“It seems that all that Lerii Smith and her team at Project Partners touches, turns to gold.”
Dr. David Sampson, President & CEO, Property Casualty Insurers Association
Lerii F. Smith, CFRE, President of Project Partners, Inc., has dedicated her 34-year career to exceeding goals.
She has designed and developed fundraising programs resulting in millions of dollars of contributions and in-kind donations of products, services and media. She has facilitated the work of more than 250 volunteer task forces, committees and boards of directors, and managed more than 1000 influential events. Lerii has built scores of new community programs, and communicated and coordinated directly with hundreds of internal and external audiences, for the benefit of a myriad of worthwhile causes.
Lerii brings 23 years of consulting experience, serving more than fifty distinguished organizations to date - the majority of which Project Partners serves for multiple years and/or for multiple projects. Prior experience to founding Project Partners includes serving as a Director of Local Business Development for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce within the Economic Development Division, a Regional Director and Development Director for the American Heart Association, and a Community Education/Community Engagement Specialist for the Texas Cooperative Extension Service in Taylor and Blanco Counties.
Lerii is a 1983 honors graduate of Texas Tech University’s College of Human Sciences, and was named a Distinguished Alumna of that college in 2006. Lerii currently consults, speaks, writes and directs a talented, committed team of professionals providing personable, dependable, results-oriented consulting and project management services for public, private, and nonprofit organizations who make a difference in our community.
Lerii and her husband of 32 years, Steve, have two children, ages 24 and 27. She volunteers for her church, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the Association of Fundraising Professionals and numerous other nonprofit and educational boards and committees.
*The CFRE, Certified Fund Raising Executive, is a professional designation from the Association of Fundraising Professionals earned through experience, success and tested knowledge. Lerii is one of only 5000 fundraisers world-wide to receive this designation.