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Essential Skills & Strategies 2018
Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 8:00 AM to Thursday, February 01, 2018, 5:00 PM EDT
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Essential Skills & Strategies
January 31–February 1, 2018 · Atlanta, GA
The Grantmaker's Guide to Grantmaking! 

If you've recently begun a career in philanthropy, there's no doubt you have a desire to improve the lives of people in your community — nothing is more important.

But turning that desire into reality isn't easy. The world of grantmaking is like no other, with its own history, rules and best practices. It's also a rapidly evolving field, full of new ideas and emerging trends.

To be an effective grantmaker, you need to combine your determination with knowledge, insight and skills. But how?

SECFs Essential Skills and Strategies for New Grantmakers will provide you with everything you need. Designed and endorsed by thought leaders in the sector, ESS sessions are built to provide new grantmakers with the knowledge, insight, skills and tools they need to be effective in their work.

Register for ESS and you'll benefit from these sessions and more:

  • Being Grounded in Philanthropy
  • Navigating Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Making Sound Funding Recommendations
  • Communicating Funding Decisions and Recommendations
  • Managing Your Grants Portfolio
  • Maximizing Grant Impact
  • Strategies for Professional Excellence and Personal Satisfaction

Plus, you'll connect with fellow rising professionals in the field, sharing experiences and building bonds that will help you, your foundation and your community succeed. 

Registration for ESS is now closed – thank you for your continued engagement with SECF!

Event Details:

Price: $400 (SECF Members) · $600 (Non-SECF Members)

Event Date: January 31–February 1, 2018

Event Location: Center for Civic Innovation 
115 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SW, Atlanta, GA 30303

Hotel: Due to a large conference taking place in downtown Atlanta that overlaps with our ESS dates, we cannot provide a reserved block of rooms available to registrants. If you have already registered for ESS, or plan on signing up, we recommend that you secure a room at one of the following hotels as soon as possible.


Residence Inn Downtown Atlanta (Williams & Peachtree Streets; next door to SECF offices)
134 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 522-0950 Rate: $306/night

Northeast Atlanta: 

Emory Conference Center Hotel
1615 Clifton Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329
(404) 712-6000 
Rate: $239/night

Airport Hotels: (with quick access to MARTA subway via Sky Train)

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Atlanta Airport Gateway
2091 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA 30337 
(855) 479-0732 
Rate: $284 

Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel
2081 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA 30337
(404) 209-9999 
Rate: $189

Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway 
4711 Best Road, Atlanta, GA 30337
(404) 766-7900 
Rate: $229


Southeastern Council of Foundations
100 Peachtree St. NW · Suite 2080 · Atlanta, GA · 30303 · (404) 524-0911

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.

Contact: [email protected]