Our Story

The Mission For the glory of God we steward our Founder’s legacy, wisely investing in Christian churches and non-profits where they effectively share the Gospel, bringing hope and healing to our broken world.

Our Values
Joyful
We have been given so much, we give from an overflow of joyful gratitude
Discerning
We pray for wisdom to discern which grantees are most aligned with our mission, effective in their work and measurable in their outcomes
Faithful
We deeply desire to remain true to the Gospel and the vision of our founder
Each of us should be an expression of God’s love—by the way we live and by the way we give.
Harold C. Smith

Harold C. Smith was born in the Bronx in 1934, where he was raised to value hard work, simple living and generosity toward others. He attended the prestigious Bronx Science High School. His aptitude for learning earned him a bachelor’s degree from Ursinus College, Master of Business Administration Degree from New York University, and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, where he was ordained. Harold received two Honorary Doctorates, one in economics from Ursinus College and one in Humanics from Springfield College. Harold’s acumen as a businessman and investor and devotion to Christ’s Kingdom equipped him for a half-century in dual careers: as the Chief Investment Officer of the YMCA Retirement Fund, and as the voluntary pastor of the Unity Hill Church in Connecticut.

The Harold C. Smith Foundation was approved as a private foundation in September 2015. The Foundation was launched in 2017 under the auspices of Board Members and Program Managers, working together to continue Harold Smith’s legacy of careful stewardship and impactful grant-making in keeping with his mission, vision and areas of focus.