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Congratulations to Valdosta State University

Campaign Goal: $53,250,000 Total Gifts and Pledges: $62,100,000 Invest. Ignite. Inspire. was Valdosta State University’s first-ever comprehensive capital campaign. The original campaign working goal was set for $43,250,000; however, after an amazing response at the onset of the campaign, and a $17 million estate gift (the largest in the university’s history), the decision was made…

Don’t Make Assumptions

It’s only natural for most of us. When you see someone you instantly start making assumptions. We’ve all been warned about judging a book by its cover. In this video Jerry relates a story on why we shouldn’t make assumptions in the business of fund-raising either.

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Message from Jerry For 29 years, associates of the J.F. Smith Group have been instrumental in assisting clients reach their fund-raising goals – and we continue to do so in these unprecedented times! With so much uncertainty surrounding our communities right now, we would like to share with you just a few of the success…

Celebrations- Week of July 6, 2020

Houston Academy in Dothan, AL, is at 90% of Campaign Goal  – and Still Counting! In the fall of 2019, Houston Academy launched Strong Foundation + Building the Future to raise money for extensive school renovations and enhancements. Just nine months later, the school has received more than $9,562,000 in gifts and pledges toward its…

A Dog Story About Fund Raising

One thing every good fund raiser knows is that you never overlook any prospective donor. Treat everyone the same, and don’t take anyone for granted. In this short video, Jerry relates a story about a donor with a passion for animals. She had no relationship to the organization other than a common love for animals.…