Core Programming

PROGRAMS Core Programming

Core Programs

Programs for Every Foundation, Every Role, Every Experience Level!

Philanthropy Southeast's suite of core programs is designed to give grantmakers in the Southeast opportunities to stay connected, develop as leaders, identify partners for collaboration and stay current on trends and best practices. Here’s a look at our main offerings:

Our Annual Meeting is the region’s premiere philanthropic event, bringing together hundreds of foundation trustees, executives and staff for three days of connection, insight and education. Highlights of the Annual Meeting includes keynotes by national thought leaders, sessions highlighting best practices, issues and trends, and plenty of opportunities to make and renew connections with colleagues from across the region and the country.

Upcoming Annual Meeting Dates & Locations:
Our Annual Meeting is held every November in locations around the region. Registration for each year’s meeting typically opens in June. (Meeting dates fall on Wednesday-Friday unless otherwise noted.)

2024 Annual Meeting: November 13-15 (Omni Nashville – Nashville, TN)

The CEO Forum is the region’s strongest ongoing leadership development program for senior executives working in philanthropy. Peer-to-peer interactions lead the way to candid conversations focused on personal and organizational values. The CEO Forum also includes time for leaders of specific constituency groups to connect over shared concern.


Featuring a fully-revamped curriculum, Philanthropy Essentials, formerly Essential Skills & Strategies, provides a guide to philanthropy in the 21st century that’s great for both newcomers and veterans seeking a refresher. Over two days, a faculty of experts will deliver key insights on grantmaking and other strategies for community impact!


Our suite of public policy programs, including Foundations on the Hill, allows members to be informed and engaged in the public policy arena. Members have the opportunity to travel to Washington as part of the country’s largest Foundations on the Hill delegation, connect with lawmakers and staff through in-district meetings and site visits, and host policymaker education events.

Public policy events are offered throughout the year – visit our Public Policy section to learn more!

The Family Foundations Forum, offered in even-numbered years, brings together family foundation staff and trustees, as well as family members, together to discuss issues unique to the management and effectiveness of family foundations. This conference offers sessions and interactive conversations for family foundation veterans as well as younger-generation members just getting involved in their family’s grantmaking.


Community foundations hold a unique place in the philanthropic landscape and serve a critical leadership role within the cities, counties and states they serve. The rules, structures and practices of community foundations not only set them apart from other grantmakers, but also mean their staff and trustees need a specialized approach to their own professional development.

At the Community Foundation Boot Camp, attendees will benefit from a two-day program of professional development courses and other training and educational activities designed specifically for community foundations. The Community Foundation Boot Camp is more than a learning opportunity -- you’ll also connect with a group of colleagues who not only understand one another but are also ready to support each other’s ongoing professional growth!


The Conference on Investing, offered as an Annual Meeting preconference, is a one-of-a-kind gathering providing members the knowledge and insight to make informed, empowered and strategic financial decisions that will ultimately improve foundations’ investment portfolios and grantmaking opportunities. 

Philanthropy Southeast's Hull Fellows Program is a unique opportunity for rising leaders in Southern Philanthropy to connect with one another over the course of an entire year while also building valuable relationships with experienced mentors. Fellows meet both in person and online to share experiences and collaborate on projects that explore challenges and opportunities in grantmaking.

Learn more about the Hull Fellows program.

Throughout the year, webinars allow Philanthropy Southeast members to connect virtually for discussions of current issues in grantmaking. Recent webinar topics include economic performance, investing in nonprofit capacity and legal issues in grantmaking. Philanthropy Southeast often partners with member foundations and national organizations to deliver these online gatherings.

Webinars are offered throughout the year – visit our Webinars section for a list of upcoming opportunities!

Code of Conduct


Philanthropy Southeast is composed of a broad and diverse membership of grantmakers. At our core, we are a community of grantmakers connecting with each other to improve the practice of grantmaking in the Southeast.

At our meetings and events, we also welcome visitors from non-member organizations who attend as presenters or participants. Philanthropy Southeast strives to create a comfortable place for all Members, visitors, and others engaged in philanthropy to exchange experiences and ideas and engage in conversations that are welcoming and of benefit to all participants. As such, Philanthropy Southeast is not a venue for grant seekers, fundraisers, or other types of charitable solicitations during any of its meetings, events or through its publications nor is it an appropriate venue to conduct political activities. We ask that our Members and visitors not solicit at Philanthropy Southeast-sponsored events or programs and that Members and visitors not use information obtained through their Philanthropy Southeast membership or participation in Philanthropy Southeast events for charitable, business or other solicitations outside of those events.



Statement of Purpose

Philanthropy Southeast strives to connect the region’s philanthropic leaders with a diverse and inclusive range of information, resources, experts, innovations and best practices while promoting peer-to-peer learning and leadership development. While we may not necessarily endorse the opinions and views of those we work with, we engage with them to promote vibrant and open discussion. We believe it is necessary to have these conversations for the sake of increasing philanthropy’s impact throughout the region.


Connecting with Philanthropy Southeast:
The Philanthropy Southeast staff works remotely – the best way to reach us is by email or by calling (404) 524-0911.

Monday-Thursday from 9:00am–6:00pm (ET)

On Fridays, staff work on a flexible schedule. Members can reach our team via email or by calling (404) 524-0911 between 9:00am and 6:00pm (ET). We will respond to all urgent and time-sensitive matters promptly.

Mailing address:
100 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 2080
Atlanta, GA 30303

Mission: Philanthropy Southeast strengthens Southern philanthropy, welcoming our members to listen, learn and collaborate on ideas and actions to help build an equitable, prosperous South.