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MFP’s spring fundraising campaign launched this past weekend with the theme, “Solutions for Mississippi.” Since March 2020, our team has focused on solutions-based storytelling, Kimberly Griffin writes. That commitment continues to build momentum as our team expands with a larger team and broader coverage, all because of readers and donors like you. Graphic by Kristin Brenenmen

MFP’s Spring Campaign 2022: We’re Committed To Reporting ‘Solutions For Mississippi’

It’s one of the most fabulous times of the year! MFP’s spring fundraising campaign launched this past weekend with the theme, “Solutions for Mississippi.” 

Since we opened our doors in March 2020, earlier than we’d planned, our team focused on solutions-based storytelling. My co-founder Donna Ladd and our senior reporter Ashton Pittman launched just as COVID-19 hit Mississippi because they believed Mississippians needed accurate and complete information about the pandemic. That commitment hasn’t stopped. It has expanded with a larger team and broader coverage, all because of readers and donors like you. 

These are just a few of the ways we grew because of your generous gifts and support: 

Hint: if you ask people what they need, they’ll tell you.  

A wise woman once said that if you have more, you do more. We’ve got BIG goals for the next 12 months, and it’s vital we have the resources to make them happen. Mississippi is rich in stories, and the MFP needs even more people to tell those stories and resources to host live solution circles across Mississippi, top to bottom, east to west. Education is one of Mississippi’s biggest challenges. We need education reporters quickly for our soon-to-launch Education Equity Solution Lab for storytelling beyond surface metrics in counties across Mississippi far from the halls of power. 

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I’m not a writer—they let me write these notes to give me some cred. But word on the street is our writers are turning in stories too fast for the editors to keep up. We need another editor quickly. Don’t you want to see what’s in the hopper?  

I can’t stress this enough. No gift is too small. Also, no gift is too big, so don’t let that stop you.  Seriously, we make every dollar count. Please give what you can to kick off this critical campaign. I appreciate you in advance for whatever you do to help us keep on keeping on. 

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