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Specializing in the dynamic realities of community building, community benefit organizations, and support for community ideas and projects.

Welcome! 

You have found the online home of EnMark Associates and (on our home page) the blog of Owner/Principal Consultant, Karen Smith. Glad you stopped by. You’ll find a diversity of things here…samples of our work,  a variety of posts about the community benefit sector (our specialty), community happenings and related thoughts.  Interested in our work?  Check out the Consulting Expertise page or our Portfolio.

Note from Karen Smith, Owner and Principal Consultant: My blog page (“home” on this site) has proven to be an exciting and interactive way to share ideas, pose questions and occasionally stir things up a little. I welcome your comments, questions, feedback, links and inquiries.

EnMark Associates is an established, hands-on consulting practice dedicated to innovative excellence in the community benefit sector. Our reputation for personal attention to client satisfaction has been earned serving small local agencies, large institutions, diverse partnerships, and government clients since 1991. We are committed to ensuring that all services are provided with respectful professionalism, integrity and sensitivity. This concern is duplicated throughout the network of talented associates from which each contract team is assembled — from communications specialists to management strategists and governance experts. Each client project brings together the best possible team to achieve results according to our high standards.

KAREN G. SMITH Owner/Principal Consultant

karensmithKaren founded EnMark Associates in 1991. The firm evolved from her successful background in public relations, journalism, not-for-profit management and communications. After progressive roles in community relations, organization and board development, and media relations, Karen combined her skills to concentrate exclusively on the dynamic and rewarding realm of today’s community benefit sector. While maintaining her proven record in the communications field, Karen has successfully collaborated with leaders in related disciplines to complete innovative and effective projects including systemic change initiatives and ground-breaking community development successes. Her professional talents have been utilized by clients in three Canadian provinces. As a trainer in the field, Karen has taught for Mohawk College’s Non-Profit Management Certificate Program and is a popular workshop leader and speaker. Karen has served in volunteer leadership and governance capacities for both local and national organizations.She is also an avid photographer, traveler, freelance writer and blogger.

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