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SECF’s 52nd Annual Meeting

A New Day, A New Way:
Answering the Call to Courageous Leadership

The past year has made it impossible to ignore the heavy cost of inequity upon our region, our communities and our people. Instead of hoping for a return to the way things were, we hope for a new day and a new way – one defined by courageous leadership.

This November, join your colleagues at SECF’s 52nd Annual Meeting as we come together to answer the call to courageous leadership and continue our work toward our shared vision of an equitable South defined by justice, hope and opportunity for all.

Two Ways to Attend!

This year, SECF’s Annual Meeting will combine two events into one: a long-awaited gathering in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, and a comprehensive, interactive online event easily accessible from your home, office or anywhere in between!

Join Us in Asheville (SOLD OUT!)

At the Omni Grove Park Inn, you’ll be able to experience our sessions and speakers in a safe and inspiring setting while connecting with peers and experts in person!

Note: The in-person meeting in Asheville is sold out, but you can still register for the online Annual Meeting!

Join Us Online

Experience our general sessions and breakouts from your home, office or anywhere you like! Online attendees will be able to engage with speakers during live-streamed events and connect with other virtual attendees!



Health & Safety FAQ:


The health and safety of our attendees, staff and contracted support is our top priority. The 52nd Annual Meeting is designed with this in mind. In addition to the policies of the Grove Park Inn, we will comply with the latest guidelines set by the CDC, the State of North Carolina, Buncombe County and the City of Asheville. Currently, this means those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be required to wear masks (indoors or outdoors) or maintain social distancing.

Unvaccinated individuals will be asked to wear masks indoors and maintain social distancing whenever possible. Masks may be removed only for eating or drinking while seated. For outdoor events, masks will not be required unless social distancing cannot be maintained (e.g. entering and exiting a space, standing in a buffet line, etc.).

SECF will provide access to hand sanitizing stations and disposable masks. However, we encourage attendees to avoid personal contact, such as handshakes, to minimize the spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.

In a typical year, the Annual Meeting is easily able to meet our goals of accommodating all people who wish to attend and hosting an audience that reflects the full diversity of our membership – all types and sizes of foundations and people of all roles, including staff and trustees.

However, arrangements for this year’s meeting were confirmed at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic required a high level of caution and discretion. As a result, our paid attendance this year will be limited to about 300 people.

Between our host hotel, the Grove Park Inn, and our overflow hotel, the Renaissance Asheville, we have secured enough rooms for the maximum number of conference attendees. Complimentary shuttle service between the Renaissance and Grove Park Inn will be provided throughout the Annual Meeting.

There are currently no special restrictions on the number of people allowed in the Grove Park Inn’s ballrooms or conference rooms. All in-person attendees will have normal access to these spaces, though attendance may be capped at individual sessions to comply with fire codes.

All attendees will be required each day to complete a brief questionnaire asking whether they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has the virus. We will also perform a temperature check using a forehead thermometer. Depending on the results of the questionnaire and your temperature, you may not be allowed to attend.

In addition to the questionnaire, our event registration process will require that, in order to attend, you agree to hold harmless SECF, its vendors or our venues in the event of a COVID-19 diagnosis following the event.

We encourage all our attendees to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. All adult Americans are now eligible to be vaccinated. Visit the CDC’s Vaccines.gov site to learn more about vaccinations and to find vaccination sites near you. We will not require attendees to provide vaccination information.

Contact the SECF staff to let them know you will be unable to attend, and we will be happy to issue you a full refund. You can also transfer your registration to another person within your organization at no extra charge.


This Year’s Featured Speakers

Wes Moore
Bestselling author and social entrepreneur
Leading the Change
A panel discussion featuring SECF members!
Dr. Raj Chetty
America’s leading voice on social mobility and economic opportunity
Dr. Michelle Rozen
Expert on leadership and change
Heather McGhee
Author, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

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SECF’s 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.

Southeastern Council of Foundations
100 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2080
Atlanta, GA 30303

Visiting SECF:
All staff are working remotely at this time but can still be reached via email and by calling (404) 524-0911.

Monday-Thursday from 9:00am–6:00pm (ET)
Friday from 9:00am–12:00pm (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.