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Jerry F. Smith

J.F. Smith Group, Inc
CEO
Author, lecturer, teacher and fund-raising consultant Mr. Jerry F. Smith founded the J.F. Smith Group in 1991. His mission in fund-raising—to enable clients to fulfill their fund-raising dreams through a unique, educational, professionally-directed development partnership—has proven successful in now over 28 years of business.
Jerry F. Smith has always enjoyed building - starting with nothing and having nowhere to go but up. That's how the J.F. Smith Group came into existence in 1991 and has since assisted more than 230 clients raise over $2.2 billion.
Jerry's career began when he started the first track program at Livingston University (now University of West Alabama) in 1965. At the time, they had no track equipment or team. Jerry spent seven years coaching and building the track program at Livingston, competing with the best teams in the South.
In 1971, Jerry moved to Auburn University in Alabama where he had great success helping them rebuild their track and field teams to a championship level. Jerry moved over to the Auburn Alumni and Development Office in January of 1977, and the university immediately began laying the ground work for Auburn's first major capital campaign. The goal was $61.7 million, and Auburn raised $110 million with only three development officers.
These three stops in Jerry's career illustrate his passion for being part of something that is growing and constantly improving. The J.F. Smith Group was founded in the same way. In 1991, Jerry was asked to speak to the board of trustees of a large Christian school in Birmingham, Alabama, to offer advice with regard to a possible capital campaign. At the end of the meeting, Jerry was asked if he would take the job.
Since 1991, JFSG has grown from two employees to 20. The J.F. Smith Group has conducted feasibility studies and capital campaigns for clients all across the country—from Edmond, Oklahoma, to Washington, D.C., and from Chicago, Illinois, to Orlando, Florida. The basic philosophy the J.F. Smith Group started with is still the same - provide quality service, do more than we are paid to do, and build long-lasting relationships with the clients we serve.
Jerry has also authored four books on fund-raising. His most recent book, titled "Think Up!...And Achieve Your Fund-Raising Goals", was published in 2018. He is a popular and respected convention presenter. Jerry has conducted seminars on an assortment of fund-raising topics both here in the United States, for Association of Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD) and Blackbaud, and in Germany for the Catholic Fundraising Institute. He has taught fund-raising courses at Troy State University and Auburn University and was the recipient of the 2000 NSFRE Award for Civic Philanthropy.



My Speakers Sessions

Tuesday, October 8
 

12:00pm