Three Days Dedicated to Our Region, Our Work & Our Future

In recent years, Southern philanthropy has become increasingly adept at recognizing the systemic issues that prevent people from fully participating and prospering. Still, many challenges remain: Disparities in health, education and other measures of well-being persist. Marginalized populations still face discrimination. Polarization continues to threaten our democracy and even our planet’s future.

But philanthropy simply cannot afford to be discouraged – too much is at stake to slow down or take a step back. We must keep moving forward, and we must do it together.

By moving forward together, Southern philanthropy can act as a unifying force for good and a source of leadership in our communities and our region. We are diverse, but we are not divided – we all share a powerful commitment to the communities of our region and to improving people’s lives.

At Philanthropy Southeast’s 54th Annual Meeting, we will focus on this shared commitment and how we can leverage the power of both our diversity and our determination to make the South a better place for all.

This Year’s Featured Speakers

Opening Keynote

Mae Jemison
Doctor, engineer and NASA astronaut

Alabama native Mae Jemison, the first Black woman in space, is at the forefront of integrating the physical and social sciences with art and culture to solve problems and foster innovation.

Closing Keynote

Anthony Ray Hinton
Activist and author of The Sun Does Shine

Wrongfully convicted of murder, Anthony Ray Hinton was on Alabama’s death row for 28 years before his exoneration and release from prison. Today, the author of the powerful memoir The Sun Does Shine is an Equal Justice Initiative Community Educator and a tireless and powerful advocate for abolition of the death penalty.

Thursday Afternoon Plenary

Nikole Hannah-Jones
Creator of The 1619 Project

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and creator of the landmark 1619 Project, the groundbreaking journalistic initiative that examines slavery’s modern legacy and reframes the way we understand this history and the contributions of Black Americans to the nation. The project has since spawned a book and TV series.

Friday Morning Plenary

Matthew Desmond
Author of Evicted and Poverty, By America

Matthew Desmond, a professor of sociology at Princeton University, won the Pulitzer Prize for his 2016 book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. His latest book, Poverty, By America, is a #1 New York Times Bestseller that draws on history, research, and original reporting to show how affluent Americans knowingly and unknowingly keep poor people poor.

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Philanthropy Southeast's 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.

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Atlanta, GA 30303

Visiting Philanthropy Southeast:
All staff are working remotely at this time but can still be reached via email and by calling (404) 524-0911.

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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.