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

Author: David Miller

Mar06

Registration for SECF’s 50th Annual Meeting will open May 14 – 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.

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50 Meetings in 50 Days: The 1971 & 1972 Annual Meetings

Author: David Miller

Mar07

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.


Following a successful organizing meeting in 1970, the Annual Meeting truly earned its name by returning to Atlanta in 1971. The meeting would remain there through 1972, with day-long agendas focused primarily on the still-new legal and regulatory landscape facing foundations in the region.


1971 Annual Meeting

When: October 14-15, 1971
Where: The Atlanta American Motor Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
Notable Speakers: William Archie (Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation), Randolph Thrower (attorney and former IRS Commissioner), Dr. John Griffin (Southern Education Foundation)


This was the first Annual Meeting to span more than one day – though the first day consisted solely of a reception and "Dutch treat" dinner in downtown Atlanta.

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