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"I've had the distinct pleasure of working with Dave Smith and The David Group through small and large projects.  Dave’s great experience in organizational and human development have been huge assets to achieving impact and outstanding results.  In every instance, The David Group team demonstrated its special ability to solve root problems with efficiency while developing new opportunities that not only helped us achieve our goals but advance them."


Jay Paris

Director of Youth Link 
Director of Program Development
North American Family Institute


"My organization was looking for a search firm to help us recruit our first major gifts professional to work with our network of 250 nonprofit news organizations.  I was really impressed with Dave because of the questions he asked about our needs.  He brought up several criteria that I had not considered.  After we engaged him, we received a level of personalized service that was above and beyond expectations.  I'm a tough client with high expectations and Dave delivered.  It was truly a partnership endeavor to find and recruit the right candidate and we were able to achieve that goal within the target time frame.  Dave's expertise certainly goes beyond development, I would hire him again for his vast knowledge of nonprofit leadership."  


Fran Scarlett

Chief Knowledge Officer

Institute for Nonprofit News

"It has been my distinct pleasure and privilege to call Dave Smith a friend for 16 years.  I met Dave when I joined the Board of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City in 2004 when Dave was President and CEO.  His leadership skills in making the Clubs one of the premier

Boys & Girls Clubs organizations in the country were exemplary.  I had the pleasure of working with Dave not only as a Board Member but as a Board Chair, Board Treasurer, and serving on many campaign and fundraising committees.  After 25 years leading the Clubs in Kansas City, Dave retired and embarked on his new career as a consultant for non-profits across the nation providing a full spectrum of services based on his long time success in this sector.  Dave helped me formulate the genesis for the current Legacy Campaign, for which I now serve as Chairman, to help ensure the long-term future of the Clubs in our community.  Dave is serving as Campaign Consultant for our $10.3 million campaign and has been instrumental in our success.  In fact we would not have even considered such a lofty goal for the campaign without Dave’s leadership and guidance.


I would strongly encourage any non-profits needing assistance with various projects or functions, including  fundraising campaigns or resource development initiatives to utilize Dave’s expertise.  He is truly one of the best in the business."


Terry Wilson

Senior Vice President/Investments, Portfolio Manager-Solutions Program, Branch Manager


LEGACY CAMPAIGN, Chairman, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City

"I have known Dave for nearly 20 years, having worked with him as a consultant and colleague. He is a consummate professional of impeccable integrity. Dave's decades of nonprofit management and fundraising experience uniquely qualify him to help your nonprofit tackle its challenges."


Matthew J. Beem, PhD, CFRE

Chairman & CEO

Hartsook Fundraising Counsel Worldwide


"I've worked alongside Dave and The David Group on multiple projects at various levels and am always amazed at the mindfulness Dave takes to set obtainable and impactful goals.  Dave has an innate ability to look outside the box to solve roadblocks small and large organizations face."


Mary Helen Preston


Preston's Station Historic District


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