SECF's 49th Annual Meeting - Recap


 49th Annual Meeting Spotlights Work to Bridge Divides

More than 600 philanthropic professionals, experts and thought leaders came together in Louisville for three days focused on how foundations can best address divisions within our communities, our region and even our field.

At SECF's 49th Annual Meeting, the theme "Come Together. Bridge the Divide." resonated throughout the conference. A number of sessions looked at the many fault lines that exist in society today, including racial and gender inequity, political polarization, and even divides between philanthropy and the communities and people it seeks to support.

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 Please note: Only session with available materials are listed below.
 Wednesday, November 7
 7:30am–12:30pm  Conference on Investing:
 · Session 1 - Session 1 Handouts
 · Session 2
 · Session 3
 · Session 4
 9:30am–11:30am  CEO Forum
 9:30am–11:30am  Community Foundations Session and Luncheon - Luncheon Discussion - Discussion Handout 
 9:30am–11:30am  Trustees-Only Session: Bridge the Divide: Creating a Blueprint for Transforming Communities - Session Handout
 11:30am–12:30pm  Corporate Foundations Session and Luncheon: The Future of Corporate Philanthropy
 2:15pm–3:15pm  Opening Keynote with Mark Gerzon:  Taking Sides Vs Bridging Divides: Finding Our True Philanthropic Path
 Concurrent Sessions
 · Legal Update for Community Foundations
 · Legal Update for Corporate Foundations
 · Legal Update for Family Foundations
 · Legal Update for Independent Foundations
 Thursday, November 8
 Concurrent Sessions
 · The 2020 Census: Why Philanthropy Counts
 · Cash and Cachet
 · An Unvarnished Look at Poverty Through History's Tarnished Lens
 · Boom or Bust – How to Avoid Mistakes & Pitfalls When Impact Investing
 · Trustees-Only Session: Foundation Board Insights: Learning from BoardSource’s Recent Study
 · CARE: A Place-based Foundation’s Response to Disaster
 Concurrent Sessions
 · Safety, Respect & Opportunity: A Candid Conversation About Gender Issues in the Workplace
 · Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, Pigs Get Slaughtered
 · Turning Talk Into Action: How a Coalition of Foundations Took the Lead in Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
 · Working Together for Good: the Good, the Bad and the Possible
 · Whole Family Strategies
 · Risky Business: Stories & Strategies on Innovation, Managing Risk, Impact & Lessons Learned
 Concurrent Sessions
 · Expanding the Philanthropic Table: Adding New & Emerging Voices in Decision Making & Co-Ownership
 · "It's All At Your Fingertips" 2.0 - Session Handouts
 · Schools: Toward Better Mental Health for Children - Session Handouts
 · As the South Grows: Lessons From the Road - Session Handouts
 · Stewardship in a Time of Change: Leveraging Past Experience for Future Benefit
 · Family Foundations Session
 Concurrent Sessions
 · Building Partnerships for Community Safety & Justice
 · Post-Election Briefing: Does a New Congress Mean New Policies Affecting Philanthropy?
 · Learning from the South: National Funders and Their Giving Strategies in the Southeastern Region - Session Handouts
 · Hull Fellows Capstone Presentations
 Friday, November 9
 Concurrent Sessions
 9:15am – 10:30am
 · Philanthropy as a Catalyst for Revitalization
 · Dedicating Yourself to Better Rural Philanthropy: How Success Looks Different When You Evaluate the "Right Stuff"
 · Framework to Freedom: An Outcomes Framework to reduce Prison Re-Entry - Session Handouts
 · Philanthropy at the South's Passing Gear - SMIRF in Action

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SECF's Annual Meeting continues to serve as the South's most relevant philanthropic gathering of the year!

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