Beyond the Dream Foundation is organized for charitable purposes, more specifically, to assist selected qualified students with scholarships, provide mentorship programs for the youth, and distribute holiday gifts for seniors, youths, and those in need. We also partner with other community based organizations that assist underserved populations. Our hope is through the spirit of collaboration we will reach as many citizens of our communities who simply need the demonstration of care.
The Beyond the Dream Foundation is a 501(c) (3) charity founded in November 2008, under the name of the Poughkeepsie Alumni Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation and in September 2013 changed its name to the Beyond the Dream Foundation.
Craig S. Smith, a longtime community advocate, is now the President and Board Chairman of the Beyond The Dream Foundation. He took the helm of the Poughkeepsie, New York-based foundation on March, 7, 2017.
He is a graduate of Florida Agriculture & Mechanical University, earning a B. S. Degree in Computer Science, with a minor in Electric Engineering. Smith, whose career with IBM spans over 30 years, has worked in numerous technical and management roles. Prior to IBM, he worked as a programmer/analyst at J.P. Morgan Bank on Wall Street, in their World Wide Electronic Fund Transfer system. He was also a World Wide Solution Project Manager consultant for Alliance of Professionals and Consultants (APC) with corporate offices in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Among the many awards Smith has received, the most significant is IBM’s Golden Circle Award in recognition of technical project management excellence. At APC, he won their highest award for quality, integrity, teamwork and excellence in project delivery.
Smith serves on the Planning Board for the Town of East Fishkill, which advises the Town Board and municipal agencies on matters affecting community development activities and compliance with regulations. At IBM, he serves on the Hudson Valley Education Workforce Development Team.
As a member of the Poughkeepsie Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, Smith serves as Guide Right Director. Guide Right is a national program of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, designed to encourage young men, of high school age, to grow and develop their leadership talents in every sphere of human endeavor. Smith volunteered his time and talent with the John Jay High School Hockey Club; and as President of Hudson Valley High School Ice Hockey Association, which covers six counties.
Craig Smith stated, when installed as President and Board Chairman of the foundation, “I commend the previous President and CEO, Harry Bonsu, for using his extraordinary leadership ability to forge meaningful collaborations with other community organizations in order to provide a higher degree of service for the neediest families in our community. My sincere goal is to continue that worthy effort; and expand services to address ever growing needs in our region.”
Everett Patterson, Vice President
J Richard Smith, Jr., Treasurer
Wesley Lee, Secretary
Board of Directors
Craig S. Smith, President & Board Chairman
Creighton Lee, Sr.
Leonard M. Davis, Jr.