The Smith Family Foundation is a private grant-making Institution, founded in Trenton, NJ in 2016.

Smith Family Foundation

Our Story

In May of 2016, the Smith family — Pearlie Smith & her seven children — recived a substantial financial blessing. Blessed with a new opportunity, the family made it their collective mission to improve the quality of life for residents in their hometown – thus the Smith Family Foundation was born. While the foundation allows the Smiths to support their community in ways previously unimagined, the family is no stranger to philanthropy. The seeds for the foundation were planted decades ago in the South Side of Trenton, where Seamon and Pearlie Smith raised their children on values of hard work, love of God, and giving back. Living in an area plagued with poverty, dilapidated housing, and drugs. Pearlie made sure her children attended church and understood the importance of education in creating a better life – all while working as a paraprofessional for Trenton Public Schools. The influence of her example and the values she instilled is seen in the educational path and career choices of all of the Smith children. Despite circumstances, the son and daughters of Pearlie Smith have lived lives of service and excelled in their respective careers, having created community based programs, volunteered at local churches, and obtained degrees in their field or currently working toward one. With God at the forefront of their mission, the family plans to combine their individual talents and experience to transform lives in their community through the Smith Family Foundation.
founding principles

What Drives Our Organzation


Our mission is to empower our community, cultivate leaders and transform lives by providing funding and Transformative Leadership Development to Trenton based organizations.


To be the Standard for excellence in the nonprofit sector in Trenton and beyond. To impact the lives of thousands of youth and families in our city by supporting Trenton based organizations, faith-based organizations and churches.

Core Values


The Smith Family Foundation of New Jersey promotes educational excellence, seeking to assist students as they map their road to higher education.


We empower partnerships by providing funding and leadership development workshops that ensure the success and sustainability of their programs.


We know that the funding, education, and training of our partners can expand the reach and effectiveness of their programs, subsequently transforming more lives in our city.


We are dedicated to providing leadership training, funding and practical resources that local ministries can use to address the needs of the community's youth, family and culture.

Our Board Members

Harold Smith

Board Member

Teela Smith

Board Secretary

Jacqueline Hamilton

Board Member

Katherine N. Nunnally, MPA

Board Member and CEO

Seamon Smith

Board Vice Chair

Dr. Valerie Arthur

Board Chair

Tyrell Smith

Board Member

Marsha Moore

Board Member

Rene Idowu

Board Member

Pastor Pearlie M. Smith

Founder and Board Member
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No matter what stage, age, or season you find yourself in, we invite you to come just as you are and be part of this community of people who are striving together to walk out God’s purpose and plan for their lives!


407 West State StreetTrenton, NJ 08618

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday - 9:00am - 5:00 pmSaturdays & Sundays - Closed


407 West State StreetTrenton, NJ 08618

Service Times:

Monday - Friday - 9:00am - 5:00 pmSaturdays & Sundays - Closed

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