Who We Are


The Montgomery Institute (TMI) was organized as a Mississippi non-profit corporation domiciled in Meridian, Mississippi, on October 27, 1999.  On May 29, 2001, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a preliminary letter of determination qualifying TMI as a Section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  On May 31, 2006, the IRS issued a post-review letter of determination classifying TMI as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity.


To create a partially endowed, politically independent entity that will educate, train, and inform leaders who will, then, be able to instigate, nurture, promote, coordinate, and assist in the formation, direction, and execution of undertakings leading to the upbuilding of communities in East Mississippi and West Alabama.


TMI was organized for the following exclusively charitable and educational purposes:

To train and develop individuals in leadership skills, promote strategic thinking about and analysis of societal issues for the betterment of the communities in the eastern portions of Mississippi and the western portions of Alabama;

To develop and disseminate information designed to promote human and infrastructure development in the east portions of Mississippi and the western portions of Alabama; and

To acquire, establish, retain and maintain a fund or funds to be held, invested and used exclusively in furtherance of such charitable and educational purposes.

Pursuing the Mission

When the organization received permission from the late G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery to name the Institute after him, TMI agreed to do two things.  First, it would pursue its program of work “guided by the leadership legacy of G.V. ‘Sonny’ Montgomery.”  Second, it would preserve and promote Sonny’s legacy.  TMI has consistently strived to live up to these commitments and will continue to do so.

Nonprofit Documentation