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.
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.
Dynamic Development Strategies, LLC is based in Fort Worth, Texas and works throughout the DFW Metroplex and North Texas.
Michelle Crim, CFRE
Founder and President
Michelle is a proud native Texan and grew up in Arlington, Texas. She attended The University of Texas at Austin where she received her Bachelor of Science in Advertising. After college, she returned home where she worked at the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and enjoyed learning more about her community. She was drawn to nonprofit work, especially event planning, where her attention to detail and organizational skills are well-suited.
Her 20-year career in fundraising and nonprofit management includes roles in both higher education and social service organizations. Michelle’s work includes annual giving, special events, strategic planning, board governance, volunteer management, major gifts, and completing a $10.2 million capital campaign for Presbyterian Night Shelter one year ahead of schedule. Previously, she has worked at JPS Health Foundation, UT Arlington, UNT Health Science Center and The Women’s Center of Tarrant County.
Michelle most recently served as the Executive Director of The Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas. This is a role where her professional and personal passions combined. Her youngest son has Down syndrome, and she advocates for inclusion in the community and urging those with Down syndrome to reach one’s fullest potential through social and educational activities. She is now utilizing her fundraising experience and her desire to help nonprofits through providing consulting services.
She received her Certified Fundraising Executive credentials (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.
Michelle currently serves on the board of the Charitable Gift Planners, Lone Star Chapter as Program Chair, is a member of the National Philanthropy Day planning committee for the AFP Fort Worth Metro Chapter, is a member of the Rotary Club of Fort Worth and chairs the Last Meeting Notes Committee, is an active member of the Junior League of Fort Worth, mentors other leaders in fundraising, volunteers for the Down Syndrome Affiliates in Action Development Committee and frequently speaks on a variety of fundraising topics, nonprofit leadership and inclusion strategies for individuals with intellectual disabilities.
Michelle lives in Fort Worth with her husband, two boys, a very hyper rescue Shih Tzu dog and a cranky, munchkin Siamese cat. She enjoys being active in the community and keeping up her sense of humor with a good Snoopy Happy Dance.
Lyn Downing, MBA, CFRE
Lyn brings over 30 years of nonprofit and fundraising experience as Senior Associate to Dynamic Development Strategies, LLC. Most recently, she served 18 years with the Alzheimer’s Association – North Central Texas chapter. She obtained her CFRE in 2004 and is a graduate of Dallas Baptist University where she earned her undergraduate degree in Marketing and later completed her MBA in management and e-business.
Lyn’s expertise includes special events, annual and major gift campaigns, grant writing, and training on best practices in fundraising.
Her volunteer service includes the Fort Worth Boys and Girls Club, United Way of Tarrant County, YMCA of Metropolitan Tarrant County and Tarrant County Youth Collaboration. She is active with the Fort Worth Metro Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and served on the board in various roles including chapter president for two years.