program that gives participants more opportunities for deeper learning
|Over the past decade, the Hull Fellows program of the Southeastern Council of Foundations has become the nation’s leading professional development opportunity for philanthropy’s up-and-coming leaders. In 2010, SECF launched a new, more intensive course of study for the Hull Fellows
, more time to build stronger connections
and more motivation for personal and professional growth
. The new Hull Fellows program immerses participants in three face-to-face gatherings
, connects them with foundation leaders as one-on-one mentors
, provides for ongoing learning through monthly phone or webinar gatherings
to discuss key readings and developments in the field, and culminates with the participants’ completion of small group Capstone Projects,
presented at the SECF 2013 Annual Meeting. Apply today or encourage a colleague to do so.
Learn About the FieldLearn About Yourself
Philanthropy is a field like no other. There are unique challenges, rewards and opportunities to use your life and your work to make a lasting, positive difference in our world. Working in philanthropy in the South adds another dimension. The region’s history, traditions and culture both help and hinder efforts by foundations to do good work. The Hull Fellows program of the Southeastern Council of Foundations will give you insights and understanding about Southern philanthropy that you can’t find anywhere else. You’ll learn from experienced foundation practitioners and facilitators who will guide you on a year-long journey through the promises and pitfalls of grantmaking in this region and beyond. Along the way, you’ll form new friendships and meaningful professional relationships with peers from all walks of life and all kinds of foundation roles.
What kind of leader will you be this year? In five years? Ten? The Hull Fellows program helps you focus on evaluating your own leadership strengths and style, and will give you the tools you’ll need to develop core leadership skills and prepare for current and future leadership roles. You’ll take part in a number of "fierce conversations” about our field’s most challenging aspects, and engage with peers, leaders and experts in the field. At the end of it all, you’ll have a stronger personal and professional commitment to the work of philanthropy, a better understanding of yourself as a leader and new, relevant skills to apply immediately.
Connect with Your Peers
Hull Fellows are an elite group in the world of philanthropy, and many over the past 12 years have gone on to significant leadership roles in Southeastern foundations. But they’ve also maintained close relationships with one another along the way. Because the Hull Fellows program makes every effort to secure a broad array of diverse perspectives in each class, you’ll meet a wide variety of people whose opinions and experiences are sure to make you think, reflect and ask deeper questions of yourself and others. In addition to several Critical Conversations throughout the year, you’ll also work on a special Capstone Project with a small group of other Hull Fellows to explore and address a critical aspect of philanthropy in the South.
Connect with a Mentor
One of philanthropy’s greatest assets in the South is the wealth of experienced, insightful leaders who are well-versed in both the ways of the region and the work of foundations. As a Hull Fellow, you’ll be placed in a special, one-on-one mentor relationship with one of these veteran philanthropists, who will serve as your guide, friend and sounding board throughout the Hull Fellows experience — and very likely well beyond. Your Hull Mentor will be hand selected for you — matching your background and interests with their talents and experience. They are excited about the potential of up-and-coming leaders in the field, and are generous with their time and knowledge. They will respect the confidentiality of your conversations and differences of opinion. You’ll find their spirit of shared learning and enthusiasm exhilarating.
|Who Should Apply?
The Hull Fellows program is geared toward SECF members who are either foundation staff or trustees with active management responsibilities. Participants generally have at least two years experience in philanthropy, but there are no age restrictions. Applicants should have a genuine commitment to the sector and view philanthropy as their long-term career path. If you want to connect with new people and ideas, are committed to personal growth and honing your skills, and have a desire to take on new leadership responsibilities within your organization, the Hull Fellows program would like to hear from you.
The Hull Fellows Class of 2011
View our 2013 Hull Brochure
For more information, please contact Marianne Gordon, Southeastern Council of Foundations, (404) 524-0911 or email@example.com.