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1969-1990

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  • 1969

    Annie E. Casey Foundation estatablishes its Atlanta Civic Site.

  • 1969

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

  • 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.

  • 1972

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

  • 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

    Charles S. Rooks writes Foundation Philanthropy in the Southeast.

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  • 1978

    Robert Hull becomes executive director of SECF.

  • 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.

  • 1987

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

  • 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.