Timeline

CHARITYSMITH’s founder Brooks Rohlen, MD retires after 20 years as president of the Board of Directors. Rachel Ward Rohlen advances from Executive Director to President and Ashley Galleher is promoted to Executive Director.
CHARITYSMITH distributes over $500K in scholarships, over the course of the year.
CHARITYSMITH continues to grow. The website undergoes a complete redesign to accommodate growth and respond to the needs of our memorial fund administrators.
CHARITYSMITH cares for over 80 memorial funds, including 65 created in the last three years. Exponential growth continues into the new decade as more people initiate memorial funds.
Rachel Ward hired as Executive Director to oversee and manage continued growth and demand.
CHARITYSMITH receives recognition as a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation in the state of California. The Utah nonprofit is merged with the California nonprofit. The EIN remains the same.
CHARITYSMITH changes its tagline to “good lives, well remembered”, reflecting its expanding mission and purpose as a foundation.
Inaugural Squaw Valley Prom is held at Olympic Plaza. The event sells out and the night hits legendary proportions in local and national media. Another CHARITYSMITH tradition is created.
Anton W. Bakker Memorial Fund is created by his close-knit group of friends. The idea evolves during numerous discussions at Les Chamois in Squaw Valley, where in the afterglow of days spent skiing, Anton’s memory and absence would at times rise to the surface.
The Douglas F. Smith Memorial Foundation changes its name to CHARITYSMITH Nonprofit Foundation reflecting two key principles: retention of the name “Smith” in the title of the foundation, and the concept of a CHARITYSMITH as one who works with charity in much the same way that a blacksmith works with iron or a goldsmith with gold.

CHARITYSMITH introduces its tagline, “What will we build together?”, reflecting a desire to assist others as they honor the memory of loved ones.

Duke Peterson Memorial Fund is created by his former teammates and competitors who have gathered together at the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. Mops & Pops Memorial Fund is created to benefit underprivileged children. The first year’s purpose sells Pocket Protectors of Charity and raises $1200 for hospitalized children at Primary Children’s Medical Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Board of Trustees is created.

Douglas F. Smith Memorial Foundation applies for and receives official recognition as a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation in the state of Utah.

Gardner Family Memorial Scholarship is created with an endowment from Freddy Rohlen. The inspiration is to assist graduate students with the financial challenges of applying to medical school.

Glenda Harr Memorial Fund created by Glenda’s son, Josh Harr & his friend Brooks. This is the second scholarship offered through the foundation. The vision develops of a foundation that hosts multiple memorial funds.
Douglas F. Smith Memorial Foundation created by Doug’s son, Brooks. The foundation offers a single scholarship in memory of Doug.

The first ever Green Tie Dinner is held at Mama’s Cafe. Dinner consists of cold sandwiches. Nearly 40 people attend and our longest standing tradition is born.

Douglas F. Smith is killed in a commercial airplane crash, Aspen Airport, Aspen, Co.
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From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing I do know: that we are here for the sake of each other, above all, for those upon whose smile
and well-being our own happiness depends, and also for the countless unknown souls with whose fate we are connected by a bond of sympathy.
Many times a day I realize how much my own outer and inner life is built upon the labors of others, both living and dead, and how earnestly I must
exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received and am still receiving.”


-Albert Einstein