Author, speaker and non-profit 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 non-profit 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 non-profits. 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 non-profit world.


  • ‘Take adversity and help it be a teaching moment.’
  • ‘Your life is in your control.’
  • You can overcome your back story.’
  • ‘No is not an option.’
  • ‘No is the beginning of negotiations.’

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