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Are You Part of Southern Philanthropy's Next 50 Years? We Want to Hear From You!


To mark its 50th Anniversary, SECF wants to look forward as we write our next chapter – and we need your voice! “50 Voices, 50 Years” seeks thoughts from emerging leaders who can articulate their unique vision for Southern Philanthropy over the next half century.

Are you a recent Hull Fellow or prospective Hull candidate? Have you recently attended SECF’s Essential Skills and Strategies program? Are you a relatively new foundation trustee? Have you been actively involved in philanthropy for less than 10 years? If any of these apply to you, we want to hear from you. All we ask is 500 words.

We are seeking at least 50 distinct visions for Southern Philanthropy over the next 50 years. All submissions will be used in some manner to commemorate SECF’s 50th anniversary. Select submissions and their authors will be featured this November at SECF’s 50th Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

If you’d like to add your voice to the conversation, prepare an essay of up to 500 words addressing one of these questions:

  • How will Southern foundations and philanthropy contribute to the issues that define our next half-century?
  • What innovation(s) will likely have the most impact on the practice of philanthropy over the next half-century?
  • Why do you feel called to make philanthropy your life’s work?

Click here to submit your essay – submissions are due June 15, 2019. Consider making your essay personal by sharing your own story of how you began working in philanthropy or your connection to your foundation or community.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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