Public Policy Overview

Building Relationships, Improving Policy

From our inception in 1969, as an initial response to the 1969 Tax Reform Act, SECF has chosen to be proactive in the public policy space – we believe “strength in numbers” is essential to achieving success in state capitols and in Washington, where members empower one another to mount a vigorous defense of philanthropy, educate policymakers and promote the ability of funders to address community priorities.

Public Policy Programming

SECF members are engaged in public policy conversations year-round. Each year, we proudly convene the largest delegation of grantmakers in the country to attend Foundations on the Hill, where members meet with lawmakers and promote policies that preserve and strengthen philanthropy’s vital role supporting work that strengthens the fabric and well-being of our communities.

Throughout the rest of the year, SECF members meet regularly with lawmakers through in-district meetings, while also learning through webinars, sessions at the Annual Meeting, policy luncheons and other events. SECF delivers vital legislative intelligence and analysis through policy updates, alerts and our quarterly Public Policy digest.

SECF's Public Policy Digest

Updates and analysis of federal and state policy relevant to grantmakers.

View the latest Public Policy Digest

The Public Policy Committee is comprised of SECF members from across the region. The committee advises staff on public policy programming and develops policy positions, which are recommended to the SECF Board of Trustees.

Sally Ehrenfried (Co-Chair)
Charleston, SC​

Mason Rummel (Co-Chair)
James Graham Brown Foundation
Louisville, KY​

Jane Alexander​
Community Foundation for Mississippi
Jackson, MS

Meredith Sullivan Benton​
The Healing Trust
Nashville, TN​

Pete Bird
​The Frist Foundation
Nashville, TN​

Ben Chandler
Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky​
Louisville, KY​

Alfredo Cruz 
Foundation for Louisiana
Baton Rouge, LA​​

Torrey DeKeyser
​The Eyesight Foundation of Alabama​
Birmingham, AL

Susan DeVenny 
​J. Marion Sims Foundation​
Lancaster, SC

Robert M. Fockler
Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
Memphis, TN

Erik Johnson
​Robert W. Woodruff Foundation​
Atlanta, GA​

Antoinette Malveaux
​Casey Family Programs​
Seattle, WA​

Regan Gruber Moffitt​
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation​
Little Rock, AR​

Cynthia Newbille​
Richmond Memorial Health Foundation
Richmond, VA​

Sutton Mora Hayes​
Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
Memphis, TN ​

Betsy Pennewill​
Community Foundation of Sarasota County
Sarasota, FL

Judge John Rochester
​Martha Christine White Foundation
Ashland, AL​​

Christopher Wilbanks​
The Robert and Polly Dunn Foundation​
Atlanta, GA​

Karen Wilbanks​
The Robert and Polly Dunn Foundation
Atlanta, GA 

Gilbert Miller (Ex-Officio)
Bradley-Turner Foundation
Columbus, GA

Janine Lee (Staff)
Southeastern Council of Foundations
Atlanta, GA

Jaci Bertrand (Staff)
Southeastern Council of Foundations
Atlanta, GA

Matthew L. Evans (Staff)
Southeastern Council of Foundations
Atlanta, GA

Matthew L. Evans is SECF’s director of public policy and special projects. He works closely with the Public Policy Committee and provides leadership on all public policy events and programs. Matthew also regularly meets with lawmakers representing the Southeast. If you have interest in becoming more involved, contact Matthew at matthew@secf.org or at (404) 524-0911.

If you have questions about public policy, contact Matthew at matthew@secf.org or at (404) 524-0911.

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