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Core Programming

Core Programs

Programs for Every Foundation, Every Role, Every Experience Level!

SECF’s suite of core programs is designed to give grantmakers in the Southeast opportunities to stay connected, develop as leaders, identify partners for collaboration and stay current on trends and best practices. Here’s a look at our main offerings:

SECF’s Annual Meeting is the region’s premiere philanthropic event, bringing together hundreds of foundation trustees, executives and staff for three days of connection, insight and education. Highlights of the Annual Meeting includes keynotes by national thought leaders, sessions highlighting best practices, issues and trends, and plenty of opportunities to make and renew connections with colleagues from across the region and the country.

Registration for the 2018 Annual Meeting is now open!


Future Annual Meeting Dates & Locations:
2019: Atlanta Hyatt in Atlanta, GA on November 13-15
2020: Omni Nashville in Nashville, TN on November 12-14

The CEO Forum is the region’s strongest ongoing leadership development program for senior executives working in philanthropy. Peer-to-peer interactions lead the way to candid conversations focused on personal and organizational values. The CEO Forum also includes time for leaders of specific constituency groups to connect over shared concern.

Registration for the 2019 CEO Forum will open in the first quarter of 2019!

Our Essential Skills & Strategies for New Grantmakers, offered twice a year, connects those new to philanthropy with an experienced faculty comprised of SECF members. The two-day training delivers a curriculum designed to give attendees a greater understanding of the ins-and-outs of grantmaking.

Registration for our winter offering of ESS will open in late 2018!

Our suite of public policy programs, including Foundations on the Hill, allows members to be informed and engaged in the public policy arena. Members have the opportunity to travel to Washington as part of the country’s largest Foundations on the Hill delegation, connect with lawmakers and staff through in-district meetings and site visits, and host policymaker education events.

Public policy events are offered throughout the year – visit our Public Policy section to learn more. Registration for 2019’s Foundations on the Hill will open in late 2018!

The Family Foundations Forum, offered in even-numbered years, brings together family foundation staff and trustees, as well as family members, together to discuss issues unique to the management and effectiveness of family foundations. This conference offers sessions and interactive conversations for family foundation veterans as well as younger- generation members just getting involved in their family’s grantmaking.

The Family Foundations Forum will return in 2020!

The Conference on Investing, offered as an Annual Meeting preconference, is a one-of-a-kind gathering providing members the knowledge and insight to make informed, empowered and strategic financial decisions that will ultimately improve foundations’ investment portfolios and grantmaking opportunities. 

Registration for the 2018 Conference on Investing is now open – visit our Annual Meeting page to learn more and sign up!

SECF’s Hull Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for rising leaders in Southern Philanthropy to connect with one another over the course of an entire year while also building valuable relationships with experienced mentors. Fellows meet both in person and online to share experiences and collaborate on projects that explore challenges and opportunities in grantmaking.

SECF will begin accepting applications for the next Hull Fellows class in early 2020. Visit this page to learn more about the program.

Throughout the year, webinars allow SECF members to connect virtually for discussions of current issues in grantmaking. Recent webinar topics include economic performance, investing in nonprofit capacity and legal issues in grantmaking. SECF often partners with member foundations and national organizations to deliver these online gatherings.

Webinars are offered throughout the year – visit our Webinars section for a list of upcoming opportunities!

Code of Conduct

The Southeastern Council of Foundations is composed of a broad and diverse membership of grantmakers.  At our core, we are a community of grantmakers connecting with each other to improve the practice of grantmaking in the Southeast.

At our meetings and events, we also welcome visitors from other organizations – which are not members – that participate as presenters or participants. SECF strives to create a comfortable place for all Members, visitors, and others engaged in philanthropy to exchange experiences and ideas and engage in conversations that are welcoming and of benefit to all participants. As such, SECF is not a venue for grant seekers, fundraisers, or other types of charitable solicitations during any of its meetings, events or through its publications nor is it an appropriate venue to conduct political activities. We ask that our Members and visitors not solicit at SECF-sponsored events or programs and that Members and visitors not use information obtained through their SECF membership or participation in SECF events for charitable, business or other solicitations outside of those events.

Statement of Intent

The Southeastern Council of Foundations strives to support Members and grantmakers with access to education, resources and networking by serving as a convener and facilitator, offering a diverse range of voices and perspectives. We do not endorse colleague organization views, but rather aim to provide access to a broad range of information and resources to increase grantmaking impact and develop philanthropic leaders throughout the region.
Southeastern Council of Foundations
100 Peachtree Street NW
Suite 2080
Atlanta, GA 30303

Hours: M–F from 9:00am to 6:00pm (ET)

Phone: (404) 524-0911
Fax: (404) 523-5116
Mission: The Southeastern Council of Foundations serves, connects, strengthens and champions philanthropy and philanthropic infrastructure in the South.