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Virtual Opportunities to Connect, Engage & Inspire!

SECF’s 51st Annual Meeting includes all the features that make it the South’s premier philanthropic event: compelling sessions, outstanding speakers and multiple ways to connect and network with colleagues. This year’s agenda has a streamlined design that makes it easy to engage virtually over the course of three days.

  • Wednesday, November 11
  • Thursday, November 12
  • Friday, November 13

The 51st Annual Meeting will begin with remarks from Dr. David Williams, an internationally recognized social scientist focused on social influences on health. His research has enhanced our understanding of the complex ways in which race, socioeconomic status, racism, stress, health behaviors and religious involvement can affect physical and mental health. The Everyday Discrimination Scale that he developed is the most widely used measure of discrimination in health studies. He has been invited to keynote scientific conferences in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, South America and across the United States.


Speaker: Dr. David Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health and Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston, MA)



Following our Opening Keynote from Dr. David Williams, he will join us as we explore the issues and questions he raised and reflect on philanthropy’s role in promoting community health and the social factors that influence it.


Speaker: Dr. David Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health and Chair, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston, MA)


      1:00pm–2:15pm (ET) | Concurrent Sessions


Societal inequities disproportionately affect every aspect of life in our communities. For Blacks, the indigenous and people of color (BIPOC), racial inequities result in poorer health outcomes, a staggering racial wealth gap and a criminal justice system defined by a need for reform. The cultural, historical and economic legacy of slavery and codification of racism mean that these inequities are particularly prevalent in the Southeast. In a region that is rapidly diversifying and with most Southern states expected to demographically shift to majority BIPOC populations by 2050, the South cannot ensure future economic growth without creating more just and equitable systems that provide a path to prosperity for all its citizens.This session will discuss: 


  1) How have existing systems been framed by racist policies and structures?
  2) How can philanthropy help address the historical and cultural roots of racial inequities in communities throughout the Southeast?
  3) What is the role for philanthropy in creating equitable solutions?


Speakers for this session will be announced soon!



How has your grantmaking practice shifted since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic? What has changed for your nonprofit partners and the communities they serve? 2020 will be remembered as a year of unprecedented challenges and change, calling on philanthropy to collectively boost its risk tolerance, shift standards in funding decisions, and reconcile the ways our current practice helps or hinders the resiliency of nonprofits. Once a sense of normalcy returns, which practices will be preserved? How can we support our nonprofit partners to do more than just survive this crisis, but, instead, thrive?

Through group discussions and case studies from the field, attendees will explore their foundation’s relationship with risk, spotlighting opportunities for creativity and adaptation, and sharing tools to support these shifts. Participants will leave having made a commitment to at least one strategy that will enable them to evolve their own practices, armed with a digital toolbox for continued learning and exploration.


Speakers:
Emily Wexler, Associate Director, Social Sector Accelerator (Arlington, VA)
Kelsie Smithson, Program Officer, James Graham Brown Foundation (Louisville, KY)



Experts from Truist’s Foundations & Endowments Specialty Practice will review a particularly turbulent year for the markets while also providing a look at factors that will affect performance in 2021 and beyond. This session is essential for finance professionals and other staff and trustees charged with managing foundation investments and endowments.


Speakers for this session will be announced soon!



Throughout the Annual Meeting, we will offer a variety of activities that give attendees a chance to relax, form deeper connections with colleagues or unwind with games, entertainment and more! We’ll announce more details on these events soon!



Join us at a variety of receptions for Annual Meeting attendees! You’ll be able to chat with peers in an informal setting and move between receptions throughout the hour. Grab a snack, pour yourself a drink and join us! Receptions include: 


  1) New Members & First-Time Attendees
  2) Hull Fellows & Hull Alumni
  3) President’s Reception (invitation only for SECF supporters)



Following brief updates on SECF’s financials and governance, as well as the election of new trustees, we will welcome to our virtual stage Richard Rothstein, author of the bestselling book The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, which recovers a forgotten history of how federal, state, and local policy explicitly segregated metropolitan areas nationwide, creating racially homogenous neighborhoods in patterns that, Rothstein argues, violate the Constitution and require remediation. Rothstein has spent years documenting the evidence that government not merely ignored discriminatory practices in the residential sphere but promoted them. The impact has been devastating for generations of African Americans who were denied the right to live where they wanted to live and raise and school their children where they could flourish most successfully.


Speaker: Richard Rothstein, Distinguished Fellow, Economic Policy Institute; Senior Fellow (emeritus), Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Author, The Color of Law (Berkeley, CA)



Following our Morning Plenary, Richard Rothstein will join attendees for a discussion of the issues raised in his remarks and in his book, The Color of Law.


Speaker: Richard Rothstein, Distinguished Fellow, Economic Policy Institute; Senior Fellow (emeritus), Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Author, The Color of Law (Berkeley, CA)


      1:00pm–2:15pm (ET) | Concurrent Sessions


More and more, funders are looking to include the communities they serve in their grantmaking processes. This session will explore the strategy of participatory grantmaking and giving decision-making power about funding decisions to those foundations aim to serve.

The session will explore the Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium, a collective of funders, activists and community leaders working to advance the movements for Black girls and women in the Southeast. The consortium is creating an infrastructure for regional grantmaking and movement-building by providing resources to locally-based organizations that work directly with Black girls, including those outside of traditional nonprofit organizations. The consortium has a community-informed grantmaking strategy with women and girls serving as advisors and grants panelists throughout the process.


Speakers:
Felecia Lucky, President, Black Belt Community Foundation (Selma, AL)
Margo Miller, Executive Director, Appalachian Community Fund (Knoxville, TN)
Representatives of the Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium (Selma, AL)



Across the American South, growing movements focused on equity, economic development, history, and the arts are converging to build social capital, engender civic pride, connect neighborhoods, support health and safety, grow social justice, and nurture a sense of belonging.


Speakers:
Mark Constantine, President & CEO, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (Richmond, VA)
Clark Casteel, President & CEO, Danville Regional Foundation (Danville, VA)
Katie Ensign, Senior Program Officer, Jessie Ball duPont Fund (Jacksonville, FL)



What contributes to a hospitable and equitable foundation environment? What practices promote long- term effectiveness in the field? We’ll hear stories from two philanthropy professionals who experienced significant workplace challenges that undermined their ability to serve effectively and thrive personally. We’ll also hear about the intentional evolution of these same two foundations where governance and administrative changes over time resulted in healthier workplaces for all. With regard to our country’s most recent challenges, panelists will also speak to their adaptive strategies around workplace health and effectiveness during the pandemic and engaging challenges and opportunities around racial justice and equity within their offices, boardrooms, and communities. This session is designed for foundation trustees and leaders who seek governance and staff practices where people and professionals can thrive.


Speakers:
Mason Rummel, President & CEO, James Graham Brown Foundation (Nashville, TN)
Jennifer Oldham, Communications Director, The Healing Trust (Nashville, TN)

Facilitator: Jocelyn McDaniel, Director of Programs, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (Washington, DC)



Throughout the Annual Meeting, we will offer a variety of activities that give attendees a chance to relax, form deeper connections with colleagues or unwind with games, entertainment and more! We’ll announce more details on these events soon!



Pour yourself a drink, grab a snack and join with other Annual Meeting attendees for an hour of casual conversation and connection! This event is a chance for all attendees to come together, reconnect with old friends and begin making new ones!


      10:00am–11:15am (ET) | Concurrent Sessions


Storytelling is more than a communication tactic. It is a powerful methodology that can be used to mobilize change and inspire a new future. The session will explore the ways philanthropy can use storytelling as a tool to bring understanding to complex issues, create strong partnerships, and meet their mission. Participants will learn how to tell their story through lively, organic, and spontaneous activities.


Speakers for this session will be announced soon!



Traditional evaluation approaches often come with inherent power dynamics that can elevate funders as the sole experts and undervalue the voices, expertise and experiences of grantee organizations and the communities they serve. Recent years have seen a paradigm shift and the field is pushing for equitable evaluation: more inclusive methods that place equity at the core of the work, are culturally relevant, and honor the input of grantmakers and grantees at every stage of the evaluation process.

Join us as we discuss principles of equitable evaluation, learn why it’s critical for foundations to adopt these practices, and hear how colleagues in the field are already successfully applying equitable evaluation and what they are learning.


Speaker: Dr. Shanesha Brooks-Tatum, Executive Vice President, Creative Research Solutions (Atlanta, GA)



At some point on the philanthropic journey a mentor can help lead the way, but how do we develop meaningful mentor relationships that are mutually beneficial? This session will explore the art and the science of creating mentorships that matter through the stories of two philanthropic leaders: Stephanie Cooper-Lewter of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and Mark Constantine of Richmond Memorial Health Foundation. To highlight the impact of a mentor mindset, this session will incorporate two StoryCorps animations that illustrate real-life stories powered by the mentorship way.


Speakers:
Mark Constantine, President & CEO, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (Richmond, VA)
Stephanie Cooper-Lewter, Vice President of Programs and Administration, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust (Winston-Salem, NC)



Throughout the Annual Meeting, we will offer a variety of activities that give attendees a chance to relax, form deeper connections with colleagues or unwind with games, entertainment and more! We’ll announce more details on these events soon!



The 51st Annual Meeting will wrap up with inspiring remarks from Susan Taylor Batten, president and chief executive officer of ABFE, a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Batten has led the organization’s philanthropic advising and programming on responsive philanthropy in Black communities for foundation leaders, donors and aligned partners.


Speaker: Dr. Susan Taylor Batten, President & CEO, ABFE (New York, NY)



Following her Closing Keynote, Susan Taylor Batten will stay with us to offer further insights and answer questions from Annual Meeting attendees.


Speaker: Dr. Susan Taylor Batten, President & CEO, ABFE (New York, NY)






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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.


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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.

Hours:
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Friday from 9:00am–12:00pm (ET)


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