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Stuart R. Smith, CFRE, FAHP, Consulting Associate

photo of Stuart R. Smith Stu has over 40 years of experience in resource development; more than 35 years in significant leadership roles in managing hospital and health system foundations. Prior to forming his consulting practice and affiliating with BBI, Stu served as president and CEO of the Banner Health Foundation, Arizona. Stu served as executive director of the Shadyside Hospital Foundation in Pittsburgh and as director of community relations and development at United Hospital in New York.

Stu’s development and management experience ranges from organizing start-up development programs, capital campaigns to engineering major gift initiatives exceeding $100 million and creating foundations for fund raising. He has been an executive with the Boy Scouts in New Jersey and New York as well as associate director, development for Canisius College and director of development for Kenmore Mercy Hospital, both in western NY.

Stu's development experience also includes youth services and higher education, ranging from organizing start-up development programs to engineering major gift initiatives exceeding $100 million. He has been an executive with the Boy Scouts in New Jersey and New York as well as associate director, development for Canisius College and director of development for Kenmore Mercy Hospital.

Stu served as chair of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) from 2002-2003. Was a founding and faculty member for the AHP Institute for Healthcare Philanthropy at the University of Wisconsin and was on the advisory council and faculty for the Postgraduate program for Fund Raising Management at Adelphi University. He served six years as chair of AHP’s Board of Certification, is a founding board member of Certified Fund Raising Executive International (CFRE) and a member of AHP’s Past Chair’s Advisory Council.

Stu’s presentations include: “Capital Campaigns”, “Leadership Firsthand”; “Taking Fundraising Seriously”; “How to get the Best Board & the Best from Them”; “Surviving and Thriving”; “Keys to the Kingdom-Major Gifts & the Hospital Team” and the “Rx for Engaging Physicians.” The driving force behind AHP’s benchmarking program, in 2005 he published “Performance Benchmarking: Lessons on using performance benchmarks to maximize fundraising results” in Expanding the Role of Philanthropy in Health Care.

Stu’s awards include the Si Seymour Award, AHP’s international honors award, AHP’s Award of Excellence for Capital Campaigns, and the “Outstanding Executive Fund Raiser” Award by the Greater Arizona Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He received the Linda Vollstedt Award for service & leadership in women’s sports from the Phoenix LPGA Tournament and the Boy Scout adult service award, the Silver Beaver from the Grand Canyon Council.

He served in mentor programs for the Arizona Chapter of AFP, the Arizona Planned Gift Roundtable and the Piper/ASU Lodestar Capacity Building Program.

He was President and board member of the Phoenix Crisis Nursery and founding and Emeritus member of their Foundation. Stu has a B.A. from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pennsylvania and a graduate of Stanford Executive Program, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University and the AHP Executive Management Institute at Duke University. Stu enjoys golf, fly fishing and with his wife, Nancy, their two children’s families and eight grandchildren.