Brooke Webb Smith
Memorial Fund

Purpose for the fundIf you knew Brooke Webb Smith one of the first things you noticed was her passion for learning and for passing along that knowledge to anyone who would listen. She was an avid reader, often having several books on the go at one time. She listened to all types of music and would try virtually anything once – maybe twice.

Her passion was infectious. She had a way of entertaining, informing, and motivating people that was rare. This passion was easy to recognize and it is what made many love her on a single meeting.

For Brooke, marketing was not just a career. She truly loved it. 

Brooke realized that to be successful in marketing she needed to be hungry. She needed to search for answers and find ways to put things into practice, with her own flair. Some of the things she tried did not pan out – that day – but rest assured, somewhere down the line they would. Other times, she was right on the money with the best idea in the room and was leading the charge with her fellow marketers. That is just the way she lived life and it carried over to her work.

After working for a few companies, she realized that there were limited resources available for marketers to learn what they need to know. She often said that it was unfair that salespeople have methodologies and classes, developers have continuing education with new language releases, and consultants routinely go to training. Yet rarely are marketers encouraged to go and sharpen their skills.
 
Brooke felt very strongly that this was wrong and it needed to be fixed.

This fund is established to help Brooke be the change for what she saw was missing.
We are raising money so hungry marketing professionals, like Brooke, can obtain funding for their own continuing education. This is not intended to replace the investment that employers should be spending on their marketing professionals but rather to provide some seed money to keep the investment going. Brooke felt that once a marketer can deliver back to the company it is reasonable to expect the company will start giving back.


About Brooke

If you knew Brooke you would have experienced her love of life and all those people in it. You would have laughed until you cried and you would have welcomed her next visit. You would have scratched your head at something she said and often found in time what she was saying made sense. She had a unique quality that few people possess.

What you did not know is that Brooke suffered with an auto-immune disease that caused incredible pain day and night. She suffered largely in silence. She felt if she told people they would think differently of her and that her work would not be taken as seriously.

She came to realize that this thinking caused some of her problems and made it harder for her to get relief.

At a critical point in her illness, Brooke worked with a friend to document her story. It is a story that very few people knew. But she knew that in some way it could be used to help others.


Sadly, one month after the story was written Brooke’s disease, and the pain that came with it, ended her life. While this was the end for a very dear friend, it does not have to be the end of her spirit.

Please give some consideration in donating to this fund. It will be used to help marketing professionals learn new skills, try out different techniques and generally be better employees. Who knows, maybe will can encourage more risk taking and more advancement in our marketing community.

Brooke would love that.


The above Memorial Fund is established as a division of Charitysmith Nonprofit Foundation (EIN 87-0636433).  All donations are tax deductable in accordance with federal tax law.  Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Please consisder asking if your employer participates in a gift-matching program. If so, your dontaction may be matched by your employer.

For questions regarding your donation or the administration of this memorial fund please contact CharitySmith.