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About The Carolyn Smith Foundation

The Carolyn Smith Foundation was founded in 2016 to celebrate the life of Carolyn Smith. She and her husband, Randy started Smith Travel Research (STR), the leader in hospitality data analytics, in Hendersonville, Tennessee in 1985. 

Carolyn is remembered for her strategic mind and strong drive for excellence that was equally matched by her kindness and compassion for those around her. She achieved a great deal in her lifetime, all of which was motivated by a burning desire to make this world a better place for all. The Board of the Carolyn Smith Foundation shares that desire and aims to invest in organizations that better communities locally, nationally, and globally. 

Areas of Focus

We support 501(c)3 organizations in the following areas of focus: Animals, Arts and Culture, Education, Environment, Health, Human Services, and Military/Veterans.

We do not support organizations that discriminate based on age, race, religion, gender, ethnicity, or orientation. 


Arts & Culture




Human Services


Contact Us

If you are involved with a 501(c)(3) organization that you believe fits within the mission of the Carolyn Smith Foundation, and you would like to connect, please complete this form with a brief description of your organization and/or project.