Fund-raising Seminars

 

 

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In addition to working as a fund-raising consultant, Jerry F. Smith, President and CEO, is a respected conference and convention speaker. Jerry believes in the continuous education of the development world, and he enjoys taking part in various speaking opportunities across the United States.

Jerry has conducted seminars on an assortment of fund-raising topics for:

  • PACnet (Paciolan)
  • Association for Christian School International (ACSI) Regional Conferences
  • Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) International and Regional Conferences
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International, Regional and State Conferences
  • AFP Chapter Luncheons Nationwide
  • Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District Conferences
  • State Street Global Advisors (SSgA) Conference
  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conferences
  • National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Conventions
  • The Annual Bridge Conferences
  • SUNYCUAD Conferences
  • Southeast Christian School Conventions
  • Client hosted workshops
  • Online Webinars

Jerry, along with other JFSG associates, has a wealth of knowledge to offer from their fund-raising experiences. The J.F. Smith Group invites you to take advantage of the opportunity to allow us to share our knowledge at your next meeting or conference.

If you are interested in bringing us to speak to your organizations, please contact the J.F. Smith Group at 334-502-5374 or susancrowe@jfsg.com

What our Clients are saying…

  • “We expected to accomplish a lot with our capital campaign, but one thing we did not expect was that our capacity for meaningful relationships with our families would increase so markedly.  The J.F. Smith Group delivered on their proven strategy to help us not just succeed in reaching our campaign’s financial goals, but also in establishing a fresh culture of productive relationships with our families and other constituents.  It’s great to build the Kingdom by building relationships, and the J.F. Smith Group is helping us do that.”

    Rick Yost
    Superintendent Fredericksburg Christian School
  • “One thing I’ve learned is that institutions, over time, become the extended shadow of their leader. Jerry F. Smith is the consummate professional in fund-raising. He has many, many years of experience, and he’s learned a lot of valuable lessons that make him, and his organization, the best there is.  We have partnered with JFSG for two successful campaigns.”

    Jerry Reeder
    Headmaster Whitesburg Christian Academy
  • “The J. F. Smith Group has been great to work with!  They conducted a very thorough and accurate feasibility study, leading us to an appropriate financial goal for our capital campaign.  They have a very well thought out process that led us to success in our campaign efforts, during which we raised over $10.3 million!  They have been at this for a long time and have a stellar record in helping schools reach their goals.  I can think of no better partner when undertaking something as significant as a capital campaign.”

    Todd Clingman
    Head of School North Cobb Christian School
  • “Jerry has built a tremendous team. This experienced group of advancement professionals proved themselves to be extremely knowledgeable, and they worked tirelessly with our staff and board to raise the expectations of what was possible. The quality of Jerry’s training has been key to our fund-raising strategy.”

    John Crawford
    Vice President of Institutional Advancement Valdosta State University
  • “I have worked closely with Jerry Smith and the J.F. Smith Group for over seven years (and two campaigns), and I have found their services and expertise to be invaluable. Jerry and his team are incredibly responsive and goal oriented.  They do a tremendous job building a blueprint for success and have assisted us in reaching our goals by training staff and monitoring the progress of every aspect of our fund-raising efforts.  I highly recommend the J.F. Smith Group to any organization!”

    Dan Grigg
    Vice President for Advancement Indiana Institute of Technology
  • “To the J. F. Smith Group:  Wow, Wow, Wow!  You are the third campaign counsel I have worked with, and you are leaving the other folks in the dust in terms of task-readiness, tools for success, and your staffing model.  I can assure you this level of campaign counsel is far beyond the industry standard.  If we follow the plan, we will be postured for smashing success in SAU’s first comprehensive campaign.  This campaign is truly deepening and furthering the reach of our beloved school; this is very exciting!”

    Katherine Simms Berry
    Senior Advisor to Institutional Advancement Southern Arkansas University
  • “Our partnership with the J.F. Smith Group truly changed the game for South Carolina State University Athletics fundraising and exceeded all of our expectations.  The exceptional services, strategic guidance and professional advice that we received not only allowed us to launch the first ever athletics major gift initiative in the history of the university, they allowed us to exceed our working goal of $1.78M and our vision goal of $2M.”

    Stacy L. Danley, II
    Director of Athletics South Carolina State University

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