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“The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”
Psalm 24:1 (NIV)
The Mississippi Baptist Foundation serves as the trust agency of the Mississippi Baptist
Convention, offering a means whereby Mississippi Baptists can provide perpetual support
for Mississippi Baptist and Southern Baptist causes until our Lord and Savior, Jesus
As the trust agency of the Convention, the Mississippi Baptist Foundation promotes Christian
estate stewardship, receives, invests, and manages endowment gifts. Additionally, the
Foundation distributes earnings from these endowments to many Baptist ministries. In essence,
the Mississippi Baptist Foundation serves as a money-management partner for Mississippi
Baptist churches, institutions, and agencies. The Mississippi Baptist Foundation ministers
under the direction of a Board of Trustees elected by the Mississippi Baptist Convention
and the Foundation receives primary funding through a Cooperative Program allocation. As
a Mississippi Baptist agency, the Mississippi Baptist Foundation desires to advance the
goal of “helping bring Mississippi and the World to Jesus.”
The words to Grace Noll Crowell’s great hymn “Because I Have Been Given Much” reflects the
attitude of gratitude of the person who lives in complete submission to our Heavenly Father.
Although this hymn may not be included in Sunday worship services as frequently today as in an
earlier era, the words express the faithful response of a genuine disciple of Jesus Christ to
the challenge “…to whom much is given, much is required; to whom much has been entruste, much
more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48). During this past year, numerous Mississippi Baptists modeled
the message of this great hymn through the stewardship of their time, talents, tithe and other
A key emphasis of the Mississippi Baptist Foundation is to encourage and educate Mississippi Baptists
in the area of estate stewardship. When I sing the words, “I shall divide my gifts with Thee, with
every brother that I see, Who has the need of help from me,” I think of the those faithful stewards
who take seriously the opportunity to favor Kingdom ministries and Baptist causes through their Last
Will and Testament. Through careful and prayerful planning, perpetual financial blessings available
to our Baptist institutions through outright endowments or bequests presented through a Last Will and
Testament. In other words, financial stewardship is not limited to the contributions placed in the
offering plate on Sunday. The Mississippi Baptist Foundation provides the means through which these
important acts of stewardship can occur.
By way of illustration, Mississippi Baptists exhibited exceptional stewardship to Kingdom ministries
through the Mississippi Baptist Foundation by giving $ 4,036,131 in new contributions during the 12
months ending June 30, 2013. During this same period, total assets managed by the Foundation increased
by 4.83% from the previous year to $112,475,182.
Since 1943, Mississippi churches and mission causes, our Mississippi Baptist colleges and the
Baptist Children’s Village, North American and International missions, and the six Southern
Baptist Seminaries have received encouragement and financial support from the generosity of
committed stewards. As a result of these historic and recent blessings, distributions of
income by the Foundation to various Baptist causes totaled $3,905,979 during the fiscal year
that ended June 30, 2013.
Presentations were made by Foundation staff at associational meetings, Sr. Adults rallies and
retreats, and to various church groups. These visits provided the opportunity to share
information on the benefits and blessings of Kingdom stewardship that are available through a
Last Will and Testament, an Advance Health Care Directive, Powers of Attorney, and Charitable
Gifts. Many Mississippi Baptists responded to the invitation to promote Kingdom ministries by
favoring Baptist causes in their will or through a charitable trust.
In addition to the continued popularity of our booklet entitled Your Personal Planning Toolkit,
the Foundation enlisted the services of PhilanthroCorp to assist with planned giving promotion.
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, PhilanthroCorp has a proven track record of
helping Christian stewards navigate the often unfamiliar waters of estate planning.
The Mississippi Baptist Foundation promotes estate stewardship by offering seminars
that focus on Last Will and Testament, Investments, and the nature, method, and
benefits of making Financial Gifts. The format of each seminar is appropriate for
Discipleship Training sessions, group luncheons, and other gatherings. Please call
the Mississippi Baptist Foundation to schedule a seminar or for assistance in
fulfilling your stewardship and estate planning goals.
“Because love has been lavished so upon me Lord,
A wealth I know that was not meant for me to hoard,
I shall give love to those in need, shall show that love by word and deed:
Thus shall my thanks be thanks indeed.”
The Mississippi Baptist Foundation provides money management services for Mississippi Baptist
church, institutions, agencies, and for other Foundation accounts. Available Foundation investment
services include the following.
MBF Equity Fund – This growth stock fund is designed for capital appreciation
with little emphasis on income. Invested in stock offerings of U.S. and international corporations,
the Fund is managed by four outside professional money managers.
MBF Fixed Income Fund – This bond fund is designed to produce income with
little attention given to capital appreciation. This Fund, which is managed by three outside
professional money managers, includes U.S. government securities, corporate bonds, and
MBF Short Term Cash Fund – This fund is a money market-type fund which is
designed to out-perform both the current yields associated with six and twelve month certificates
of deposits and the 91-day Treasury bill rate. With this approach, the Short-Term Cash Fund
matches a competitive rate of return with full liquidity. The Fund is managed by the Southern
MBF General Endowment Fund – The General Endowment Fund is designed to
address the long term investment objectives of perpetual endowment accounts. The Endowment
Fund seeks to provide income while guarding against the effects of inflation. The Endowment
Fund is invested in stocks and bonds according to a preset allocation. The current investment
allocation of the Endowment Fund is 30% in the MBF Equity Fund and 70% in the MBF Fixed Income
Please call the Mississippi Baptist Foundation with questions or for assistance regarding any of the services offered through the Foundation.