Alison Smith

Alison is the technical wiz of the office. The list of programs and apps she knows is a mile long. Convio, Concur and Crystal Reports are just the beginning. There’s also Kronos, Oracle, PowerPoint and Publisher. She’s a pro at donor and fundraising software like Blackbaud, Raiser’s Edge and MemberPlanet, thanks to her background in nonprofit fundraising.

She spent six years at the American Diabetes Association’s Charlotte office as associate manager of community health strategies. In that role, she managed the Healthy Kids: Preventing Type 2 Diabetes program and recruited companies and community organizations to participate in ADA events such as “National Healthy Lunch Day” and “National Get Fit, Don’t Sit Day.”

Prior to her work at the ADA, she served as The Lynnwood Foundation development department’s operations manager. (The Lynnwood Foundation is more commonly known as The Duke Mansion and The Lee Institute.) Alison was the primary contact for all donors, and she coordinated activities for donors at the $350 to $2,500 levels. Among the events she planned was the inaugural donor trip to Newport, RI.

The Charlotte native graduated from Denison University and earned a certification in meeting and event planning from UNC Charlotte.

But wait; there’s more!

Growing up, Alison was a year-round competitive swimmer who swore she’d never run for fun. But in February 2016, she set a goal to run a 5K. After completing the Couch to 5K training program, she started exercising with Females in Action (FiA) and developed a love for running. One year since her first race, Alison has completed eight races, and one was the Palmetto70, a 70-mile relay race from Moncks Corner to Charleston.