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Bacot McCarty Foundation Supports Nonprofits Coping with COVID-19

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Students from all over the community have received scholarships from Bacot McCarty Foundation

Nonprofit organizations that assist so many people and help enrich gulf coast communities during times of struggle could use some help themselves these days. The coronavirus outbreak has hit nonprofits hard, and some are now scrambling to cope with the challenges they face each day.

The Bacot McCarty Foundation has heard the sounding bell and is stepping up with an initial distribution of over $60,000 to agencies followed by additional contributions to well over $100,000, with more to come.

“The main purpose of this donation is to take the initiative and let our friends and community partners in the nonprofit sector know that we certainly appreciate them during these trying times of all of their diligent efforts, said Todd Trenchard, executive director of the foundation. “These monies will help not only fund some of their immediate needs but also serve as a gesture that will always be here for them; and that we will all recover from this by working together.

Monies will be distributed for various causes, such as children feeding programs, daycares for first responders and health care workers, teacher in-home assistance, mental health issues, educational opportunities for students, assistance for those with special needs, family assistance for children hospital stays, children mentoring groups and many others.

Bacot McCarty Foundation supports the D.R.E.A.M Program

The Bacot McCarty Foundation, established in 1978, has a long-standing history of philanthropy on the coast, holding signature event fundraisers, making grants to worthy causes, enhancing donor services, and promoting and providing leadership in response to the community’s ever-changing needs. A large part of their focus is on youth, education, and the arts. They are a tax-exempt organization that is guided by a local board of directors composed of civic and community leaders.

“Many of our partner agencies have either lost all sources of revenue or have had to postpone or cancel their fundraising events because of the adjustments we’ve all have had to make”, said Trenchard. “These monies will play a small part in helping not only alleviate some immediate monetary concerns; but more importantly, will hopefully be a morale boost as we work diligently behind the scenes looking at longer and more sustainable solutions. We also want to let everyone know we have a lot of tremendous causes throughout our community and are welcome to give directly to those causes. Now is the time for all of us to do our part.”

Anyone who wants to give towards this cause can make a direct donation to the Bacot McCarty Foundation website at or call 228-217-5791 and designate the monies to the established Rebuild Jackson County Fund.  100% of all donations received will go directly back into the community.


Written by Jerry Taranto

Jerry Taranto is an Air Force veteran, who has served more than 25 years as a public affairs specialist both in uniform and as a government employee.
He has extensive experience in media relations, social media, community/congressional relations, and communication planning.
Jerry, a Biloxi, Miss. native, has a passion for understanding the nuances of local community and governmental relations. He considers himself a ‘savy networker’ and loves to showcase the extraordinary stories of local residents and business members who live and work on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
He is a graduate of Leadership Mississippi, Leadership Gulf Coast, and a current executive board member of the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce. He holds a B.S. marketing degree from Western Governor’s University, UT.
Jerry considers himself a “forever” student, and is always seeking new adventures, challenges and expanding his social circles to include people from all cultural and business backgrounds. He currently lives in Biloxi and is the proud dad of two Boston Terriers. Reach out to [email protected] to connect!


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