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  • 2008

    Mike Howland becomes executive director of SECF.

    Former SECF President and CEO Mike Howland
  • 2009

    SECF launches its 2010-2013 strategic plan.

  • 2010

    SECF holds inaugural CEO Forum in Jacksonville, Florida.

    Members pictured at the inaugural CEO Forum in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 2011

    Charles H. (Pete) McTier becomes Interim President of SECF.

  • 2011

    Janine Lee becomes first female and first African American president and CEO of SECF.

    Current SECF President and CEO Janine Lee
  • 2012

    Karen McNeil-Miller becomes SECF's first African American board chair.

    Karen McNeil-Miller, SECF's first African American board chair
  • 2012

    SECF launches e-magazine, YouTube channel, and mobile app at its annual meeting.

  • 2013

    SECF develops Affinity Group Business Plan as a framework for fostering local and regional affinity groups in the Southeast.

  • 2015

    SECF relocates to the 20th floor of 100 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, following 25 years of occupancy at the historic Hurt Building.

  • 2015

    SECF establishes the Hull Fellows Alumni Network, comprising more than 300 veterans of the program since its inception in 2000.

  • 2015

    The SECF board approves new strategic plan that will guide SECF's work thorugh 2020.

  • 2016

    Southern Trends Report, developed in partnership with Candid and SECF, launches online. It documents the scope of philanthropic giving in the Southeastern region.

    Southern Trends Report website
  • 2016

    Reflecting the culture of grassroots philanthropy in the South, a new report, The Landscape of Giving Circles/Collective Giving Groups in the U.S., documents 175 giving circles in the Southeast. Example include The Circle of Joy Giving Circle in Atlanta and the 260 Change Fund in Nashville.

  • 2017

    SECF partners with MDC to produce the landmark report, Philanthropy as the South's "Passing Gear": Fulfilling the Promise.

    Cover image of Philanthropy as the South's Passing Gear: Fulfilling the Promise
  • 2018

    SECF welcomes the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development, its first member outside of the continental United States.

  • 2018

    SECF'S Board establishes the Equity Framework Task Force.

  • 2018

    Grantmakers for Southern Progress and National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy partner to produce the series, As the South Grows, to shine a light on the opportunities for local, regional, and national funders to invest more deeply in the South.

  • 2019

    Southeastern region is home to more than 16,000 active foundations (including nearly 150 community foundations) with collective assets of more than $100 billion.

  • 2019

    SECF membership consists of more than 360 foundations.

  • 2019

    SECF celebrates it's 50th year at it's annual meeting. The 50th anniversary event commemorates many past achievements, cements the permanence of signature programs, and presents a robust and inspiring vision for the next 50 years.

    SECF's 50th Anniversary logo

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