Hattiesburg family donates $100K matching grant to local foundation

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg family has given a $100,000 matching grant to a local foundation which oversees dozens of charitable endowments. The Phil Hanberry family made the donation to the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation.

It manages about 100 funds and has disbursed more than $6 million to South Mississippi communities since 1997.

The Hanberrys are also the first family to be named to the foundation's Lifetime Giving Society, which honors those who make donations of $100,000 or more.

"This was just one way that we could publicly say thank you to our community for all that they've done over the years," said Phil Hanberry. "It's been a great place to grow up, it's been a great place to work and worship and raise our kids," he said.

"We raised $100,000 and he gave us $100,000, his money doubled then," said Theresa Erickson, executive director of the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation. "That money then goes into an endowment specifically for our community foundation for our operations," she said.

Last year, the foundation provided more than $1.8 million to different charitable programs and services in South Mississippi.