Celebrating 50 Years 

For five decades, SECF’s Annual Meeting has brought together not only the best of Southern Philanthropy, but also experts and thought leaders from across the country to connect, engage and inspire one another in ways that propel transformative change in our region, enrich its communities and improve the lives of its people. This year in Atlanta, we will honor our past, look back on what we’ve learned and assess where the South is today.
Writing Our Next Chapter
SECF’s 50th Anniversary is not a culmination or conclusion – it is the close of one chapter and the beginning of the next! Join us as we confront the challenges that still face our region today and explore the trends, new ideas and new faces that will lead our work over the next 50 years.


Isabel Wilkerson

Opening Keynote

Author, The Warmth of Other Suns

Panel Discussion

Thursday AM Plenary

Can Philanthropy Preserve the Pillars of Democracy?

Andy Goodman

Thursday PM Plenary

Author, Storytelling as Best Practice

Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

Friday AM Plenary

Filmmaker, Explorer & Advocate

Bryan Stevenson

Closing Keynote

Founder & Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

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50th Annual Meeting Speaker Highlight: Anne Wallestad

9/19/2019 5:09:00 PM

Of all the relationships within a foundation, the one between trustees and the CEO may be the most critical. Funding decisions, operations, culture, mission and vision can all be affected by how a board and a top executive work together – or don’t. BoardSource, the sector’s leading voice on ... Read More..

50th Annual Meeting Speaker Highlight: John Thornton

9/5/2019 4:34:00 PM

Local news outlets have seen precipitous declines in audience and circulation since the emergence of the Internet – a downward spiral that accelerated significantly following the economic crash that began in 2008. Yet in 2009, with the country still mired in the worst downturn since the Grea... Read More..

50th Annual Meeting Speaker Highlight: Daranee Petsod

8/29/2019 4:04:00 PM

Just as the treatment of immigrants, asylum-seekers and other refugees has emerged as a regular topic in the news, in the halls of Congress and in the race for president, it has also risen as an area of concern for philanthropy in the Southeast and beyond. Fortunately, foundations seeking to ... Read More..

11 States in 11 Months: Southern Philanthropy in... North Carolina

8/28/2019 1:16:00 PM

Note: This post is the eighth in a series that will run throughout our 50th Anniversary year. Each month, we'll focus on philanthropy in one of the 11 states in the SECF footprint, using both current and historical data while highlighting a variety of voices. This month's state: North... Read More..

50th Annual Meeting Speaker Highlight: Rhonda Broussard

8/14/2019 5:08:00 PM

While many foundations these days have made equity a greater priority, not all of them are starting from the same place. Some are still in a learning phase, others are ready to act, and others have already done equity-based work, but are looking to expand further. At this year’s Annual Meeti... Read More..


An Opportunity 50 Years in the Making

As the strongest and largest network of philanthropic leaders in the Southeast, SECF creates a fertile ground for hundreds of grantmakers who call the region home and for national funders who choose to invest in the opportunities that exist here. Members forge deep connections across the region, sharing knowledge, experience and professional resources with one another to elevate philanthropic practice for all.

Our 50th Annual Meeting embodies all of this and more, serving as the region’s premier philanthropic event. Hundreds of people, representing foundations and giving programs of all sizes, types, and interests will gather to generate new power and energy for the field, taking their places as peer leaders and influencers.

The 50th Annual Meeting is the ideal occasion to honor philanthropy’s legacy in the South and ensure its strong future. Read our Sponsorship & Support Opportunities guide to learn how you and your organization can engage with and support Southern Philanthropy at the 50th Annual Meeting!

Interested in learning more or getting involved with SECF's 50th Annual Meeting? Contact S.E. Spencer, SECF's programs & partnerships associate, at s.e@secf.org or at (404) 524-0911.

For general questions, contact S.E. Spencer, SECF's programs & partnerships associate, at s.e@secf.org or at (404) 524-0911.











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.

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Mission: The Southeastern Council of Foundations serves, connects, strengthens and champions philanthropy and philanthropic infrastructure in the South.