Birgit Smith Burton is the senior director of Foundation Relations at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. She began her career as a fundraiser more than 25 years ago in Buffalo, New York where she was director of public relations for John Hill Enterprises. In 1987 she established and ran the first campaign office for the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) in upstate New York. In 1998 Birgit joined Foundation Relations at Georgia Tech and successfully raised $107M against a $40M goal during the university’s Campaign for Georgia Tech. Birgit has been recognized by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) as a “Faculty Star” and was selected by the Kresge Foundation as an advancement expert. She served on the Design Team for the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s study of African American philanthropy in metropolitan Atlanta. She is co-author of The Philanthropic Covenant with Black America. Birgit is the immediate past president of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and sits on the boards of the A.E. Lowe Grice Scholarship Fund (Michigan), Robert Ferst Center for the Arts (Atlanta), the National Visionary Leadership Project (Washington, D.C.), and Hosea Feed the Hungry and Homeless (Atlanta).