The South's Premiere Philanthropic Event

What is the future of grantmaking in the Southeast? What tools will foundations use to boost the impact of their work? What issues – now distant points on the horizon – will come to dominate the years ahead? Which trends will be embraced – and which will fail to live up to the hype? Who are the leaders that will carry Southern Philanthropy forward in the years ahead?

These questions and more will drive the conversation at SECF’s 48th Annual Meeting – Forecasting Philanthropy’s Future. You and your colleagues will connect with not only each other, but also national experts and thought leaders, to discuss the forces shaping the world of grantmaking, to share critical insights on strategies and best practices, and to inspire one another to work together and improve the lives of people in the American South and its communities.

The 48th Annual Meeting will accomplish all this through a mix of speakers, sessions and events that spark connections and collaboration. Join us in Orlando, Florida, for three days that will leave you renewed and re-energized – and ready to tackle whatever the future may bring.
Keynote & Plenary Speakers
Opening Keynote David Callahan
Author, The Givers: Wealth, Power and Power in a New Gilded Age
Wednesday AM Plenary
A Breakfast with Champions of Southern Philanthropy
Eric M. Kelly, President, Quantum Foundation
Justin Maxson, Executive Director, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation
Alicia Philipp, President, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
Jan Young, Executive Director, The Assisi Foundation of Memphis
Mark Constantine, President & CEO, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (moderator)
Wednesday PM Plenary Celebrating Innovative Philanthropy in the South
Ralph Smith, Managing Director, Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Anne Mosle, Executive Director, Ascend at the Aspen Institute
John Annis, Senior Vice President of Community Investment, Community Foundation of Sarasota County (moderator)
Thursday AM
Mini-Plenary 1: Philanthropy as the South’s “Passing Gear” 2017,
featuring David Dodson, President, MDC

Mini-Plenary 2: Impact Investing, featuring: 
Lisa Renstrom, Chair, Confluence Philanthropy,
Steve Westly, Founder & Managing Partner, The Westly Group and 
Evan Harvey, Global Head of Sustainability, Nasdaq (moderator)
Closing Keynote Liz Murray, Author, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard
SECF's Annual Meeting continues to serve as the South's most relevant
philanthropic gathering of the year. This is the one event you don't want to miss!
Special thanks to our 2017 Annual Meeting
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Statement of Intent: The Southeastern Council of Foundations strives to support Members and grantmakers with access to education, resources and networking by serving as a convener and facilitator, offering a diverse range of voices and perspectives. We do not endorse colleague organization views, but rather aim to provide access to a broad range of information and resources to increase grantmaking impact and develop philanthropic leaders throughout the region.

Code of Conduct: The Southeastern Council of Foundations is composed of a broad and diverse membership of grantmakers. At our core, we are a community of grantmakers connecting with each other to improve the practice of grantmaking in the Southeast. At our meetings and events, we also welcome visitors from other organizations - which are not members - that participate as presenters or participants. SECF strives to create a comfortable place for all Members, visitors, and others engaged in philanthropy to exchange experiences and ideas and engage in conversations that are welcoming and of benefit to all participants. As such, SECF is not a venue for grant seekers, fundraisers, or other types of charitable solicitations during any of its meetings, events or through its publications nor is it an appropriate venue to conduct political activities. We ask that our Members and visitors not solicit at SECF-sponsored events or programs and that Members and visitors not use information obtained through their SECF membership or participation in SECF events for charitable, business or other solicitations outside of those events.