The Christopher Smith Foundation Relocates Headquarters to the Las Vegas Ranch
As part of the Collaboration Center Foundation’s disability network, the foundation joins other Southern Nevada providers, agencies, and non-profits serving those with different and unique abilities, as well as their families
LAS VEGAS – The Christopher Smith Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting professional caregivers for people with profound disabilities, has moved to The Las Vegas Ranch at 8390 West Windmill Lane, home of the Collaboration Center Foundation. Expanding the foundation’s reach and capabilities, The Christopher Smith Foundation joins the Collaboration Center Foundation’s disability network of providers, agencies, and nonprofits serving those with different and unique abilities, as well as their families, throughout Southern Nevada.
Author, public speaker, fundraising consultant and disability advocate, Linda Smith, launched The Christopher Smith Foundation (CSF) with her family in 2019 in effort to support the caregiving community. Established in her son’s name, CSF is dedicated to supporting family caregivers and members of the professional caregiving field who care for vulnerable citizens. The organization’s mission is to provide opportunities to advance caregivers’ interests and enthusiasm while ensuring they feel unconditionally appreciated. The foundation was created by Smith and her son, Jason, to express their heartfelt gratitude to the caregiving community on Chris’s behalf, and commemorate the impact his life had across the globe through the Smith family’s lifelong career of fundraising and advocacy efforts for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“Collaboration Center Foundation is truly excited to partner with the Christopher Smith Foundation in supporting caregivers of individuals living with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities of all ages. Collaboration Center is creating the largest disability network by working with other disability related nonprofits, providers and government agencies to build community programs to reach more people in need,” said Lynda Tache, president and CEO of Collaboration Center Foundation. “Being a caregiver is one of the most overwhelming and overlooked positions in the family dynamic and CSF is taking the lead in making sure caregivers are recognized and supported for their commitment and dedication to caring for loved ones living with disabilities. It takes a village, and we look forward to working with CSF in building an even greater legacy for our families in Nevada.”
The foundation benefits caregivers whether they are family members, volunteers, professionals or the next generation of caregivers. The foundation provides respite, mini-staycations and pampering services for family members who care for the profoundly vulnerable; recruits dedicated, encouraging and positive volunteers who support a range of needs and understand the vital services of caregiving professionals; and offers scholarship opportunities to encourage the best in care. In addition to the programs, The Christopher Smith Foundation currently honors caregivers for their exceptional care with the Caregiver of the Month Awards.
All proceeds from Smith’s debut memoir, “Unwanted: How a Mother Learned to Turn Shame, Grief and Fear into Purpose, Passion and Empowerment,” and her upcoming novel launching in January 2022, “Confessions of a Sin City Fundraiser,” benefit The Christopher Smith Foundation.
For more information and to donate to The Christopher Smith Foundation, visit https://www.christophersmithfoundation.org/.
About Linda Smith
Author, speaker and nonprofit consultant, Linda Smith is recognized as a fundraising icon within the Las Vegas community and across the globe. After 38 years of leading one of the largest and well-known nonprofit organizations in Las Vegas, Smith launched a consulting business in 2016 as a way to connect donors with deserving charities, while providing visionary ideas and various fundraising approaches for nonprofits. Inspired by her eldest son, Smith was led to establish The Christopher Smith Foundation in her son’s name, and author her first book. “Unwanted”: How a Mother Learned to Turn Shame, Grief and Fear into Purpose, Passion and Empowerment, chronicles how her life as a childhood abuse survivor and mother of a disabled son inspired her to become an advocate for people with disabilities within the nonprofit world. Her second book, Confessions of a Sin City Fundraiser: How a former showgirl found her passion and raised half a billion dollars for Las Vegas charities, recounts her unconventional experiences raising money for Las Vegas charities and launches January 2022. Visit http://lindaslife.com/ for more information, and follow her at @livelindaslife on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.