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Dermont Smith

Senior Consultant

“Philanthropy involves positively impacting others through generosity. As I think of my work with clients, I am most passionate about genuinely helping them to transform their communities by assisting with the balance of planning and action, implementing a goal review system, and becoming a valuable resource when they face challenges.”

Areas of Expertise

Human Services, Faith-Based Organizations, Education, Campaign Strategy, and Case Development

About Dermont Smith

Dermont is known for being a great listener who is dedicated to his clients, and someone who develops solutions that match his clients’ and donors’ needs. He defines his success by making a difference in other people’s lives.

As he approaches each project, Dermont seeks to:

  • Show his passion, enthusiasm, and genuine interest for clients and their organization’s fundraising needs
  • Constantly explore new ways to be of greater service and value to clients
  • Use intuition to discern clients’ underlying needs, in addition to what’s visible on the surface
  • Help clients to examine what they are doing in light of their intentions, balancing logic and emotion, while on a collaborative journey

Prior to joining Collins, Dermont served as the National Director of the Middle Donor Team at World Vision for ten years. In this role, he was responsible for directing and managing a team focused on donors of $2,000 to $25,000, which nearly tripled annual revenue over that decade. Dermont is credited with creating World Vision’s first-ever moves management system used by middle and major gift officers through which he witnessed firsthand the power of data and analytics in fundraising. The program’s success led Dermont to train and share best practices with World Vision fundraising teams in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Recently, Dermont played an integral role in helping to prepare his team at World Vision to participate in a soon-to-be-launched $1 billion campaign.

Dermont currently serves on the board of the Tacoma Urban League, where he has created a fundraising and development plan for the organization. He is also a regular volunteer with New Horizons Organization, partnering with Seattle’s homeless youth as they work towards sustainability. Dermont attended Marshall University and majored in Business Administration.