Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) June 26, 2006
The Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF) has named the prestigious class of 2006 Hull Fellows. The only program of its kind in the country, the Hull Fellows Program was established by SECF in 2000 to nurture, inspire and strengthen the Southeast’s next generation of emerging leaders in philanthropy. The selective program benefits younger and newer foundation staff and trustees who have demonstrated strong leadership capabilities in their careers and their communities.
Candidates may only be nominated by the Executive Director or Board of their foundation. Fellows must be either staff or a Trustee and are selected for their leadership potential. Each class is composed of an intentionally diverse mix of participants. Since 2000, almost 120 new leaders have completed the training.
Southeastern Council of Foundations’ President, Martin Lehfeldt, points out: “SECF’s unique program to nurture some of the best and the brightest newcomers in our field is a major contribution to ensuring that philanthropy in the South will continue to be led by thoughtful professionals and volunteers.”
The program will enable Hull Fellows to develop an understanding of the historic roots and traditions of philanthropy; gain new perspectives on philanthropic issues; explore the challenges and opportunities particular to southern philanthropy; hone personal and professional development with an emphasis on experiential learning; and form new, collaborative relationships with their southeastern peers.
The cornerstone of the Hull Fellows Program is an interactive summer conference in August. The program concludes with a special session at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Council of Foundations scheduled for Savannah, Georgia, November 8-10, 2006. The program is named in honor of Robert H. Hull, who served as SECF’s CEO for 19 years, retiring in 1997.
The 2006 Hull Fellows are: Betty Alonso, Dade Community Foundation, Miami, FL; Michael Scott Close, The Springs Close Foundation, Fort Mill, SC; Louisa Glenn D’Antignac, The Wilbur & Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, Atlanta, GA; Erin Drury, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Atlanta, GA; Gregory Vincent Gerhard, May P. & Francis L. Abreau Charitable Trust & R.J. Taylor Foundation, Atlanta, GA; Hazle Hamilton, Community Foundation of Central Georgia, Macon, GA; Conaway Bernard Haskins, III, The Cameron Foundation, Petersburg, VA; Linwood B. Hollowell, III, The Duke Endowment, Charlotte, NC; DiShonda C. Hughes, Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Atlanta, GA; Wanda Y. Jenkins, Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc., Columbus, GA; Anita Johnson, The Cannon Foundation, Concord, NC; Felecia Jones, Black Belt Community Foundation, Selma, AL; Racquel Lee-Sin, Washington Mutual, Miami, FL; Jan Ross, Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, Baton Rouge, LA; Virginia T. Self, The Self Family Foundation, Greenwood, SC; Askeshia Singleton, The Rapides Foundation, Alexandria, LA; Katrina Spigner, Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC, Columbia, SC; Edgar G. Villanueva, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Winston-Salem, NC; Lisa B. Williams, R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation, Inc., Atlanta, GA; Erika Williams, Annie E. Casey Foundation-Atlanta Civic Site, Atlanta, GA.
The Southeastern Council of Foundations is a membership association of approximately 350 grantmaking foundations and programs in 11 states. SECF promotes excellence throughout the field of philanthropy and the creation of new philanthropic resources to benefit the Southeast. For more information, contact Helen M. Ishii, Director of Communications at 404-524-0911, or visit SECF’s website at http://www.secf.org.
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