Apply for Membership

Apply for Membership

Membership to the Southeastern Council of Foundations is open to several types of philanthropic organizations and individuals active in our 11-state footprint. View our eligibility guidelines for full details.

Member applications meeting our eligibility guidelines are vetted by the Membership Committee, which votes on whether to send applications to the full Board of Trustees for approval.



How to Apply

Your organization can apply for membership by either completing our online form or downloading a PDF and following the provided instructions. In either case, in addition to the application, you must provide the following documentation:



  • A copy of your most recent IRS Form 990PF or 990 for established foundations 
  • A description of your grantmaking program (for private operating foundations, provide a description of your philanthropic activities) 
  • A list of recent grants 
  • An annual report with audited financial statements, if available
  • A current 501(c)(3) determination letter 
  • A list of board and staff members
  • A description of your giving 
  • A list of recent grants or contributions
All supporting documentation should be emailed to Jaci Bertrand, vice president of member engagement, at, or sent with your application via mail to:

    Southeastern Council of Foundations
    c/o Jaci Bertrand
    100 Peachtree St. NW, Suite 2080
    Atlanta, GA 30303

Thank you for your interest in joining SECF!

Review our comprehensive package of programs, services and benefits.

If you have questions about the membership application, or the approval process, please contact Jaci Bertrand, vice president of member engagement, at or (404) 524-0911.


Southeastern Council of Foundations
100 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2080
Atlanta, GA 30303

Visiting SECF:
All staff are working remotely at this time but can still be reached via email and by calling (404) 524-0911.

Monday-Thursday from 9:00am–6:00pm (ET)
Friday from 9:00am–12:00pm (ET)

Phone: (404) 524-0911
Fax: (404) 523-5116

Mission: SECF strengthens Southern philanthropy, welcoming our members to listen, learn and collaborate on ideas and actions to help build an equitable, prosperous South.