A fearless and tenacious fundraiser, author and motivational speaker, Linda Smith revolutionized the principles of non-profit fundraising, community relations and event management, while gaining an international reputation as an innovative leader, fundraising guru and most of all, a humanitarian.

Linda Smith Public Speaker

An advocate for people with disabilities and a recognized influencer of nonprofit causes, Linda
Smith built one of the largest charitable organizations in the nation, and in doing so raised a half a
billion dollars and inspired the giving of hundreds of millions more across the globe. Today, she
shares her story of perseverance inspired by the birth of her profoundly disabled son.

As an author, speaker and fundraising consultant, Smith enjoys helping development professionals
and boards of directors think big, raise expectations and increase fundraising efforts and results for
their nonprofit organization’s mission. This spirit has led to the launch of Smith’s consulting
business where she specializes in fundraising consulting for capital campaigns and major gifts, non-
profit board development, signature event development and overall fundraising leadership and

With nearly 40 years of development experience, Smith is recognized as a fundraising icon whose
knowledge and efforts have impacted organizations throughout the world. Inspired by her eldest
son Christopher and her life experiences, Smith was led to author her memoir “Unwanted,” which
will launch in Spring 2019.

Christopher Smith Memorial Video

(1970 – 2019)

Christopher Smith Foundation


I’m so excited to introduce you to the Christopher Smith Foundation. It was inspired by the magnificent life and journey of my son Chris who was born with Down syndrome. This Foundation honors him and the generous caregiving community that embrace and care for society’s most vulnerable citizens. Many who know Christopher, and his story, have been touched by his ability to love unconditionally, and to overcome incredible challenges. His sweet innocence and calming smile have shown us all what it means to be truly human. Visit our site to learn more.

Linda Smith’s Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Las Vegas Country Club – Guest Author Speaker – October 2019

  • Telemedicine VSEE conference, Silicon Valley – Closing Keynote ‘TED Talk’ – October 2019

  • Regency at Summerlin – Guest Author Speaker – September 2019

  • Puentes Community Partners – Speaker – September 2019

  • Mychal’s Learning Center, Hawthorne, CA – Presenting Board Speaker – September 2019

  • Ark Angel, San Diego – Launch Presenter – August 2019

  • National Association of Women Business Owners, Las Vegas – Guest Speaker – August 2019

  • A-Team, Engelstad Campus in Las Vegas – Guest Speaker – August 2019

  • Vanguard Dream Network – Guest Speaker – August 2019

  • Downtown Las Vegas Rotary – Guest Presenter – August 2019

  • Celebration of Life for Christopher Smith – Host Speaker – May 2019

  • Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn – Board Presenter – May 2019

  • Las Vegas Women – Guest Author / book signing – May 2019

  • Greater Good Council – Guest Author / Presenter – March 2019

  • Book Launch for Unwanted – March 2019

  • Greater Good Council – Guest Speaker – March 2019

Linda Smith Accolades and Awards

Active in various professional associations, Linda was named “Fundraising Executive of the Year” by the National Society of Fundraising Executives. She received the prestigious “Woman of Achievement” Award from the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce. The Nevada System of Higher education conferred the “Distinguished Nevadan” award for exceptional service to the State and Nation. Linda is a willing mentor to Nevada non-profits and to organizations across the globe who reach out to for her help. She recently received the “Best Buddies International Super Hero” Award and the “Key to the City of Las Vegas” in November of 2016. Linda is traveling across the globe in support of nonprofits in need. Her memoir UNWANTED and a series of “Linda’s Way” (to fundraising success) journals will be on bookshelves in late 2018.

See Some Of Linda Smith’s Clients