Appearances & Interviews

Allen Smart is a nationally recognized speaker and facilitator, known for his provocative and challenging perspectives on the world of philanthropy. A representative sample of presentations includes the following:

  • “Why Aren’t Foundations more Innovative and Risk-Taking?”
  • “The New World of Healthcare Conversion Foundations”
  • "How to Develop Work of Interest to Private Foundations”
  • “What Does the Future of Philanthropy Look Like?"
  • “The 10 Tenets of Effective Rural Philanthropy”
  • “Building a Field of Rural Philanthropy”
  • “How Communications, Strategy and Evaluation Merge in Rural Foundation Work”
  • “How Foundations Can Begin Their Rural Learning Journey”
  • “Equity - It's a Rural Issue Too!”
  • “How Healthcare Can Step Outside Its Walls”
  • “How Churches Can Step Outside Their Walls”

Allen regularly presents before individual foundations, national non-profits, state-based funder groups, national Philanthropy Serving Organizations and multi-state regional funder associations.

Recent Engagements

  • Intermountain West Funders Network Gathering — April 26, 2019, Colorado Springs, CO
  • Center for Effective Philanthropy Biennial Meeting — May 8, 2019, Minneapolis, MN
  • Federal Private/Public Annual funder meeting — May 30, 2019, Washington, DC
  • GlobalMindED Annual Meeting — June 5, 2019, Denver, Colorado
  • National Conference for Growing Community Foundations — October 28, 2019, Wichita, KS
  • American Association of Land-Grant Public Universities — November 11, 2019 San Diego, CA
  • New Mexico Grantmakers Annual Meeting — November 13, 2019 Albuquerque, NM
  • Upswell (Independent Sector) Annual Meeting — November 15, 2019 Chicago, IL
  • Annual Summit of the Root Cause Coalition — October 4-6, 2020, Kansas City

Upcoming Events

  • Philanthropy Northwest Rural Webinar Series -  March 16, April 14, May 12, June 16, September 15, and November 9, 2022
  • National Institute on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas -  Nacogdoches, TX,  July 11-12, 2022
  • National Conference for Growing Community Foundations - Wichita, KS, October 12-14, 2022

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