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Bev and Karl Crossen, Leadership Campaign Chairs

Leadership Has Its Benefits

Your Leadership Level gift to United Way distinguishes you as a philanthropist. You are interested in uncovering the root causes of community issues and are committed to solving them.

As a Leadership Donor you work both behind-the scenes and in the trenches.  Your philanthropic interests can be matched to a specific service area as your leadership gift is channeled into meaningful, measurable community impact.

Leadership Donors lead by example, shaping the path to the future of our community and impacting lives.  Leadership giving is possible for as little as $10 per week and can do so much in Northeast Mississippi.

Leadership Giving Levels

  • Alexis de Tocqueville Society:   $10,000 and above
  • Pillar Society – Corinthian:   $5,000 – $9,999
  • Pillar Society – Ionic:   $2,500 – $4,999
  • Pillar Society – Doric:   $1,000 – $2,499
  • Granite Society – Cornerstone:   $750 – $999
  • Granite Society – Foundation:   $500 – $749

What your Leadership Gift can do:

  • For the cost of a $10 meal each week for a year ($520) … you can feed 36 families for a week.
  • For the cost of a $50 date night each month for a year ($600) …you can provide 14 individuals with a doctor’s visit and medication.
  • For the cost of a $3 coffee each day for a year ($1,095) …you can provide 7 children with a night of shelter.

Leadership Affinity Groups


                                    Women United

If you are a woman and a Leadership Donor, either individually or with a spouse combined gift, you are automatically included in this premier leadership society. Quarterly Lunch & Learns and service opportunities, plus a yearly networking and membership drive. Visit our Women United page to learn more. 

Penny Leech, Beth Holliman, Andi White, Bev Crossen, Cathy Fitzpatrick, Mary Ann Plasencia, Denise Lewis, Margaret Peel


If you are under 40 and a Leadership Donor, either individually or with a spouse combined gift, welcome to our social and service society! We are focused on Early Childhood causes, including installing a Born Learning Trail in every county in our service area (see pictures). Visit our Groundswell page to learn more.




Groundswell’s annual fundraiser is Date Night in a Box, raising money for the Early Childhood Coalition. 2021’s event allowed us to give $13,000 toward new pre-k reading curriculum! 




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