Gid H. Smith Community Room

The nonprofit meeting space at the Community Foundation is dedicated to the memory of Gid H. Smith (1941-2017).

Gid Hardin Smith was a beloved community servant, innovative social entrepreneur, and the visionary behind the creation of the modern Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.

Trained and ordained as a Methodist minister, Gid felt a powerful call to serve the basic, human needs of all Memphians. As co-executive director of the Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA) for almost two decades, he built that agency into the most transformative social service agency in the city.

Gid left MIFA in 1989 to become the second president of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. During his 17-year tenure here, he inspired hundreds of Memphians to invest in their community, driving the foundation's assets from $20 million to $280 million and building one of the largest community foundations in the nation.

Gid loved life, he treasured his fellow Memphians, but above all, he loved to laugh. He knew that laughter brightens the good work that we do and pierces the resolve of our adversaries.

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and the broader Memphis community will be forever enriched by Gid's wisdom, creativity, and drive to serve all our neighbors.