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50 Meetings in 50 Days: A Look at the 1970 Annual Meeting


Registration for SECF’s 50th Annual Meeting will open May 15 – between now and then, we’re going to take a look back at the history of SECF’s signature event and how it’s evolved over the years.


1970 Annual Meeting

When: October 14, 1970
Where: The Atlanta American Motor Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
Notable Speakers: William Archie (Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation), Dr. John Griffin (Southern Education Foundation), David Freeman (Council on Foundations), Boisfeuillet Jones (Emily and Ernest Woodruff Foundation)


The first SECF Annual Meeting wasn’t billed as such – after all, an event can’t be annual until it’s been held at least two years in a row. Instead, this meeting was billed as an Organizational Meeting. This was also the only Annual Meeting to take place entirely within one day.

Reflecting SECF’s origins, the meeting included a review of the Tax Reform Act of 1969. The day also included an overview of SECF’s organizational structure from attorney Joel Richardson. In between, attendees took in quick presentations on grant administration, annual reports, public relations and other topics.

The day also included an update on a proposed merger between the Foundation Center and the Council on Foundations – an idea that apparently never came to fruition. Incidentally, earlier this year Foundation Center announced a merger with GuideStar to form a new entity, Candid.

Check out the program for the 1970 Annual Meeting below – yes, it fit on a single page!



David Miller is SECF's director of marketing and communications.

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