2017-10-11 / Local News

Development and donor relations director for KNOW(2) hired

KNOW(2) announced today that it has hired Lori Ann Smith as Development Director to engage in resource development and donor relations. Smith will play an integral role in advancing the mission of KNOW(2) by developing donor strategies and increasing fundraising opportunities.

KNOW(2) addresses the challenges identified in the 2009 Cherokee County Community Indicators study by bringing together individuals and organizations to promote a growth mindset and to transform the county. Teams of community volunteers work on vital initiatives related to education, economic development, health, crime, safety and family enrichment. Priorities such as early language and literacy through the “Talk to Me” program and “BGEN” our business incubator for new businesses in need of workspace and development expertise are just two of the ways KNOW(2) is making a difference in Cherokee County.

Prior to joining KNOW(2), Smith held a management role for Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island and assisted small and mid-sized companies and non-profit organizations in growing their enterprises.

Although not a native of South Carolina, Smith has spent nearly 20 years expanding her knowledge of improving socioeconomic boundaries through education.

“KNOW(2) has shown itself to be an innovator and a leader in the area of education, economic development and public health initiatives. KNOW(2)’s mission and the team I am working with made it an easy choice,” Smith said. “ I am excited to be a part of KNOW(2) and look forward to working closely with Cherokee County community leaders to secure funding for vital programs.”

Robin Reed, Executive Director at KNOW(2), said, “KNOW(2) has grown tremendously over the past few years and with the addition of Lori Ann, we can continue to expand our community initiatives to better serve our mission to change mindsets and improve quality of life in Cherokee County. Lori Ann will play an integral role in that continued growth and outreach.”

Lori Ann can be reached at Lori@know2cherokee.com

Her salary is being funded by a grant.

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