Hull Fellows Program

PRIORITIES Leadership & Career Development Hull Fellows Program

The South’s Premier Philanthropic Leadership Development Program!

If you look at today’s leaders in Southern Philanthropy, you’ll see people from all walks of life. They work at a variety of foundations, all with different visions and missions. 

Increasingly, however, these leaders have one thing in common – they were members of Philanthropy Southeast's Hull Fellows program. Of the more than 300 graduates of our premier leadership development program, dozens now serve as CEOs and senior executives throughout the region.

Over the course of a year, these three elements are delivered through in-person and virtual programs that explore the history of the South, the latest trends and best practices and the major issues facing foundations today.

What makes the Hull Fellows program so successful?
There are three key reasons:




Hull Fellows not only learn what makes a good leader but, over the course of a year-long program, get to put those lessons into action by working with peers to study the issues shaping philanthropy today and forming their own ideas on how grantmaking should evolve in the years and decades ahead.




The Hull Fellows program may only last a year, but the bonds you’ll build last a lifetime. By serving as a Hull Fellow, you gain a personal and professional network of people who care deeply about grantmaking and the South. Plus, you’ll be plugged into the existing Hull Alumni Network, benefiting from 17 years of collective wisdom.




Each Hull Fellow is paired with a mentor that will serve as a guide not only for one year, but for many years to come. Fellows form strong bonds with experienced practitioners who are eager to share their advice, knowledge and perspective.

Special thanks to Truist Foundation for its ongoing support of Philanthropy Southeast's Hull Fellows Leadership Program


Who is eligible to be a Hull Fellow?

All staff members and trustees of Philanthropy Southeast member organizations are eligible to apply for the Hull Fellows program.


How do I apply?

Application submissions for the 2023-24 class is currently closed.


What are the requirements of the Hull Fellows Program?

If you are selected as a Hull Fellow, you will be expected to attend the following events:

  • A two-day program kickoff held at the Annual Meeting following your acceptance into the program.
  • Monthly Hull Fellows webinars.
  • A three-day spring Hull Fellows retreat in the Atlanta area.
  • Capstone presentations at the following year's Annual Meeting.


What does it cost to participate?

There is a $2,000 program fee to help cover costs associated with the Hull Fellows program. This fee is typically paid to Philanthropy Southeast by your employer once you are accepted into the program.

Philanthropy Southeast will cover the cost of your accommodations for the Hull Fellows Spring Retreat. Philanthropy Southeast does not cover costs associated with attending the Annual Meeting.


How do Hull Mentorships work?

Each Hull Fellow will be paired with a mentor, typically a staff or trustee of an Philanthropy Southeast member organization whose background and career path aligns with yours. Mentors are often Hull Fellows alumni themselves! You will have the opportunity to connect with your mentor on a regular basis, either in-person or via phone call/videoconference, throughout the duration of the program. However, these connections often continue long beyond the program’s completion!


Where can I learn more about the Hull Fellows program?

Contact Tiffany Friesen, vice president of programs and partnerships, at


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.

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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.

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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.