Membership Benefits

View our member benefits webinar to learn more about these
the other great values that SECF provides its membership.

Annual Meeting: Our signature event, the annual meeting connects nearly 700 trustees, staff members and guests from across the region to hear expert speakers, share strategies and tactics, network and enjoy each other’s company. Learn more about our Annual Meetings!

Constituency Events: Throughout the year SECF hosts constituency-based meetings for family foundations, corporate programs and health legacy foundations, as well as statewide meetings in some of our states. These smaller meetings provide a rare chance to really dig deep with your colleagues about issues affecting your philanthropic efforts. View our calendar for our program offerings! 

Teleconferences & Webinars: In conjunction with our partner organizations and experts in the field, SECF regularly offers access to teleconferences and webinars on various topics in grantmaking. This is an excellent and convenient opportunity to talk with your peers and learn more about issues facing philanthropy today. View our calendar for our program offerings!

ReadyTalk: Southeastern Council of Foundations is pleased to partner with ReadyTalk to bring their members easy-to-use audio and web conferencing at great, low rates! Our goal is to simplify and increase participation regardless of technical savvy, geographic location, or hardware. ReadyTalk is dedicated to the nonprofit community and specializes in the unique challenges facing organizations of all sizes and causes. Learn more or sign-up for ReadyTalk.

Hull Fellows Program: The Hull Fellows Program is designed to strengthen the philanthropic leadership of younger/new foundation staff, trustees, and donor fund advisers.  With an emphasis on experiential learning and mentoring, the program’s activities enable participants to develop an understanding of the historic roots and traditions of philanthropy and gain new perspectives on the current and future issues facing philanthropy, especially Southern philanthropy. Please visit our
HULL Fellows page for more information.

Legislative Updates: SECF works to build relationships with legislators at the federal and state levels in order to educate them about the value of philanthropy to the region and to monitor legislation that might affect the independence and flexibility of grantmakers. Each year, our Legislative Committee holds a meeting in the nation's capital and visits with members of Congress as part of Foundations on the Hill to emphasize the significant impact of philanthropy throughout the Southeast. Our goal is to maintain the most supportive environment possible for philanthropy.

StateScape: This online tool offers a comprehensive online legislative identification and monitoring service tailored to meet the diverse needs and interests of SECF’s membership. The tool allows members to track, search, and receive reports on philanthropy related legislation at the federal and state level. Members have free access to this tool which can be used to track legislation of your own choosing – a $5,000 annual value available to members as a benefit of membership for free! Go to the StateScape page to learn more about this resource.

Connections: SECF’s electronic newsletter will help you stay abreast of the latest trends, issues and information on philanthropy for grantmaking foundations. Check out the latest edition or read previous issues in the Connections Archive

Interchange: SECF’s printed newsletter contains valuable information for developing and growing your grantmaking skills and keeping you connected to our network of foundations. Check out the latest edition or read previous issues in the Interchange Archive.

Family Philanthropy Online Knowledge Center: SECF partners with the National Center for Family Philanthropy to provide FP Online, a website of practical advice and knowledge for both new and more experienced grantmakers. The Knowledge Center is a searchable, comprehensive, and constantly updated collection of downloadable articles, sample policies and forms, case studies, profiles, research reports and discussion papers.

Directors and Officers' Liability Insurance: The Council on Foundations in Washington has extended its endorsed director and officers’ liability insurance program to SECF members. Coverage is written with The Hartford which is rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best. Learn more about the program and apply online.

Legal Assistance: SECF offers direct access to our own legal counsel for quick questions and opinions. Please contact Adena Hill, SECF's Manager of Public Policy & Special Projects, for more information.

Member Discounts: As a member of SECF, you're eligible for discounts on products, subscriptions and memberships from various philanthropy partners. Some of our current benefits include discounted subscriptions to:

  • The Foundation Desk Reference, a "must-have” legal compendium.
  • BoardSource, a leading resource for information on governance issues. 
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review, published by the Stanford School of Business provides grantmakers with informative research, best practices, and provocative opinions.  
  • Grantcraft, a source of practical wisdom for grantmakers on the tools and techniques of effective grantmaking, offers materials that present the practitioner’s view of philanthropy. 

Members can follow the above links to get more information on taking advantage of these opportunities.

Resources and Referrals: With SECF's Ready Reference, you can get answers to the questions that you're facing now and guidance for the challenges you'll face in the future. SECF's Professional Staff is always available to provide technical assistance, answer your questions and facilitate referrals to peers and other qualified advisers. We have an extensive library of our own materials and also have access to the regional Foundation Center Library in our building.

For more on SECF membership, please contact Jaci Bertrand.