Our Mission

Higher Purpose Co mission is to build community wealth with Black residents in Mississippi by supporting the ownership of financial, cultural, and political power. Our theory of change is anchored by an integrated model: asset building, narrative change, and advocacy.

Solutions-based organizing and community wealth building amplify our theory of change to unapologetically tackle generational poverty, structured inequality, and institutionalized racism in the state of Mississippi


Higher Purpose Co (HPC). is a 501c3 economic justice nonprofit based in Clarksdale, Mississippi.


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Asset Building


HPC provides education, access to capital, and support services to Black entrepreneurs.




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Narrative Change


HPC narrative change efforts focuses on publishing articles, documenting oral history, and producing positive storytelling content.




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Advocacy


HPC advocates for better economic justice policies to improve the quality of life for Black residents by implementing digital organizing, community based research, and policy education.



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Impact


Since 2016, HPC has provided entrepreneurship and community education to over 700 residents, created/expanded 15 businesses, and have helped financial institutions deploy almost $51,000 in affordable capital. HPC is currently providing business support to over 50 Black entrepreneurs across Mississippi. Majority of HPC members identify as Black women.

National organizations such as the Federal Reserve Bank, Aspen Institute, ArtPlace America, and the National Rural Assembly have highlighted HPC’s work.

For press inquiries, please email jarquita@higherpurposeco.org.

Membership


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Terrance Walker

Terrifically Taken Photos
Cleveland, Mississippi

“My experience with Higher Purpose has been wonderful. I have been able to learn and network with people that are able to help me. This is an experience that is much needed for my business.”

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Theodore & LaTanthony Strong

Sweet Tooth Teddy
Clarksdale, Mississippi

“Higher Purpose has been a great support system for us, and whenever I have questions about anything or thoughts, I can contact Tim or Angela, the Business Fellowship Coordinator, and they always provide me with the answers I need."

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Crystal Hill

Grace Garden
Jackson, Mississippi

"Higher Purpose Co has been extremely supportive by connecting me with various resources such as brand development with developing a logo, connecting with other entrepreneurs, and finding financial resources. HPC is a great organization that is very diligent when it comes to supporting the community."

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Team

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Tim Lampkin

Co-founder & CEO

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Ryne S. Gipson, Sr.

Co-founder & Chief Business Officer

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Jarquita Brown

Communications Coordinator


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Ivory Cancer

Creative Director


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Angela Williams

Business Fellowship Coordinator

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Constance Brown, Esq.

Business Funding & Advising Coordinator


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Breeanna Thornton

AmeriCorps Vista


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Kristle Wardlaw

Membership and Operations Coordinator


 

Board of Directors

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Dr. Sondra Collins

Senior Economist - University Research Center Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning


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Pamela Hadley

Vice President Community Outreach & Mortgage Resource Officer - Renasant Bank


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Dr. Temika Simmons

Director of the Local Government Leadership Institute


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Krystal Beachum

CEO of Student Athletes Unite


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DeWayne Hopson, Jr.

Attorney at Hopson Law Firm



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Black women are starting businesses across the United States like never before! We created #MoneyPurposeSuccess to accelerate the success Black women entrepreneurs in Mississippi and across the Mid-South. Events such as MPS bring together a group of Black women with one common yet incredibly necessary goal, to provide women with the tools and resources they need to launch or elevate their business and essentially their communities to the next level.

Visit the MPS Website

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Mission

Build community wealth with Black residents in Mississippi by supporting the ownership of financial, cultural, and political power



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What We Do

We build community wealth by focusing on business development, strategic real estate investing, and social enterprise initiatives.



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Values

Integrity • Equity • Teamwork
Innovation • Growth


Contact

P.O. Box 2148 Clarksdale, MS 38614
[P] 662.592.5262


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