Hull Fellows Program

PRIORITIES Leadership & Career Development Hull Fellows Program

The South’s Premier Philanthropic Leadership Development Program!


If you look at today’s leaders in Southern Philanthropy, you’ll see men and women from all walks of life. They work at a variety of foundations, all with different visions and missions. 

Increasingly, however, these leaders have one thing in common – they were members of SECF’s Hull Fellows program. Of the more than 300 graduates of our premier leadership development program, dozens now serve as CEOs and senior executives throughout the region. 
Over the course of a year, these three elements are delivered through in-person and virtual programs that explore the history of the South, the latest trends and best practices and the major issues facing foundations today.

What makes the Hull Fellows program so successful?
There are three key reasons:




Hull Fellows not only learn what makes a good leader but, over the course of a year-long program, get to put those lessons into action by working with peers to study the issues shaping philanthropy today and forming their own ideas on how grantmaking should evolve in the years and decades ahead.




The Hull Fellows program may only last a year, but the bonds you’ll build last a lifetime. By serving as a Hull Fellow, you gain a personal and professional network of people who care deeply about grantmaking and the South. Plus, you’ll be plugged into the existing Hull Alumni Network, benefiting from 17 years of collective wisdom.




Each Hull Fellow is paired with a mentor that will serve as a guide not only for one year, but for many years to come. Fellows form strong bonds with experienced practitioners who are eager to share their advice, knowledge and perspective.

Special thanks to Truist Foundation for its ongoing support of SECF’s Hull Fellows Leadership Program


Who is eligible to be a Hull Fellow?

All staff members and trustees of SECF member organizations are eligible to apply for the Hull Fellows program.


How do I apply?

You can fill out our online application form on our website and email during the enrollment period. Next enrollment will be in early 2022.


What are the requirements of the 2021-2022 Hull Fellows Program?

If you are selected as a Hull Fellow, you will be expected to attend the following events:

  • A two-day program kickoff beginning Tuesday, November 9, ahead of SECF’s 52nd Annual Meeting at the Omni Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Monthly Hull Fellows webinars beginning in January 2022.
  • A three-day spring 2022 Hull Fellows retreat in the Atlanta area (exact dates and location will be announced later this year).
  • Capstone presentations at the 53rd Annual Meeting, taking place November 9-11, 2022, at the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island in Amelia Island, Florida.


What does it cost to participate?

There is a $2,000 program fee to help cover costs associated with the Hull Fellows program. This fee is typically paid to SECF by your employer once you are accepted into the program.

SECF will cover the cost of your accommodations for the Hull Fellows Spring Retreat. SECF does not cover costs associated with attending the Annual Meeting.


How do Hull Mentorships work?

Each Hull Fellow will be paired with a mentor, typically a staff or trustee of an SECF member organization whose background and career path aligns with yours. Mentors are often Hull Fellows alumni themselves! You will have the opportunity to connect with your mentor on a regular basis, either in-person or via phone call/videoconference, throughout the duration of the program. However, these connections often continue long beyond the program’s completion!


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