48th Annual Meeting Leaves Southern Grantmakers
Prepared for the Future

SECF's 48th Annual Meeting brought together more than 600 grantmakers, experts and thought leaders to Orlando, Florida, for three days focused on the future of not only philanthropy, but also the people and communities of the Southeast -- and how grantmakers can best help them.

Our opening keynote, a conversation with David Callahan around his book, "The Givers: Wealth, Power and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age" discussed the challenges of an environment where mega-donors operate in a polarized political climate. We ended with an inspirational story from Liz Murray, whose "homeless to Harvard" story blended tragedy, humor and insight to leave the crowd inspired.

In between, through plenaries, deep dives and smaller, more focused sessions, attendees explored the issues confronting the region, the philanthropic field and how grantmakers can best operate -- both internally and externally -- in an increasingly complicated, challenging environment.

This story was brought home especially by the release of the new report, "Philanthropy as the South's Passing Gear: Fulfilling the Promise," produced in partnership by SECF and MDC. The report, available now, details the progress the South has made in the last decade and the challenges that remain. It also shines a deserved spotlight on grantmakers who have embraced "passing gear" principles, using the power of their social, moral, intellectual, reputational and financial capital to power lasting change. The report will continue to shape the conversation around Southern Philanthropy well into the future.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in Orlando.
We look forward to seeing what you do with the connections and lessons you made, and hope to see you next year in Louisville!

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Special thanks to our 2017 Annual Meeting Sponsors, Supporters & Exhibitors:
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Philanthropy as the South’s ‘Passing Gear’— Fulfilling the Promise
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About our Exhibitors: 
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Statement of Intent: The Southeastern Council of Foundations strives to support Members and grantmakers with access to education, resources and networking by serving as a convener and facilitator, offering a diverse range of voices and perspectives. We do not endorse colleague organization views, but rather aim to provide access to a broad range of information and resources to increase grantmaking impact and develop philanthropic leaders throughout the region.

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.