Janine Lee

Janine Lee

President and CEO, Southeastern Council of Foundations

Janine Lee is a veteran strategist and grantmaker in philanthropy, with nearly 30 years of rich and diverse leadership with nonprofits and foundations.

Janine is the President and CEO of the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF), the nation’s largest regional association of grantmakers, serving more than 330 foundations and corporate giving programs – representing more than $50 billion in assets – active in the South. SECF works in partnership with members in 11 Southeastern states and the U.S. Virgin Islands to serve, strengthen, promote and champion the South’s philanthropic voice and infrastructure through engaging programming, leadership development, public policy engagement, access to unique resources – including research, data and trends in giving – and invaluable connections. By encouraging insightful philanthropic collaboration, SECF creates opportunities to increase the region’s grantmaking impact and empower transformational community change.

During her career in philanthropy, Janine has served in leadership roles at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, where she worked as vice president of education programs, and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she was vice president of community building and philanthropy.

Janine serves on the Board of Directors of Independent Sector and on the United Philanthropy Forum’s Racial Equity Committee. Her previous board service includes the United Philanthropy Forum (formerly the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers) and the National Center for Family Philanthropy. She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance (GGA) and the Advisory Committee for the Foundation Center in Atlanta. She also previously served on the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Homelessness. She is a co-founder and former chair of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). She has presented at various conferences, including those held by Independent Sector and the Council on Foundations. In 2015, she was named one of America’s Top 20 Women in Philanthropy and Civic Engagement by Michael Chatman, one of America’s leading advocates for philanthropy on social media. In 2017, she was named an Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Aspen Fellow.

Janine holds a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services education, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, a master’s degree in business administration, and is a co-author of, “Funding Effectiveness: Lessons in Building Nonprofit Capacity.” (Jossey-Bass, 2005).

Putting it Together: What Effective Philanthropy Looks Like Right Now

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A moment of political divisiveness and threats to democratic institutions requires philanthropy to be at its best. Drawing on CEP’s nearly 18 years of research and experience, a new book, Giving Done Right: Effective Philanthropy and Making Every Dollar Count lays out an argument about what is required for impact and about the need, once and for all, to reject the analogies to business that have framed so much guidance about philanthropy over the past two decades. This session will respond to the arguments made by the book’s author, Phil Buchanan, as a launching point to debate the elements of […]