With assistance from the Huntsville Community Foundation, CEO Jan Smith founded the CAP & GOWN Project Fund to provide college access opportunities to underrepresented high school students. The Foundation translated Ms. Smith’s passion for local youth education in the Huntsville/Madison County community into a funding vehicle that allows other donors to help as well. With a clear vision of what this effort could do for these students, Ms. Smith put her own resources to work and received generous support from others to launch an independent nonprofit agency.
Jan Smith’s Passion – “There is a great sense of fulfillment that comes with knowing that when I had a chance to make a difference, I took that step.” Ms. Smith’s philanthropic goals focus on improving quality of life in our community and helping the families and companies that support Redstone Arsenal (RSA). The Community Foundation helps her connect with regional and national nonprofit organizations that advance quality of life initiatives throughout the Greater Huntsville area. As a result, Ms. Smith sees more families choosing to live, work, and play in our community and support critical programs at RSA.
“Today, I am able to support diverse causes with great flexibility. I’m able to see the impact of each gift and new opportunities that can make a difference in our community,” said Ms. Smith.
The Community Foundation provides resources, recommendations and opportunities that encourage the missions of worthy nonprofit organizations focused on expanding Huntsville area tourism, improving quality of life for those who are in need, and enhancing education to maximize our students’ potential.
CAP&GOWN will be awarding the Jan Smith Award to others in the future who demonstrate a high level of generosity and passion for supporting our mission