PINE BELT - It is National Community Foundation Week across America.
Locally, the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation joins more than 750 community foundations across the nation and Board President David Fortenberry said that community foundations represent one of the fastest growing forms of philanthropy.
Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree met with the organization Monday at city hall and signed a proclamation in honor of the National Community Enhancement Organization.
The annual week was created by former President George W. Bush and it recognizes the important work of community foundations in the United States.
"We ask people to create a charitable savings account and a charitable checking account," said David Fortenberry, president of the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation. "The charitable savings account can be an endowment to support whatever cause that you wanted to. A charitable checking account could be a spend down account the endowment is there for ever, the checking account is meant to be spent down. That's the easiest way for people to really understand what we do."