Southern Grantmakers Leave
47th Annual Meeting Ready to Address Change
Presentations from this year's Annual Meeting are available HERE.

With the dust not even settled from the 2016 elections, more than 800 foundation leaders, philanthropic experts and renowned thought leaders gathered in Amelia Island, Florida, for SECF's 47th  Annual Meeting – Navigating the Currents of Change.

Over three days, SECF members connected with one another, learning valuable lessons, sharing stories of the positive impact of grantmaking and analyzing the issues affecting the communities and people in the Southeast that philanthropy seeks to lift up and empower.

An opening keynote from Karl Zinsmeister set the stage by focusing on examples of philanthropic success – sometimes unlikely success – from the country's past. This year's meeting also put a strong focus on data, with Dr. Jim Johnson and Professor Robert Putnam both using numbers and statistics to tell stories about the "browning" and "graying" of the Southeast, as well as the growing economic disparities confronting children in America.

For the first time, SECF added its own original research to the discussion, releasing the first edition of Southern Trends Report: Philanthropy in the Southeast Region, in partnership with the Foundation Center.

The election that was on so many minds at the meeting's start was the focus on this year's closing keynote, featuring Dr. Larry Sabato, one of America's foremost political analysts.

In between keynotes, grantmakers attended packed sessions on a diverse array of topics – all generated by SECF members – and made connections that will spark new ideas and initiatives in Southern Philanthropy.

Thank you to our attendees and our sponsors for making the 47th  Annual Meeting a smashing success!

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 2016 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.