienable human rights and freedoms of everyone in Mississippi through litigation, advocacy, public education and community organizing.

+ Go to the Mississippi ACLU website

Mississippi Action for Community Education, Inc. (MACE)

119 South Theobald Street
Greenville, MS 38701
662-334-2939 (Fax)

Mission: The Mission of Mississippi Action for Community Education, Inc. is to empower African Americans, poor and disadvantaged citizens within its service area by developing their individual and collective capacities to effect social and economic change and improvements within their lives and communities. Believing that leadership development is the foundation on which all other development takes place, MACE seeks to develop leaders at all levels of society and the institutions through which these leaders can effectively represent and serve their constituencies. MACE pursues its mission by using a holistic approach to community development that serves as a catalyst for change in helping people help themselves; as well as, establishing and maintaining viable linkages with its affiliates, other organizations and individuals with similar interests and goals.

+ Go to the Mississippi Action for Community Education, Inc. (MACE) website

Mississippi Center for Education Innovation

Mississippi Center for Education Innovation
200 South Lamar Street, Ste. 100-S
Jackson, MS 39201

+ Go to the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation website

Mississippi Center for Justice

Mississippi Center for Justice
5 Old River Place, Suite 203 (39202)
P. O. Box 1023
Jackson, MS 39215-1023
Phone: (601) 352-2269
Fax: (601) 352-4769

Mission: The Mississippi Center for Justice is a nonprofit, public interest law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice. Supported and staffed by attorneys, community leaders and volunteers, the Center develops and pursues strategies to combat discrimination and poverty statewide.

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Mississippi Center for Nonprofits

921 N. President Street, Suite C
Jackson, Mississippi, 39202
601-352-8820 (Fax)

Mission: The Mississippi Center for Nonprofits is the state's only nonprofit center. Our mission is to strengthen the capacity of nonprofits to serve the people and communities of Mississippi. For the thousands of nonprofit organizations across the state, the Center is the primary source of management training, technical information, advice, answers, coaching and connection to vital resources.

+ Go to the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits website

Mississippi Coalition for the Prevention of Schoolhouse to Jailhouse

1072 West Lynch Street, Suite 10
Jackson, MS 39203
601-961-0496 (Fax)

Mission: The MS Coalition for the Prevention of Schoolhouse to Jailhouse is an intergenerational alliance of more than 65 statewide and local organizations formed in 2003 across traditional barriers of race and class to dismantle the pipeline from schoolhouse to jailhouse and promote positive behavior intervention strategies to keep students in school.

Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities

5 Old River Place, Suite 101
Jackson, MS 39202
601-709-0250 (fax)

Mission: It is the mission of the Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life for children, adolescents and adults with disabilities and their families and empower these individuals to reach for their full potential in every aspect of life and to be a voice for families, advocates, consumers and professional representing the interests and needs of people with disabilities.

+ Go to the Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities website

Mississippi First

P.O. Box 1159
Jackson, MS 39215-1159

Mission: To advocate for the best public policy solutions and to revitalize Mississippi's democracy.

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Mississippi Health Advocacy Program

800 N.President St.
Jackson, MS 39202
601.353.0329 (Fax)

Mission: The Mississippi Health Advocacy Program (MHAP) strives to be a strong, effective voice for improved health care for all throughout the state of Mississippi, especially those whose health is threatened by poverty, racism, malnutrition and violence. MHAP will work with communities to identify health needs and formulate strategies for change, and will research, analyze, propose and promote policies that will enhance the health status of every person, regardless of financial status.

+ Go to the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program website

Mississippi Innocence Project

Mississippi Innocence Project
P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677-1848
(P) 662-915-5207

Mission: The Mississippi Innocence Project is committed to providing the highest quality legal representation to its clients: Mississippi state prisoners serving significant periods of incarceration who have cognizable claims of wrongful conviction. In addition, the Project seeks to identify and address systemic problems in the criminal justice system and to develop initiatives designed to raise public and political awareness of the prevalence, causes and societal costs of wrongful convictions.

+ Go to the Mississippi Innocence Project website

Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative

PO Box 204
Biloxi, MS 39533-0204
Tel: (228) 669-4827
Fax: (228) 436-6605

Mission: MLICCI is a statewide organization of parents, providers, & community leaders working together to: improve the quality of child care for all Mississippi's low-income children; advocate for better policies and greater public investment in child care subsidies; build a strong, grassroots constituency for the working poor and their children.

+ Go to the Mississippi Low Income Child Care Initiative website

Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition

P.O. Box 3442
Jackson, MS 39207

Mission: The mission of the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition is to ensure that all students have a safe learning environment by protecting students’ constitutional rights, ending homophobia, transphobia, sexism, and all forms of discrimination, and fostering acceptance of students regardless of their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity through public education and advocacy.

+ Go to the Mississippi Safe Schools Coalition website

Mississippi United Methodist Conference

321 Mississippi Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Telephone: 601.354.0515
Toll-Free: 866.647.7486

Mission: The Mississippi Annual Conference is part of The United Methodist Church. With more than 9.8 million members worldwide, The United Methodist Church is governed by a General Conference that meets every four years. The annual and central conferences elect delegates to the General Conference.

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Mississippi Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement

P. O. Box 20978
Jackson, MS 39289
601-979-1520 (Office)
601-979-5929 (Fax)

Mission: Desire to help provide leadership as practitioners, counselors or mentors in the ongoing pursuit of human rights.

+ Go to the Mississippi Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement website

Mississippi Youth Justice Project

SPLC Mississippi Youth Justice Project
921 N. President Street, Suite B
Jackson, MS 39202
601-948-8885 (Fax)
800-597-9583 (Toll Free)

Mission: The SPLC Mississippi Youth Justice Project is working to break the cycle of juvenile incarceration by making juvenile justice and education systems more responsive to the needs of children, families and the communities in which they live. We seek reform through public education, community organizing, litigation, legislative advocacy, training and technical assistance.

+ Go to the Mississippi Youth Justice Project website

Mississippians for Fair Lending Coalition

5 Old River Place, Suite 203 (39202)
P. O. Box 1023
Jackson, MS 39215-1023
(601) 352-2269
(601) 352-4769 (Fax)

Mission: Create a more equitable lending environment by implementing statewide policy that caps percentage rates of loans at 36 percent. Implement a database of borrower information to ensure that individuals are not unfairly targeted for multiple loans. Engage banks and other lending institutions in the development and implementation of accessible loan products.

+ Go to the Mississippians for Fair Lending Coalition website

Moving Forward Gulf Coast, Inc.

620 Oak Harbor Blvd., Ste. 203
Slidell, Louisiana 70458
985.643.6118 (Fax)

Mission: Moving Forward Gulf Coast, Inc. envisions stronger Gulf Coast communities of Color with sustained civic engagement around the protection of human rights. Our mission is to build civic potential in Gulf Coast Communities of Color. We build civic potential by providing innovative programs and services aimed at informing communities and rooted in community power.

+ Go to the Moving Forward Gulf Coast, Inc. website

NAACP - Winston County Chapter

200 Stockyard Rd.
Louisville, MS 39339-3123

+ Go to the NAACP - Winston County Chapter website

National Urban League

Urban League of Greater Jackson
2310 Highway 80, West Building 1, Suite E
Jackson, MS 39204
CEO: Willie Cole - Executive Director
CEO Email:

Mission: The mission of the Urban League movement is to enable African Americans to secure economic self-reliance, parity, power and civil rights.

+ Go to the National Urban League website

Operation Shoestring

The Ellen Harris Center
1711 Bailey Avenue
PO Box 11223
Jackson, MS 39283-1223

Mission: Through the leadership of certified and passionate teachers, Operation Shoestring provides tutoring, literacy development, and cultural arts instruction. Led by certified teachers, it offers neighborhood children a safe harbor after school and during the summer, while helping parents to stay at work with the assurance that their children are receiving quality supervision and care.

+ Go to the Operation Shoestring website

Parents for Public Schools – Greater Jackson

Parents for Public Schools – Greater Jackson
200 North Congress Street, Suite 500
Jackson, MS 39201

Mission: We hope to attain excellent schools in the Greater Jackson area by engaging and building the capacity of parents to advocate for and affect change in schools and school systems.

+ Go to the Parents for Public Schools – Greater Jackson website

Philadelphia Coalition

The Philadelphia Coalition
P.O. Box 330
Philadelphia MS 39350

Mission: The Philadelphia Coalition is a multiracial group of concerned local citizens that was formed around a call for justice in the case of three civil rights workers.

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Phil Hardin Foundation

2750 North Park Drive
Meridian, MS 39305
601-483-5665 (fax)

Mission: To improve the education of Mississippians.

+ Go to the Phil Hardin Foundation website

Planned Parenthood Southeast

6111 Hwy 49, Ste. 119
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
601-268-1222 (fax)

Mission: Planned Parenthood's mission is to ensure that every child is a wanted child and to protect reproductive health by providing comprehensive, medically-accurate sex education and quality health care, while advocating for the reproductive rights of women, men and families.

+ Go to the Planned Parenthood Southeast website

Public Policy Center of Mississippi

PO Box 55649
Jackson, MS 39296
601-949-7080 (Fax)

Mission: The Public Policy Center of Mississippi is a nonprofit corporation founded in 2001 to connect the strengths of disadvantaged people to systemic problems through policy analysis, organizing, advocacy, and programming.

+ Go to the Public Policy Center of Mississippi website

Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth

860 East River Place, Suite 104
Jackson, MS 39202
601-354-0983 (p)
601-352-8638 (Fax)

Mission: In response to the love of Christ, Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, Inc. serves and equips vulnerable children and youth, assisting them in the process of becoming self-sufficient and contributing members of society.

+ Go to the Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth website

Southern Echo

1350 Livingston Lane, Suite C
Jackson, MS 39213

Mission: Southern Echo is a leadership development, education and training organization working to develop effective accountable grassroots leadership in the African-American communities in rural Mississippi and the surrounding region through comprehensive training and technical assistance programs.

+ Go to the Southern Echo website

Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership

One Research Boulevard, Suite 104
Starkville, MS 39759
(662) 325-8409
(662) 325-6823 (Fax)

Mission: The Stennis Center's congressional mandate is to attract young people to careers in public service, to provide training for leaders in or likely to be in public service, and to offer training and development opportunities for senior congressional staff, Members of Congress, and other public service leaders. Products of the Stennis Center include conferences, seminars, special projects, and leadership development programs.

+ Go to the Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership website

Stennis Institute of Government (Mississippi State University)

The John C. Stennis Institute of Government
Mississippi State University
Post Office Drawer LV
Mississippi State, MS 39762
(662) 325-3328
(662) 325-3772 (Fax)

Mission: The Institute is often called on to provide technical assistance and consultation to local governments and community leaders regarding economic and community development matters. Foundations look to Stennis for quality research and study of public policy issues. And the Institute has on staff trained facilitators who can lead community groups through discursive discourse on topics ranging from of local issues of genuine public conflict, to land use planning initiatives, to community capacity building, to more ethereal discussions about confidence in government, electing or appointing judges, amendments in ethics legislation and the like.

+ Go to the Stennis Institute of Government website

Steps Coalition

610 Water Street
Biloxi, MS 39530
(228) 435-3113

Mission: To build a democratic movement to create a healthy, just and equitable Mississippi Gulf Coast by developing local leadership, supporting communities to advocate for their needs and by facilitating communication, coordination, and collaboration among our membership.

+ Go to the Steps Coalition website

The Center for Legal Aid Education

9 South Street
Suite 404
Boston, Massachusetts 02111

Mission: CLAE's mission is to create a more just & equitable society by providing advocates with the full range of education, training &: leadership development resources they need to obtain justice for their clients.

+ Go to the The Center for Legal Aid Education website

The Parents’ Campaign

222 North President Street, Suite 102
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
601-961-4552 (fax)

Mission: The mission of The Parents’ Campaign is to ensure a brighter future for Mississippi children by promoting better public schools through parent advocacy. We inform parents of legislation that affects our schools, help them identify and contact their own legislators, and report to them about how their legislators vote on bills that determine the level of education offered their children. By giving parents a means by which their voices can be heard, we are working together to change our state for the better.

+ Go to the The Parents’ Campaign website

United Way of the Capital Area

843 N. President Street
P.O. Box 23169
Jackson, MS 39225
(601) 948-4725
(601) 968-8596 (Fax)

Mission: United Way of the Capital Area provides educational and asset building opportunities that create pathways out of poverty for families in Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties. Our strategy is to invest, advocate, and leverage resources in order to solve problems at their root causes. Our goals for providing opportunities for successful lives for families in the tri-county area are focused in our community impact strategies: education, income, health.

+ Go to the United Way of the Capital Area website

Walker Foundation

2829 Lakeland Dr # 1600
Flowood, MS 39232-8880
(601) 939-3043

Mission: The Walker Foundation is interested in organizations that are working in the areas of children and youth, social and human services, education, churches, Christian organizations, environment, spiritual and religious.

+ Go to the Walker Foundation website

Wells Memorial United Methodist Church

2019 Bailey Avenue
Jackson, MS 39213

+ Go to the Wells Memorial United Methodist Church website

William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation

P.O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677
662-915-6728 (fax)

Mission: The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation shall foster reconciliation and civic renewal wherever people suffer as a result of racial discrimination or alienation, and promote scholarly research, study and teaching on race and the impact of race and racism.

+ Go to the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation website

Women’s Fund

Women's Fund of Mississippi
120 North Congress Street
Suite 903
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
601-326-0702 (Fax)

Mission: The Women's Fund of Mississippi is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls by promoting social change and economic self-sufficiency through advocacy and strategic grantmaking.

+ Go to the Women’s Fund website

Young People’s Project

YPP Jackson
2659 Livingston Road
Jackson, MS 39213
(601) 987-0015
(601) 987-0021 (Fax)

Mission: YPP is a community of youth guiding youth, advocating for a quality education in traditionally poor and underserved communities, through the use of math literacy and civil rights programs and workshops.

+ Go to the Young People’s Project website

Youth with a Purpose

187 Main Street
PO Box 1193
Grenada, MS 38901

Mission: The PWAP Youth Development Program focus is on prevention and remediation of at-risk behaviors of youth through alternative positive and productive enrichment activities.

+ Go to the Youth with a Purpose website