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Engage, SECF’s blog, is a space for SECF members, staff and partners to share their thoughts on the latest trends and best practices in philanthropy. Engage is also used for important announcements about upcoming SECF events and programs.

Do you have a story or insight you’d like to share with our members on Engage? Contact David Miller, director of marketing and communications, at david@secf.org or at (404) 524-0911 to discuss your idea.


50 Meetings in 50 Days: The Annual Meeting from 1979 to 1981

Category: 50th Anniversary, 
Author: David Miller

Apr11

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.


1979 Annual Meeting

When: November 7-9, 1979
Where: Hyatt House Hotel, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Notable Speakers: Joyce Ream (Executive Director, Women and Foundations/Corporate Philanthropy), Douglas Covington (Chancellor, Winston-Salem State University), Landrum Bolling (Chairman, Council on Foundations)

This meeting featured a preconference luncheon that served as a convening for Women and Foundations/Corporate Philanthropy, which had been founded in 1975.

A 1984 Los Angeles Times article on the organization quoted its then-board chair: Alicia Philipp, who also -- just as she does today -- led the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, then known as the Metropolitan Atlanta Community Foundation. Alicia was quoted saying "having women making recommendations on grants has heightened awareness in the philanthropic community of women's and girls' organizations and their needs and made the boards of trustees, which approve grants and which are mostly male, understand that these organizations are not as risky as they had thought. A lot of men had it in their minds that these organizations were radical."

Alicia, who would preside over another meeting of "Women And" at the 1980 Annual Meeting, said women and young people were still a rarity in those days.

"I was about 26 and a woman, so on both counts, I was unusual at the SECF conference," she told SECF. "Everyone was gracious and made me feel very welcome, but it would be a number of years before more women and what we now call 'next-gen' were in any significant numbers at the conference."


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

Category: 50th Anniversary, 
Author: Southeastern Council of Foundations

Mar28

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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11 States in 11 Months: Southern Philanthropy in... Florida

Category: 50th Anniversary, 
Author: Southeastern Council of Foundations

Mar28


Note: This post is the third of a series that will run throughout our 50th Anniversary year. Each month, we'll focus on philanthropy in one of the 11 states in the SECF footprint, using both current and historical data while highlighting a variety of voices. This month's state: Florida.


Florida Philanthropy Snapshot

First SECF Member: The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (founding member -- joined 1970)
Newest SECF Members: Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation, John and Katherine Duda Foundation (both joined May 2018)
Number of SECF Members: 28




Learn more about Florida foundations from SECF's Southern Trends Report!


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50 Meetings in 50 Days: The Annual Meeting from 1976 to 1978

Category: 50th Anniversary, 
Author: David Miller

Mar20

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.


Heading into the late 1970s, the Annual Meeting fell into a consistent rhythm, hitting new states and cities while also providing time for discussion of the economic climate, investment strategies, and a range of programmatic concerns – many of which remain deeply relevant today.


1976 Annual Meeting

When: October 20-22, 1976
Where: Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia
Notable Speakers: McGeorge Bundy (President, The Ford Foundation), Dr. Ray Marshall (Professor of Economics, University of Texas, and president of the National Rural Center)

If our records are correct, Dr. Ray Marshall is the oldest living Annual Meeting keynote/plenary speaker – 90 years old today, he is a professor emeritus at the University of Texas. He spoke at the meeting's closing luncheon, and was only a year away from being appointed Secretary of Labor in the Carter administration. Marshall's National Rural Center had just been founded – it was described by The Washington Post as "a nonprofit research organization with a $750,000 annual budget that he founded [to] focus national attention on rural problems."

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50 Meetings in 50 Days: The Annual Meeting from 1973 to 1975

Category: 50th Anniversary, 
Author: David Miller

Mar14

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.

The Annual Meeting had become an established event by the mid-1970s, and SECF had solidified itself as an organization – in 1972, paperwork filed with the State of Georgia had officially established the Southeastern Council of Foundations as a nonprofit corporation. The initial board included representatives from North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina and Florida.

With its initial growing pains out of the way, in 1973 SECF felt confident enough to begin moving the Annual Meeting throughout the region. The event’s programming also began to expand beyond the legal and regulatory concerns that had dominated its first three years.


1973 Annual Meeting

When: November 1-2, 1973
Where: Holiday Inn of Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, Georgia
Notable Speakers: Terry Sanford (President, Duke University), David Freeman (President, Council on Foundations)


Recognizing that one-size-fits-all programming wouldn’t be sufficient for a growing number of attendees, this year’s meeting featured concurrent sessions for foundations without staff, with full-time staff and, separately, community foundations. While these sessions were focused on the familiar topic of foundation administration, the agenda also included sessions on scholarship and loan programs, as well as “regional needs and opportunities for foundation responses.”

Luncheon speaker Terry Sanford, then president of Duke University, had previously served as governor of North Carolina and would eventually represent the state in the U.S. Senate. Not unlike previous year’s speaker Alexander Heard, Sanford was a Southerner with a progressive attitude on civil rights. Two years before speaking at the Annual Meeting, he famously said “the South can lead the nation, must lead the nation – and all the better, because the nation has never been in greater need of leadership.”


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

Category: 50th Anniversary, 
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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50 Meetings in 50 Days: A Look at the 1970 Annual Meeting

Category: 50th Anniversary, 
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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11 States in 11 Months: Southern Philanthropy in... Arkansas

Category: 50th Anniversary, 
Author: Southeastern Council of Foundations

Feb27


Note: This post is the second of a series that will run throughout our 50th Anniversary year. Each month, we'll focus on philanthropy in one of the 11 states in the SECF footprint, using both current and historical data while highlighting a variety of voices. This month's state: Arkansas.


Arkansas Philanthropy Snapshot

First SECF Member: The Ross Foundation (joined 1977)
Newest SECF Member: Walton Family Foundation (joined 2017)
Number of SECF Members: 6



Learn more about Arkansas foundations from SECF's Southern Trends Report!

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11 States in 11 Months: Southern Philanthropy in... Alabama

Category: 50th Anniversary, 
Author: Southeastern Council of Foundations

Jan30


Note: This post is the first of a series that will run throughout our 50th Anniversary year. Each month, we’ll focus on philanthropy in one of the 11 states in the SECF footprint, using both current and historical data while highlighting a variety of voices. Up first: Alabama.


Alabama Philanthropy Snapshot

First SECF Member: M.W. Smith, Jr. Foundation (joined in 1973)
Newest SECF Member: Community Foundation of East Alabama
Current SECF Members: 24

Learn more about Alabama foundations from SECF’s Southern Trends Report!


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