Fred Smith joined the Community Foundation in July of 2016. He is the Director of Grants & Partnerships. He holds an associate of science degree from Southern Union Community College, a bachelor’s degree in marketing and a master’s degree in public administration from Jacksonville State University. Fred is also a graduate of the Alabama Association of Not-for-Profit Executive Leadership certificate program. He completed the Essential Skills & Strategies for New Grantmakers in 2016.
Fred is an expert in all things grants. Prior to joining the Community Foundation he served as a grant reviewer, grant applicant, grant recipient and grants manager. In training not-for-profit organizations the grant process, he speaks from experience.
As the Director of Grants & Partnerships, Fred manages all competitive grants for the Community Foundation and partnerships such as the E2 Program for Education and Employment and the Open Spaces Sacred Places Project which celebrates the 100 year anniversary of Susie Parker Stringfellow’s will. Fred also serves on the board of Nature Sacred in Annapolis, MD.
Fred serves on the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama Roundtable, a group that gives young civic and business leaders the opportunity to study issues and government policy in Alabama. On a national level he has participated in Foundations on the Hill held annually in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Fred was a member of the faculty for Gadsden State Community College. Later he served as the Director of Jacksonville State University’s Community Wellness Program.
Fred met his lovely wife Rochelle while they both attended Jacksonville State University. They have two daughters, Eden and Zion, and they reside in Jacksonville Al.