Smith Family Foundation

Smith Family Foundation


Over the years, Vic and Karen Smith have supported many different causes in many different communities. The Smith Family Foundation was created to ensure donations were being maximized to meet community needs. In addition, the Foundation was organized to offer scholarship opportunities to the dependents of JV Smith Companies’ employees.

The Smith Family Foundation is proud to have supported Amberly’s Place, KIDS CuddleKit Closet, YMCA Yuma, YRMC Foundation-School Drive and Youth Initiative, Yuma Catholic High School, Yuma Community Food Bank and the Yuma County Science Fair.

The Smith Family Foundation is comprised of Vic Smith, Karen Smith, Kristen Smith Eshaya and Terre Catanzaro. This team looks forward to supporting community causes for many years to come.



Would you like to volunteer or donate to one of the causes that JV Smith Companies supports?  

Check out a few of these amazing organizations:


Alzheimer's Association, Yuma Branch – advocacy group for research and awareness of the different types, symptoms, and stages of Alzheimer’s.


Amberly’s Place – family advocacy center dedicated to helping victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and elder abuse by providing services such as crisis intervention, medical evaluation, mental health referrals and taped interviews for court documentation.


K.I.D.S. CuddleKit Closet – organization dedicated to providing kindness and love to kids who need it most.


The Foundation of YRMC Back to School drive - program that provides less fortunate children throughout Yuma County with the necessary school supplies and backpacks to start the new school year off right.


United Way of Yuma County - Impact Fund - provides funding to member agency programs for health and human services. The funding is determined related to Impact Areas as identified through the Measuring What Matters Community Assessment.


Yuma Community Food Bank - emergency and supplemental food programs that have an educational and a nutritional component for families throughout Yuma County.


Yuma County 4-H - youth development organization committed to giving youth the opportunity to gain life skills in order to become successful, contributing members of society.


Future Citizens Foundation – organization dedicated to offering young people of Monterrey County opportunities for a better future.


Boys & Girls Club of Monterrey County – after school center with a mission to inspire and empower the youth of Monterey County to realize their full potential to become responsible, healthy, productive and successful citizens.


Monterrey County 4-H - Our mission is to engage youth in reaching their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.


Cancer Patient’s Alliance – organization focused on improving health outcomes for cancer patients through cancer education, addressing health disparities and enabling cancer patients and their families to become active partners in their medical care.


Geffen Playhouse – Los Angeles based theater dedicated to bringing world-class productions to the West Coast and using those productions to help high school students from underserved areas be able to better write, analyze, and express themselves.



La Puente – provides food, shelter, and advocacy for the homeless and community members in crisis to meet immediate needs and to empower people to live independently with dignity.



tgen - medical research institute dedicated to conducting groundbreaking research to unravel the genetic components of common and complex diseases, including cancer, neurological disorders, infectious disease, and rare childhood disorders so that medicine can become more rational, more precise and more personal.