Dynamic Development Strategies – Michelle Crim

Tell Us What You Do

Dynamic Development Strategies, LLC believes in the power of nonprofits to make a difference in our communities. Overcoming the challenges in planning, funding and creating strong teams can be overwhelming to a new or emerging charity.

Our mission is creating nonprofit success through dynamic interim leadership and strategic fundraising. We specialize in smaller nonprofits and startups. Additionally, founder Michelle Crim is involved in the special needs community because of her youngest who has Down syndrome. Dynamic Development Strategies works with several nonprofits who champion individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities such as Hope Center 4 Autism, Each and Everyone Foundation and Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

We offer a range of fundraising services to help nonprofits to start or grow their development efforts.

  1. Interim Staffing – Interim Executive Director and Director of Development roles to keep your organization running and growing
  2. Coaching & Training – Providing one-time or on-going fundraising coaching, counsel and training on board governance, best practices, and other nonprofit-focused topics for boards and staff
  3. Strategy Alignment – Review current fundraising strategies and offer recommendations to maximize your efforts and align them with your mission and goals
  4. Grant Management – Component or turn-key support for research, writing proposals, creating materials, tracking outcomes and post-award financial management and reporting.

As part of these four focus areas, we offer three types of services to our clients based on whether they are seeking counsel or need additional help in planning and implementing the work.

  • Advising – three levels of coaching plans
  • Planning – five different types of fundraising options plus can create a customized version
  • Implementing – when a client needs short-term assistance in carrying out the work

Tell Us Your Story and How You Got Started

In November 2018, Michelle started with her first client, The Hope Center for Autism. At first, the idea of moving into full-time consulting work seemed overwhelming. There were so many business decisions and ways to structure this new venture. After much thought and prayer, the concept became clear.

Michelle saw the overwhelming need to help small nonprofits with their fundraising needs. Oftentimes, there isn’t money in the budget or staff time to devote fully to fundraising efforts. After 20 years in nonprofit management in a variety of fundraising roles, Michelle realized there was an opportunity to merge her passion to help smaller nonprofits with her background and expertise.

In January 2019, Dynamic Development Strategies was formed. At this point, we have three, ongoing clients who were part of Michelle’s network. The work includes interim development work, writing curated content for a nonprofit business journal and building a grants program from scratch for a new nonprofit.

It was quickly apparent that a focused approach was needed to outline the type of work and clients best suited for Dynamic Development Strategies. Along with ongoing networking in the nonprofit community, additional sales and marketing training helped develop processes and strategies to grow the business. Designing a sales pipeline process was crucial to handle the flow of business development activities and make sure follow-ups were handled in a timely manner.

As of the time of this writing, Dynamic Development Strategies has eight clients which range from short-term contracts to ongoing projects.

Your Vision, Our Roadmap

Our mission is creating nonprofit success through dynamic interim leadership and strategic fundraising.


If Some Was Considering Your Services, What Would You Want Them to Know?

Michelle Crim, CFRE is a seasoned fundraiser with over 20 years of fundraising experience in both higher education and social service organizations. Her work includes annual giving campaigns, special events, grant writing, strategy development, volunteer and board management, major gifts and completing a $10.2 million capital campaign one year ahead of schedule.  She received her Certified Fundraising Executive designation (CFRE) in 2008, is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Fort Worth Metro Chapter and is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Fort Worth. She is currently a sustaining member of the Junior League of Fort Worth, serves as program chair for the Lone Star Chapter of Charitable Gift Planners, and is an active member of the Fort Worth Rotary Club. She is married with two sons, and the youngest has Down syndrome.

As the part of the research into creating Dynamic Development Strategies, Michelle looked into the true number of nonprofits who would fall into the small, under a million dollar budget category. In 2018, the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) published their 2018 State of the Sector report on North Texas public charities. According to the report, there were 23,456 registered 501(c)3 public charities in North Texas in 2016. North Texas is comprised of 13 counties per the North Central Council of Governments.

Nationally, the IRS recognizes 1.58 million registered nonprofits which represents a nine percent growth in the industry over the past five years. In North Texas, the rate of growth for Dallas and Tarrant Counties has increased at 43% and 25% respectively.

Approximately 95% of all public charities in North Texas operate with a budget of less than $1 million. These smaller budgets often leave little resources for training and professional development opportunities for nonprofit staffs and boards.

The apparent gap in services applies to those public charities with the smaller budgets. As Michelle built her range of services, there is clearly a need to offer trainings to help prepare new nonprofit leaders for their role in fundraising. This also includes board members and all volunteer-led organizations who have the passion for the mission but don’t necessarily have the skills. While many are fearful of fundraising or uncertain in how to get started, Michelle is truly passionate about helping our nonprofit community by providing them with the tools and training to be successful in serving their missions.

Tell Us Anything Else You Want Readers to Know About Dynamic Development Strategies LLC

It is often said that fundraising is both an art and a science. Having the time to plan strategically and build lasting relationships is a critical part of building a strong, mission-led organization. Dynamic Development Strategies, LLC offers a variety of nonprofit leadership and fundraising services. When there is a gap in resources, invite Dynamic Development Strategies, LLC to be a part of your team. Whether there is a need to create a new fundraising plan or assist with interim leadership during a staff transition, we are happy to help. With over 20 years in nonprofit work, Michelle Crim, CFRE is uniquely qualified to both understand the work of a nonprofit leader but also be able to work alongside the staff and board of directors to ensure sustainable success.

Michelle meets her client where they are in their journey. She appreciates the opportunity to get to know their missions and how they operate to serve the community. The philanthropic community is very collaborative in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas. Fundraising colleagues share resources with each other and support the oftentimes challenging work we all do. This sense of community is shared among development consultants, many who are former full-time fundraisers in this area. We promote and recommend each other so if Dynamic Development Strategies isn’t the best fit, Michelle likely knows other resources to share. We all have a part in making our communities better whether it’s through our time, talent or treasures. We can all make a difference.

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