Anne Smith offers clients nearly two decades of not-for-profit fundraising, campaign management, board development and institutional advancement experience. She has a strong expertise in building major gift programs and developing solicitation strategies that capitalize on board member relationships.
Anne began her development career at the American Medical Association Foundation (AMAF), where she spent over 10 years in positions of increasing responsibility including managing a $10 million major gift campaign from the silent phase to its conclusion. She solicited gifts and recruited and trained physician members on major gift fundraising, giving them the tools to engage in this peer-to-peer fundraising campaign.
Following the campaign, she built AMA Foundation’s annual giving program and later, expanded their ongoing major gift program, incorporating planned giving and endowment funds to grow the organization as Development and Planned Giving Director. She applied her experience at the Greater Chicago Food Depository to establish their major gift program and as Director of Development at Reading In Motion, an early childhood education nonprofit, where she expanded the board by 66% while dramatically increasing their fundraising participation.
Throughout her career, Anne has been an actor and singer in Chicago theatres and has toured across the country. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Western Illinois University. She has completed nonprofit management coursework from Northwestern University, North Park University and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).