The Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) is a membership association of more than 360 grantmakers working together to strengthen, promote and increase philanthropy in 11 southeastern states (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA). SECF itself does not make grants.
Our vision is to be a vibrant network, inspired, nurtured and led by SECF, serving as a valued resource to philanthropy in the South.
Our mission is to serve, connect, strengthen and champion philanthropy and the philanthropic infrastructure in the South.Our Beliefs and Assumptions
- The South is a unique, rich, diverse region, with a strong sense of place and cultural heritage.
- Philanthropy is a special, valuable bridge between people, organizations and communities.
- Much of philanthropy in the South is first or second generation wealth and there is a growing need for leadership development among new philanthropists in the region.
- A strong philanthropic infrastructure is essential to the growth of assets in the region.
- Organized philanthropy reflects the intentions of diverse and independent donors and is often geographically focused.
Our Strategic Priorities
- Because we understand servant leadership, we seek a balance of quality service to members and leadership in the field.
- Because we appreciate that partnerships and collaborations help us to leverage learning, knowledge and action, we seek broad input and strategic alliances.
- Because we believe in the power of effective leadership, we support individual development and growth.
- Because we operate in the public trust, we practice faithful stewardship and efficient use of our resources.
- Because we value agility and creativity, we actively listen and strive to be ready to act upon new ideas.
- Because we value the diversity of experiences, ideas and opinions, we promote and practice inclusiveness.
- Because we value integrity and honesty, we are committed to transparency.
- Develop and support existing and emerging philanthropic leaders in the region.
- Cultivate the voice of philanthropy in the South.
- Build and strengthen the South’s philanthropic infrastructure.
- Practice organizational excellence and build capacity to achieve our vision.
For more on SECF's strategic plan click here.
SECF was established in 1970 by the leaders of North Carolina and Georgia foundations in response to the Tax Reform Act of 1969 to represent foundation interests with federal officials at a time when private philanthropy was under intense scrutiny by Congress. SECF has grown to become the nation’s second largest regional association of grantmakers (as measured by the number of its members – community, corporate, family, health legacy, and independent foundations and giving programs of all sizes). During the past decade, SECF has greatly expanded its range of programs and services for members. For more on SECF's history click here