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1991-2007

  • 1993

    SECF launches Community Foundation Development Project.

  • 1993

    SECF launches Community Foundation Initiative with special funding from Robert W. Woodruff and other foundations.

  • 1994

    Martin Lehfeldt becomes director of Community Foundation Initiative.

  • 1994

    Southern Rural Development Initiative established in Raleigh, North Carolina, advocating for racial and economic justice in the rural South.

  • 1996

    Dorothy S. Ridings succeeds James Joseph as President and CEO of the Council on Foundations; at the time, COF had more than 2,000 members that collectively were disbursing $18 billion in grants annually.

  • 1996

    Martin Lehfeldt reports identifying 92 community foundations in the Southeast region.

  • 1997

    Grant from C.S. Mott Foundation enables SECF to being program to increase philanthropy in the South.

  • 1998

    Martin C. Lehfeldt becomes executive director of SECF.

    Former SECF President Martin Lehfeldt
  • 1998

    To diversify top-level staff at SECF, Martin Lehfeldht hires Imani Burnett.

  • 1998

    New Ventures in Philanthropy awards SECF planning grant to establish southern-philanthropy Consortium to promote formation of new philanthropy in areas of the rural South.

  • 1999

    Ford Foundation awards grant for SECF work with new health care foundations in region.

  • 2000

    Hull Fellows Program established in honor of Robert Hull's 18 years of service as SECF executive director.

    The 2010 Hull Fellows at their mid-program retreat.
  • 2001

    Annie E. Casey Foundation estatablishes its Atlanta Civic Site.

  • 2001

    SECF helps launch the Georgia Rural Philanthropy Initiative with the Sapelo Foundation.

  • 2001

    SECF publishes first edition of southern-philanthropy: A Regional Overview.

    Cover image of southern-philanthropy: A Regional Overview
  • 2003

    Two separate efforts come together, with support from a planning grant from the Ford Foundation, to form the Black Belt Community Foundation in Alabama.

  • 2003

    SECF develops and delivers continuing legal education courses in partnership with bar associations in nine states.

  • 2004

    Congress passes new regulations regarding foundation finances, following rapid growth of foundation assets in the late 1990s

  • 2005

    SECF holds its first family foundations gathering.

  • 2005

    Hurricane Katrina devastates coastal communities in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, resulting in more than 1,800 deaths and $81 billion in damages, prompting a significant philanthropic response.

    Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts. Source: Tidewater Muse, Flickr
  • 2005

    SECF leadership convenes the first family foundation retreat in Point Clear, Alabama.

    Attendees at SECF's Family Foundations Forum in Point Clear, Alabama