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2008-present

  • 2008

    Beginning of Great Recession, during which foundations endure enormous losses of assets. Some Southern foundations respond by increasing their giving to meet the needs of their communities.

  • 2008

    Mike Howland becomes executive director of SECF.

    Former SECF President and CEO Mike Howland
  • 2009

    SECF launches its 2010-2013 strategic plan.

  • 2010

    The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history, causes extensive economic, health, and environmental damage to communiites along the Gulf Coast.

    Deepwater Horizon oil spill
  • 2010

    The Affordable Care Act is passed.

  • 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

    The W.K. Kellogg Foundation opens a regional office in Mississippi to support its work in Mississippi and New Orleans.

  • 2013

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

  • 2013

    #BlackLivesMatter movement gains traction following the not-guilty verdict in Florida for George Zimmerman's shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American high school student.

    Trayvon Martin shooting protest
  • 2013

    The Supreme Court strikes down portions of the Voting Rights Act in Shelby County v. Holder, which effectively results in laws and policies that make it harder for minorities to vote.

    Vote button
  • 2015

    The growing shift to urbanization continues, with 75 percent of Southerners living in a metro county.

  • 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 growing population in the South, the region now has 173 electoral votes, up from 144 in 1968.

  • 2016

    Of the money that went to state and local groups, most of it went where the anti-immigrant threat was the lowest. In California, New York and Illinois, funding per immigrant totaled $6 over the three-year period while deportation levels were low. In the southeast, southwest and Florida, the deportation rate was five times higher, but funding was half as much per immigrant or less.

  • 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

    Lumina Foundation identifies 17 cities as Talent Hubs, including the following Southeastern cities: Nashville, TN; Richmond, VA; Louisville, KY.

  • 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
  • 2017

    There are 764,300 farms in the South, down from 1.26 million farms in 1967.

    Tobacco field in South Carolina
  • 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.

  • 2018

    The NoVo Foundation announces a partnership with the Southern Black Girls & Women’s Consortium, a new collective of funders, activists and community leaders working to advance the movements for Black girls and women in the Southeast.

  • 2018

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed in 2017, corresponds to decreased charitable giving in 2018. When adjusted for inflation, total charitable giving declined 1.7%.

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