Speaker Bio

Allen Smart

Principal of PhilanthropywoRx

Funding Excellent Healthcare

Allen Smart is a national spokesperson and advocate for improving philanthropic practice under his group –PhilanthropywoRx. He recently completed a role as the Project Director for a national rural philanthropic project supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. He regularly consults with regional and national foundations on rural and philanthropic strategies. He also recently served as the Interim Executive Director for The Foundation for a Healthy High Point. Allen is the former Interim President, Vice President of Programs, and Director of the Health Care Division at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust- a $700 million statewide North Carolina funder. Prior to coming to the Trust in 2006, Allen was the Vice President of Programs at the Rapides Foundation, a healthcare conversion funder, in Alexandria, Louisiana. He has also served as Director of Community Development for a midwestern Catholic Hospital System and as Grants Administrator for the City of Santa Monica, California. Allen received his Master of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago, his Master of Arts in Telecommunication Arts from the University of Michigan, and his Bachelors in Arts in Philosophy from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. As part of his personal and professional interest in philanthropy, Allen regularly writes for sites such as The Daily Yonder, Inside Philanthropy, Grantcraft, and GivingCompass, as well as presenting to national and regional organizations like Grantmakers in Health, Southeastern Council of Foundations, National Rural Assembly and the federal Office of Rural Health Policy. He is a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Rural Resource Hub at The University of North Dakota, the Board of Directors for Healthy Communities by Design, and the Board of the North Carolina Healthcare Association Foundation. He was previously the selection committee chair for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation national Culture of Health Prize.

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