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  • 1969

    Annie E. Casey Foundation estatablishes its Atlanta Civic Site.

  • 1969

    The Tax Reform Act, signed by President Nixon, solidifies the distinction between grantmaking and service providing institutions. "Private foundations" are defined by the government.

  • 1969

    In response to the passage of the Tax Reform Act, 24 foundation leaders meet to establish Southeastern Council on Foundations.

  • 1970

    The population of the 11 Southeastern states totals 42.1 million.

  • 1970

    75 foundation representatives gather for SECF's first annual meeting.

  • 1970

    William H. Bondurant begins two-year service as volunteer executive director of SECF.

  • 1970

    SECF membership consists of 13 foundations.

  • 1970

    More than half (61 percent) of Southerners live in a metro area, an early sign of the shift of a rural South to a more urban South that will continue in the coming decades.

  • 1970

    Census data show that more than 1.4 million Black people left the South, mostly re-settling in the urban cities in the North.

  • 1971

    The Supreme Court, in Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, upholds busing as a way to advance integration of public schools.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students in 1973, after the Swann vs. Charlotte Mecklenburg Board of Education ruling forced the district to implement busing.
  • 1972

    Charles S. Rooks becomes first full-time executive director of SECF.

  • 1973

    Maynard Jackson elected as first Black mayor of Atlanta.

  • 1976

    Jimmy Carter of Georgia becomes President of the United States. He brings veterans of the Civil Rights Movement and a new biracial Democratic politics of the South to the White House.

    Jimmy Carter
  • 1976

    The Arkansas Community Foundation, the only state-wide community foundation in the South, is established primarily by a lead grant of $258,000 from the Winthop Rockefeller Foundation. The foundation now manages some $335,000,000 in assets.

  • 1977

    IRS issues new regulations about Donor Advised Funds.

  • 1977

    Charles S. Rooks writes Foundation Philanthropy in the Southeast.

    Cover image of Foundation Philanthropy in the Southeast
  • 1978

    Robert Hull becomes executive director of SECF.

  • 1980

    Why Establish a Private Foundation is published.

    Title page from Why Establish a Private Foundation
  • 1981

    SECF begins accepting corporate grantmaking programs as members.

  • 1983

    Dr. George Hitchings, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine and served on the SECF board, establishes the Triangle Community Foundation with $1,000.

  • 1984

    Mott Foundation awards the first of more than $2.4 million in challenge grants over a 10-year period to build the capacity of community foundations in seven Southeastern states.

  • 1986

    As recently as 1986, a Gallup Poll conducted for the Joint Center of Political Studies found that 75 percent of philanthropy dollars in the black community are funneled through religious institutions, and that most volunteer activities of blacks are centered around the church. African-American church-based philanthropy greatly benefitted from the growth of the mega-churches which first emerged during the 1980s.

  • 1986

    Council on Foundations launches National Agenda for Community Foundations.

  • 1987

    Walton Family Foundation established in Arkansas by Sam and Helen Walton, whose fortune came from Wal-mart stores.

  • 1990

    The population of the 11 Southeastern states totals 57.5 million.

  • 1990

    Martha Peck elected as first female chair of SECF.

  • 1990

    SECF board adopts first strategic plan.

  • 1990

    The Foundation for the Mid South is created as a regional development foundation serving Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

  • 1990s

    Health Legacy Foundations begin to emerge in the South, as a result of the purchase of local hospitals and health care plans by for-profit corporations.