Annual Meeting



SECF’s 49th Annual Meeting will draw grantmakers, experts and thought leaders to Louisville, Kentucky, for three days of connection, ​engagement ​and ​inspiration ​highlighting ​the ​trends, ​people ​and ​challenges ​that ​will ​define ​philanthropy ​in ​the ​years ​ahead. ​We ​will ​confront ​critical ​issues ​facing ​our ​field ​– ​rising ​economic ​inequality, ​increasing ​polarization, ​and ​questions ​about ​philanthropy's ​role ​and ​purpose ​– ​while ​celebrating ​the ​ideas ​and ​people ​that ​are ​strengthening ​the ​fabric ​of ​our ​communities ​and ​pointing ​the ​way ​to ​a ​bright ​future.

We’ve assembled a lineup of keynote and plenary speakers designed to educate, enlighten and inspire. From the main stage, the Annual Meeting will explore past and current divisions in American society, philanthropy’s role in forging solutions, and the importance of promoting equity and inclusiveness. Our featured speakers are:

Mark Gerzon
"The Reunited  States of America" 
Lonnie Ali
Lifetime Director, 
The Muhammad Ali Center
Michael McAfee
President & CEO, 
Jon Meacham
Author & Historian, 
"The Soul of America"
William C. Bell
President & CEO, 
Casey Family Programs 
Our Breakfast of Champions will also return this year with a focus on trustees.  

Terri Lee Freeman
Community Foundation of
Greater Memphis
Jerry Gonzalez
Mary Reynolds Babcock
Dr. John Stockwell
The Spartanburg County
Bobby Thalhimer
Richmond Memorial Health
Claire Webber
May P. and Francis L. Abreu
Charitable Trust 

 SECF's Annual Meeting continues to serve as the South's most relevant philanthropic gathering of the year. This is the one event you don't want to miss!
Special thanks to our 2018 Annual Meeting Sponsors:
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Preconference Sponsors: Conference on Investing








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.

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.  
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