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Dynamic Development Strategies publishes a monthly newsletter filled with important topics and fundraising tips. Visit the archive to peruse past issues and sign up for the monthly e-mail. 


This is one of the most important aspects of fundraising. Keeping our donors engaged to continue giving is critical. The donor retention rates in the US has steadily decreased over the years. According to The Fundraising Effectiveness Project, part of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the retention rate is the percentage of donors who continue to give to the same organization. In 2015,this rate was 46 and in 2017, it was 45.5


What does the IRS say on reporting guidelines for contribute contributions? What are the rules and best practices around gift acknowledgements? This guide can help.

Crisis Communication Guide

Communicating with your stakeholders during a crisis is essential to maintaining trust. This handy guide can help you develop a strategy and execute it with confidence.


The IRS has classified over 30 types of tax-exempt entities. We’re most familiar with the 501(c)(3) or a public charity. This chart will help explain the other designations.


Everyone loves having a charitable raffle. What a great way to make money. But Texas has specific rules around raffles and the prizes associated with them. Here are the Dos and Don’ts for Texas raffles.


The idea of asking other to support your nonprofit organization can be overwhelming to many people. What type of person has what it takes to be a great fundraiser? The best fundraisers take the time to listen to their donors and truly understand their philanthropic interests.

VIDEO: How to Adjust your Fundraising Plan During Social Distancing (4/30/2020 Webinar)

This webinar will share tips, strategies, and resources on how to adjust your fundraising plan during social distancing and how to stay connected with your donors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dynamic Development Strategies president Michelle Crim, CFRE will share examples and nonprofit best practices for how to successfully modify your overall development plan during our current virtual landscape.

VIDEO: How to Adjust Your Grant Strategies During Social Distancing (5/14/2020 Webinar)

Nonprofits are working to adjust their fundraising plans due to social distancing and looking to diversify and expand their funding streams to include foundation and corporate donors. Join us to discuss current grant trends during the COVID-19 pandemic and strategies to pivot for overall fundraising success.

By Michelle Crim, CFRE and

Monique Waggoner, President, Waggoner Professional Services

VIDEO: Hosting Events During & After Social Distancing (4-23-2020 Webinar)

This webinar will provide tips, strategies, and resources on how to host online fundraising events during and after social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Veteran fundraiser Lyn Downing will share examples and guidelines for how to successfully plan and implement special events during our current virtual landscape.

VIDEO: Communicating With Donors During Social Distancing (4-16-2020 Webinar)

This webinar will provide tactics and guidelines to stay connected with your donors, nurture relationships, build trust and stay mission-centered during the COVID-19 situation.

Local Resources

Resources in and around the Fort Worth, Dallas and North Texas Region

AFP - Fort Worth Metro Chapter

The local chapter of the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) meets ten times per year in and around Fort Worth and DFW for education and networking.

Lone Star Council of CGP

The local chapter of the CGP (Charitable Gift Planners) helps people and organizations work together to make charitable giving most meaningful through local meetings providing a forum to share expertise, ideas and knowledge. 


ThinkGiving provides comprehensive major and planned gift consulting services to nonprofit organizations of all sizes, with or without current programs.

Mares Law Firm, PLLC

Fort Worth small business lawyer Lisa D. Mares works with nonprofits, small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs to help protect personal assets, manage employees, minimize legal risk to your company, and avoid costly litigation. 

Waggoner Professional Services

Waggoner Professional Services is a virtual support business that helps consultants, evaluators, speakers, small business owners and nonprofits by handling daily business activities and project management. 

Bridge 3 Leadership & Team Development

Bridge 3 founder Jonathan Silk is an experienced organizational leader and organizational leadership coach and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council, with a proven record of leading and developing organizations to perform at higher levels and improve their overall effectiveness.

DM Consulting Group

Located in Dallas,  DM Group Consulting serves North Texas with a wide range of nonprofit management and fundraising services. Dynamic Development Strategies partners with DM Group Consulting on projects for nonprofits of all sizes.

National and International Resources

Association of Fundraising Professionals

AFP is the the standard-bearer for professionalism in fundraising. It provides codes of conduct and ethics, as well as valuable resources for nonprofits and fundraisers.

Nat'l Assoc. of Charitable Gift Planners

The National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (CGP) is a professional organization that helps enrich and advance members’ work and careers through education, resources and advocacy.

Other Resources for Nonprofits and Fundraisers


BoardSource and its global network of leaders represent a broad and diverse cross-section of the social sector. It is committed to providing support that is relevant and accessible to organizations of every size, stage, geography, and programmatic focus.

TechSoup for Nonprofits

TechSoup equips changemakers with transformative technology solutions and skills they need to improve lives globally and locally.

Donor Relations Guru

The Donor Relations Guru Group is the preeminent authority in improving every aspect of the donor experience—from developing sound strategy and vision to creating meaningful donor engagement—all designed to help your organization raise more money.​