“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.
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.