It is our privilege to work with distinguished nonprofit, corporate, and community leaders.
"Superb. Incredible. I’m speechless. Your consulting and project management work has far exceeded our expectations. Thanks for moving us so forward in a short five months, helping with organizational development, fund raising, marketing and community outreach. The benefits of your work will pay off for the students of our district for years to come."
- Bill Lynch, Board Member and Former President Arlington ISD Education Foundation
"The great thing about Project Partners is that they have a keen sense of identifying what an organization needs by crawling into the minds of the company executives and board members. They capitalize on understanding the big picture while seeing to every detail of a project."
- Donna Parker, Senior Director, Client Relations & Development Carter Burgess
"We regularly call on Project Partners, and have for twenty years. If you need professional staffing of an important project, give them a call. They know how to get things done."
- Bill Thornton, President and CEO Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
"It seems that all that Lerii Smith and her team at Project Partners touches, turns to gold. I want to thank them for continued extraordinary achievement of goals laid out for the A+Arlington community initiative."
- Dr. David Sampson, President & CEO, Property Casualty Insurers Association Former President and CEO, Arlington Chamber of Commerce
"I have worked as a volunteer with many nonprofits, but the fund raising expertise and service that you have provided to the North Texas Clean Air Coalition this year has been extraordinary. You are a true professional and have coached and guided us to achieve the engagement of others we needed. Thanks for your help. Project Partners has been a valuable member of our team."
- Cathy Altman, Partner, Carrington, Coleman, Sloman, & Blumenthal Former Chair of the Board - North Texas Clean Air Coalition
"We know that hiring a pro can save lots of executive staff and volunteer time when developing a new community project or growing an existing one. When you are needing professional help with fund raising, community relations, or major events, I would highly recommend Project Partners for the job. Time and time again, I’ve seen them quickly assess the situation, identify the needs, create a plan, and get right to accomplishing the outstanding results they produce."
- Marilyn Gilbert, Executive Vice President-Marketing Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
“Project Partners provided expert management of all components of our small nonprofit. They made us [board members] look good.”
- Richard Maxwell, Vice President of Marketing for The T Former Chairman of the North Texas Clean Air Coalition
“I continue to be awed by your talent. You are diplomatic and strategic, unfailingly polite and consistently upbeat. I am so very grateful for your wisdom, guidance and patience as we move our Foundation forward. You and your team provide a depth of capacity simply not found elsewhere. Thank you.”
- Alicia McGlinchey, Board President
HEB ISD Education Foundation
"Project Partners forged a powerful partnership with the Arlington ISD. Among many accomplishments, our district’s Arlington Scholars program is now a model throughout the state, thanks to the organization and direction Lerii and her group brought to the project. I highly recommend Project Partners to organizations looking for top notch program implementation."
- Dr. Mac Bernd Former Superintendent, Arlington ISD
"I have worked with a number of fund raising and community relations consultants through the years, but none as personable, professional, and capable as the Project Partners team. You brought not only sound advice to our Foundation projects, but also an incredible energy and enthusiasm that enabled us to work side by side to accomplish the goals at hand. Thank you."
- Joyce Elizabeth Mauk, MD, President/CEO and Medical Director Child Study Center
"Thank you so much for the dedication and commitment shown to Key School during the process of conducting our recent feasibility study. You provided an unsurpassed level of expertise, guidance, and support to our Board of Directors and Administrative Council. It is my sincere hope that we will have the opportunity to work with you and your staff on future endeavors."
- Tammy M. Riemenschneider, M.Ed. CALT Key School
"Our hats off to you for a fabulous job on the many projects managed over the years. You have won a permanent place in our hearts for your dedication and hard work."
- Nancy Ricker, Former Executive Director Fort Worth ISD School and Community Relations
"Our board hired Project Partners to clarify for us what fund development opportunities that the Fort Worth Chamber Foundation might explore, especially in light of the significant anniversaries that the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, the Fort Worth ISD, and the Fort Worth Chamber Foundation were celebrating. Lerii conducted a feasibility study then provided to us an impressive community relations and fund development plan that outlined tangible ideas for us to consider. We immediately adopted a number of her recommendations, like an edited mission statement that more clearly identified our role in the community, and we continue to phase in ideas she brought forth. I would highly recommend Project Partners for expert community relations and fund development consulting."
- Glen Hahn, Executive Vice President, Innovative Developers, Inc. Chairman, Fort Worth Chamber Foundation Board
"The North Texas Clean Air Coalition would not be where it is today without the help of the Project Partners team. The expertise provided to the board of community program development, outreach, event management, and fund development helped transition the Coalition from a community initiative to a new nonprofit equipped with strategy, structure, funding and a focus on mission. Thank you."
- Chris Klaus, Senior Program Manager North Central Texas Council of Governments
"Project Partners was able to provide exactly what we needed at a time when a major endowment campaign was consuming most of our small department’s resources. They provided responsive, professional, personable consulting and project management services that greatly increased our capacity. Lerii and her team completed a development audit that impacted staff hiring decisions, coordinated a management staff search, designed an annual giving campaign, giving society and planned giving approach to help leverage the endowment campaign work, and provided community relations coaching that helped us see immediate results in the local media and laid plans for continued success. Lerii and her team were respectful of the organization’s needs, quick studies, deadline and results-oriented, and fabulous generators of ideas. I would highly recommend Lerii and her team for your fund development and community relations consulting needs."
- Liz Sisk, Former Development Director Child Study Center Foundation
“Project Partners gets the job done professionally and successfully—on time and on budget. They know how to work with boards, volunteers, vendors, donors, sponsors, media, VIP’s, and the public, and offer honest evaluations and great results! Wouldn’t want to be without them.”
- Mae Ferguson, President & CEO
Fort Worth Sister Cities International
“Project Partners brought us strategy, proven practices, and extraordinary implementation and results. We are converts!”
- Vickie Mauldin, Executive Director First Command Educational Foundation
"Your professionalism, full involvement, leadership, ownership and guidance have been invaluable. Having entered into this year’s preparation amidst tremendous organizational transition, I was exhausted and uncertain of the benefits of Project Partners, but I am now sold on Project Partners! Your work made an incredible difference in the execution of organizational support. Thank you so much for being our partner for good!"
- Debra West, Former Executive Director I Have a Dream Foundation® Fort Worth
"I just wanted to say thanks again for coming to Arlington and providing such an excellent presentation on ’Building Capacity’ to our network of chambers that serve our community. The Chambers were very complimentary of the workshop at the end of the evening. We appreciate your expertise in engaging volunteer, business, and community resources, while securing the all-important funding it takes to build community programs."
- Robert Sturns, EDFP Former Economic Development Manager-City of Arlington
"What a marvelous job you have done on the ’Community Advocacy for Education’ project. Thank you. You have worked to engage community partners, committee volunteers, employers of teens, and the media, to develop a community program that positively affects our youth who balance high school and employment. Double bravo for your work."
- Ann Rice, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer United Way of Tarrant County
"Congrats on such a successful initiative. I think the Distinguished Employer of Fort Worth Teens program is very important to this community, linking workforce and education in a very real and meaningful way. It was such a pleasure working closely with Project Partners again. You have been a valuable resource to us for almost fifteen years. I look forward to more great things in the future."
- Judy McDonald, Executive Director Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
“We made the right decision when hiring Project Partners to facilitate our community conversations, a part of our strategic planning process. Lerii was a master at engaging our diverse stakeholder groups, and their detailed report of the comments has guided our follow up actions. This process was one of the most effective we have experienced in gaining input from a broad base of stakeholders."
- Nancy K. Amos, Sr. Vice President
“Project Partners truly became our partner for good, providing personable, professional, highly skilled services of fundraising, community relations, volunteer engagement and event management. Our work together exceeded expectations.”
- Bill Broderick, Head of School
Fort Worth Academy
"I thought your presentation on ’Mission and Major Gifts’ was very good and well received by our board volunteers. We really want to get the board more involved in networking and face-to-face solicitations and I think you’ve given us a great place to start that discussion. Thank you."
- Andi Davis, Marketing & Development Coordinator and Arlington Public Library System Staff Liaison Arlington Public Library Foundation
“Lerii developed and delivered an in-depth analysis and a comprehensive strategic fundraising plan for our agency. We fully expect great results for our fundraising and volunteer engagement as we work to implement the plan.”
- Jim Downing, Director of Development/Marketing
AIDS Outreach Center
"Project Partners not only manages Herculean tasks to achieve extraordinary results, but they present those results to the community all nicely wrapped with a bow! If you are looking for community relations, program development, events management, or fund raising expertise, you have found your team in Project Partners."
- Cynthia Fisher Miller, Former Sr. Director for Workforce Development and Education Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
"Thanks again, Lerii, for the excellent presentation on volunteer and event management presented to the TCU Alumni Chapter presidents from across the country. The information was perfect and very specific to our group. The chapter presidents continued to reference parts of it throughout the entire conference weekend. I hope we have the opportunity to work together in the future. Thank you."
- Rebekah Waits, Former Director, TCU Alumni Relations Texas Christian University
"Lerii, your excellent reputation, great business skills, and nonprofit sector consulting, fundraising, board, community involvement and management expertise, really sets your firm apart. As importantly, you service our community with genuine care and concern. Thanks for all you do."
- Teresa Wright, Former Executive Director Funding Information Center
“We would not want to be on this fund development journey without your skills and knowledge. We really appreciate you.”
- Rudy Taylor, Chief Operations Officer Community Food Bank
“Great job!! The $75,000+ is wonderful. Project Partners was a great fit for I Have a Dream Foundation® Fort Worth. Thank you and your team for providing such a great service to our organization.”
- Carolyn Bell, Board Member and Founder of ’Reading Rocks’ I Have a Dream Foundation® Fort Worth
"Hi Lerii...I wanted to thank you for such a great presentation today in Lubbock. I am new to the nonprofit fundraising world (going on 1 year!) and through your ’Beyond the Pink Napkins’ presentation, you gave me the foundation and the empowerment to perhaps ’demand’ more from the volunteers and Board and I thank you for that. Thanks again for the great info and the new found courage to get the help I need next year."
- Paula Miser, Community Relations/Fundraising Hospice of Lubbock
"We have loved working with you and Angela on the Aero Components/Tim Crabtree Celebrity Golf Classic. I can not thank you enough for the expertise and professionalism that Project Partners brought to the tournament. What a difference it made - the revenue has almost doubled! Thank you."
- Nancy Hagan, Executive Director Alliance for Children
“Thank you for the excellent job on this project! The project plan is thorough and exactly what we need to guide our team to success for this inaugural initiative.”
- Daphne Barlow Stigliano, President Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth
"Lerii, you really have an eye for talent. You attract personable, experienced, professional staff. We appreciate the work of the Project Partners team. Thanks for all you do."
- Don Ellis, Former Vice President, Workforce Development Arlington Chamber of Commerce
"From comments shared with me after the business and education study tour, I thought the day had been a positive experience. But the comments from our educators expressed on the evaluation summary just blew me away. What a rousing success!! Thank you again for all you and Angela did. I hope there will be an opportunity in the future for us to work together."
- Paula Thompson, Director REACH High School"Castleberry ISD
"What an awesome job! Let me thank you for your help in putting on the Texas FFA Gala and Reunion. You’re professional, thorough and just a joy to work with. It was a wonderful event attracting $160,000 of support. I constantly hear people bragging about it. I would be happy to recommend you to anyone needing special project assistance. Again, thank you and I look forward to the time we can work together on other projects."
- Marcus Hill, President Agricultural Workers Mutual Auto Ins. Co.
"Project Partners’ leadership was largely responsible for the highly successful Global Missions Conference held a few weeks ago at the Arlington Convention Center. Michele kept us on track throughout the months leading up to the conference so there was no last-minute panic. Please be assured that we will turn to Project Partners for our next major event."
- Robert T. Waldron, Former Executive Director Missions Resource Network
"Congratulations on your most recent award. Those of us who have worked with you already know of your team’s award winning performance, but it must feel very gratifying to receive the recognition after all the hard work and dedication to your customers."
- Bill Long, Former VP of Workforce Development Arlington Chamber of Commerce
"The new TCC Foundation major gifts brochures were delivered on Monday, and they are spectacular - crisp, clean, and classy are some of the words that others have used to describe them. I know this document will assist us greatly in engaging others in our mission to raise, manage, and provide philanthropic support for the critical needs of Tarrant County College. Thank you for the excellent creative development, project coordination, and writing that helped make this possible."
- Liz Sisk, Donor Relations Officer Tarrant County College Foundation
"This is an unsolicited letter of commendation for the outstanding efforts of Project Partners in connection with the CARE Awards Luncheon held on August 22, 2003 in Fort Worth. Both Lerii Smith and Michele Burnett of Project Partners clearly managed, coordinated and executed important details to make our event the most successful ever. I highly recommend Project Partners for events such as the CARE Awards Luncheon. I thank them for their work this year. We would not have been as successful without them."
- Nancy K. Amos, Senior Vice President The T
"Excellent job on the early childhood newsletter! I tested the draft on a couple of parents and they found it to be colorful, easy to read and informative. This outreach piece will benefit many families in our community. We appreciate all of your team’s hard work."
- Marilyn Jones, Vice President, Resources Under Management & Manager of Kids Way--Community Development Division United Way of Tarrant County
"When you need help with community relations, events management, or fund raising, you should call on Project Partners. Our new community partnership program is exceeding expectations, thanks in great part to their expert advice and direction."
- David DuBois CMP, CAE, CTA--President & CEO Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
"This is the kind of comprehensive, yet concise community report to shareholders that I expected to see; outstanding work! This piece will get wide distribution and will greatly impact community support. Terrific stuff. Although my brief term as a director has concluded, I am grateful for the opportunity to have served in helping bring a vibrant force to the board. I’m meaning, of course, Project Partners and Lerii Smith, who greatly assisted the new board in its continuing mission to supplement the education efforts of the Arlington Independent School District."
- Jim Ball, President Arlington High School Alumni Association
"I just want to take a minute and thank you and Paul so much for all the work you’ve put into the regional Disabilities Conference. This conference was incredible and life altering to those staff who were fortunate enough to attend. Know that you and Paul will have made a real difference. Thank you doesn’t seem big enough but it"s the best I can do."
- Debby Kratky, Client Systems Director Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
"Thanks for serving as a keynote luncheon speaker for our recent Women’s Conference at Texas State Technical College. Everyone agreed that you did an outstanding job, presenting an informational and motivational presentation on ’new opportunities’. Thanks for being a part of our important mission of serving students and changing lives."
- Jeff Howard, Associate Vice President of Student Development Texas State Technical College-West Texas
"I pray that you are taking the day off after a great Global Missions Conference weekend. I so appreciate all of your hard work in providing us with a wonderful and encouraging conference. I was so impressed with the quality of the keynotes and the classes that were offered. The organization was well done and everything went so smoothly. You were very significant in providing a well organized and well executed weekend."
- Jay Jarboe, Lead Minister Sunset Church of Christ
“Call on Project Partners when you are short on time, staff or expertise in managing high profile community projects. They are experts at bringing all of the many moving parts together for flawless execution.”
-Ken Shetter, Executive Director Safe City Commission, Inc.
"Project Partners took the lead in developing the first ever Tarrant County Private School Preview, aptly directing a busy steering committee of admissions directors. They worked with us to positively engage schools, media, sponsors, community vendors and volunteers across Tarrant County to produce a community initiative that benefited many local families and will grow in years to come. We could not have done without them."
- Barbara Waldron Jiongo M.Ed., Director of Admissions and Finance Fort Worth Country Day School
"We hired Project Partners to design and develop our new community partnership program. Project Partners is capable, experienced, well-connected, and fun to work with. They go above and beyond to get the job done. I wouldn’t want to be without them."
- Barbara Stone, Vice President of Convention Services and Community Relations Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
“Project Partners did a great job of keeping us organized, on track, and on task. Their work with us paid in early dividends and those dividends carried through the life of the project.”
- Judy Youngs, Executive Director A Wish with Wings, Inc.
"Thank you for being our partners on the Pecan Street Festival this year. I know that the committee and community enjoyed the event. The committee thought your company did an excellent job. We appreciate your hard work and commitment to making the festival a success."
- Julie Johncox, Former VP, Downtown Development Arlington Chamber of Commerce
"Your methodology, results, and reporting of those results for the business outreach efforts for the North Texas Clean Air Coalition were very well done. Thanks again to you and Michele for your excellent work on this project."
- Tim Keleher, Former Vice President of Public and Community Affairs Exelon Power
"Thanks to you for the good job you did at the board retreat. You were excellent at moving the group along on schedule and helping to clarify and summarize. I really appreciated how well you stayed true to your role, while still being a part of the group and so positive and upbeat. I would certainly recommend you to anyone looking for a consultant and appreciate the work you did for us. I also hope we get the chance to work together again. Thanks again."
- Jill Navarette, Sr. Director of Board Operations Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
“Project Partners works as a seamless extension of our organization, providing invaluable service and expertise. Even after several years of working together, I still love to see them in action on our behalf and would not want to be without them.”
- Kelly Campbell, Former Vice President of Marketing and Communications Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau
"Thanks for your professionalism and expertise during this busy time. Without your hard work, Cook Children’s would not have been able to participate in the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival. You made my job easy and worry-free. Working with Wendy was pure joy. I look forward to working with you again."
- Jackie Daulton, Community Events Liaison, Referral Development Cook Children"s Health Care System
"Project Partners has not only quickly and effectively helped our prime contractor, S.M. Wilson & Co., identify qualified Fort Worth and M/WBE companies with which to do business, but has also provided efficient management of our monthly filing and reporting requirements to the City of Fort Worth. They are an excellent local, well-respected and informed resource to us."
- John C. Grimes, Jr., Former Sr. Regional Real Estate Manager Target Corporation
"Thank you so much for all of your help on the Better Business Bureau’s Annual Dinner & Silent Auction! You made our event great and helped us increase our auction proceeds. We really appreciate all of your extremely hard work and hope to work with you on the next one."
- Julie Kellner, Accredited Business Department Head Better Business Bureau of Fort Worth
"Project Partners was instrumental in assuring that the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Arlington ISD worked together in strategic, meaningful ways that benefited thousands of AISD students. Thank you for your excellent management of this collaborative community project."
- Bob Johnson, President of The Pinnacle Corporation Former Chairman, A+Arlington Initiative, Arlington Chamber of Commerce
"I’ve been involved in fundraising for decades and have had the privilege of working with many professionals in the field. Lerii is one of the best fundraisers I know."
- Mark Klemm, Former Sr. Vice President, Development Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation
"The new Report to the Community that you produced will be a great tool. It’s wonderful. Thank you. You’ve given us some very specific fund raising and community outreach help this year, Lerii. We needed it and will benefit from it for quite a while."
- Cathy Brown, Board Member Arlington ISD Education Foundation
"I just wanted to tell you what a great job you have done with the Tarrant County Private School Preview. The steering committee is grateful for your leadership, and feel validated in our decision to hire Project Partners. We are happy to have your capable shoulders for things to fall on during the development of this new community initiative."
- Kathy Severson, Former Director of Admissions Southwest Christian School
"Project Partners has worked hand in hand with us on the tournament this year and they’ve been great. Angela is so efficient; she almost reads my mind when anticipating the needs of the project. We appreciate their help and would recommend Project Partners to anyone needing professional project assistance."
- Joy Crabtree, Founding Chairman Tim Crabtree/AFC Celebrity Golf Classic
"WOW...Thanks to both of you for making our international conference at Alliance a great one. Let’s hope we can do it again."
- Bill Walker, Director, Community Relations Hillwood Properties
"Thanks, Lerii, for your excellent work on the A+Arlington community initiative. You are tops in my book and I would recommend Project Partners to anyone looking for a job well-done. I wish you continued success."
- Dr. Judith Carrier, Former President Tarrant County College-Southeast Campus
"Project Partners provided results for this project that attracts financial support for the NCHA in a professional, personable and timely manner. We could not have done without them."
- Denise Spitler, Former Chairwoman North Texas Cutting Champions Club
"I’ve decided you never sleep, you have a gang-busters business, and unending energy. I have very much enjoyed working with you and Wendy on our fundraising and community outreach initiatives and have learned lots."
- Laura Lace, Coordinator Arlington ISD Education Foundation
"Angela did a great job on media and marketing for the Entrepreneur Expo. She’s wonderful. I wish I could have Project Partners’ help year-round."
- Catherine Simpson, Former Executive Director Fort Worth Women’s Business Center
"Angela, you are the best. The golf tournament would be lost without you. I appreciate your dedication to this event. I know Alliance for Children is in great hands when it comes to the tournament and fundraising."
- Tim Crabtree, Founding Co-Chairman Tim Crabtree/Aero Components Golf Classic benefiting Alliance for Children
"The information you shared in your recent presentation on volunteer management has made an immediate positive impact on our work. We’ve applied your recommendations on the use of organizational charts, working agendas, and task force development, with encouraging results already. Thanks for such a practical approach to managing volunteer resources."
- Krista Gordon, Assistant Director of Alumni Development UNT Health Science Center
"Your attention to detail regarding the finances of the project was incredible and you were just a joy to work with. I want to throw you a parade!"
- Lisa Y. Phillips, Former Communications Manager Alliance for Children
"Project Partners was my ’right arm’ for the International Transportation Forum at AllianceTexas. We could not have managed and marketed this complex international event without them."
- Paula Baucum, Former Director of Marketing North America’s SuperCorridor Coalition
"What can I say? Thanks for everything. You really pulled it off. The event was great. Texas FFA members say ’thanks’. I wish you much success."
- Durwin Hill, Former Executive Director Texas FFA Foundation
"You did a great job. Thank you very much for your help in making the 2000 convention the best and biggest ever. I appreciate all your hard work."
- Wayne Hamilton, Former Executive Director Republican Party of Texas
"Thanks to the Project Partners team we had a great ground-breaking event for our new Alliance US headquarters and distribution center. I am sure we will call on you again in the future."
- Jan Norton, Vice President of Finance Galderma L.P.
"Project Partners ably served as our local resource to help us identify, qualify and retain Fort Worth and certified woman and minority-owned companies for our work for Target Corporation on the SuperTarget store, part of the Montgomery Plaza project. Lerii’s ability to work with city officials, company executives and the small business community of Fort Worth, helped us help Target Corp. exceed tax abatement policy goals."
- Matthew H. Goebel, Project Manager S.M. Wilson & Co.
"Lerii and her team are a pleasure to work with. Their planning and execution are flawless. There is no one better than Project Partners."
- Lee Rogers, President The Rogers Group
"Thank you so very much for all of your hard work helping us coordinate the TISC Private School Preview event. You must know we wouldn’t be able to do it without your organization and reminders! You are wonderful! Thanks for always holding our hands and making the preview go so smoothly every year."
- Nancy Palmer, Director of Admissions and Public Relations Fort Worth Academy
"What an incredible evening. Your efforts were truly commendable and it was an honor to be involved with Project Partners and the Safe City Commission. I thought the entire night went very well and you both did an outstanding job of putting this together. I hope they know the value you brought to their event. Thanks for the experience."
- Michael Wood, Founder AES
"My staff attended your presentation on volunteer engagement today and raved about it. They learned a lot and enjoyed the whole presentation. Thanks for providing this valuable professional development opportunity."
- Mae Ferguson, President/CEO Fort Worth Sister Cities International
"I’ve been involved in fundraising for decades and have had the privilege of working with many professionals in the field. Lerii is one of the best fundraisers I know."
- Mark Klemm, Former Sr. Vice President, Development Presbyterian Church (USA) Foundation
"Thanks for your work on the audit as we review our opportunities and challenges with events, PR, and fund raising. Your presentation and report were just what the doctor ordered!"
- Kathy Jackson, Executive Director Arlington ISD Education Foundation
"We have been using your organizational flow chart with our event volunteers and they and we love it. Thank you so much for sharing it during your AFP presentation to the chapter. Wish I had thought of it!"
- Jennifer Hawthorne, Former Development Director Cancer Care Services
"Thank you so much for your expert guidance and coaching with the corporate engagement piece of our child care resource and referral program. We have progressed from a concept to a fully engaged committee of corporate leaders and a child care network pilot project. We are so pleased with your help and how the project has evolved."
- Zem Neill, President & CEO Camp Fire USA, First Texas Council
“I think the retreat met our goals. Thanks very much for all of your work in pulling things together. We had some good feedback on the day and a lot of that was due to you being there.”
- Ann Sheets, Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance
Camp Fire USA, First Texas Council
"I have learned so much about community engagement and volunteer management while working with you. Those elements make all the difference to our success and make our important work a lot more fun. Thanks!"
- Jennifer Folzenlogen, Vice President Work/Family Division Camp Fire USA, First Texas Council
"This was our best board workshop ever. Thanks for your help, Lerii."
- Keith Bland, Board Chairman Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce
"It was great working with you. Thanks for taking us on."
- Susanne Johnson, President & CEO Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce
knew we hired the right team for this job. Thanks for the advice,
detailed plan, and orientation for staff and board members.”
- Becky Orander, LMSW, Executive Director Arlington Life Shelter
“When reflecting upon how much I’ve learned since we began working together...amazing! You are a great fundraising teacher!”
- Tammy Riemenschneider, Former Director-elect
“You were fabulous! Thank you for serving on the faculty of our Fundamentals of Fundraising Course. You are a wonderful role model for our industry."
- Trisha Dunbar, CFRE, Director of Development
Visiting Nurse Association
“I appreciate your finesse in maintaining the needs of the organization as seen by staff but also in empowering the board leadership."
- Nikki Hatley, Executive Director MHMR Visions Foundation
“Well, I guess the rest is up to us now. You have provided expert guidance and advice which, I’m confident, Visions will embrace and put into action. Thanks so much for your very helpful and very professional training and facilitating. I enjoyed watching you leading and maneuvering our group. You’re very good at what you do, and I’m glad I was able to participate in the process. Much thanks."
- Steve Smith, Strategic Planning/Board Development Committee Chairman MHMR Visions Foundation
“Reviewing your work, I have no questions, and any concern I might have had about the many moving parts – evaporated! Thanks for your coordination of this complex effort.”
- Larry Tubb, Executive Director and SVP
Cook Children’s Health Care System
“Project Partners helped extend our reach by providing not only fresh ideas, but also the hands-on project management to see them through.”
- Erayne Gee Hill, Director of Community and Public Relations
Unity One Credit Union
“I get it now! Not only do I understand more about social media in general but I can see all of the ways it can benefit the work of the Foundation. Thank you for creating a plan to help us achieve our goals that is easy to understand and execute. I can already see how much it has improved our social media presence.”
- Janet Cooper, Executive Director
Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation
“Your help in planning and facilitating the board retreat greatly contributed to its success. You were the right team for the job.”
- Joe McIntosh, Ed.D., CFRE, Executive Director
“Thank you for everything. Not only was Chrissie a joy to work with, but her work product was exceptional. Too, her final report was exactly what we needed as a road map for a new grant manager.”
- Malinda Cowan, Vice President of Development
Camp Fire First Texas
“Thanks again for all of your efforts. You really helped us along in our process!”
- Caryl Sherman-Gonzalez, Strategic Planning Committee Chair and Board Member
Texas Pediatric Society Foundation
“What a tremendous difference your experience, collaboration, and ownership of the transformation of the McCammon has made in so many ways. Thank you for your very hard work, and for bringing such a perfect blend of skills, experience, and genuine caring with you.”
- Randall L. King, King Financial Partners, Board Chair
McCammon Voice Competition 2014
“Project Partners’ expert approach and commitment to results is outstanding.”
- Dr. Dan Powell, Superintendent of Schools
“Thanks for everything Project Partners does for Crowley ISD. With your help, we have moved quickly towards achieving our goals.”
- Anthony Kirchner, Public Information Officer
“Thank you so much for your great work. You have been more help than you can ever imagine.”
- Kathleen Culebro, Artistic Director
Amphibian Stage Productions
“Thanks so much! Please know how much we appreciated your skillful facilitation."
- Laura M. Misuk, Western Regional Manager - Program Development
Nurse-Family Partnership - National Service Office
“Thanks for the great work on our behalf. The information gleaned and reported will be very valuable to us as we move forward with this transition.”
- JD Smith, Manager
Lockheed Martin Recreation Association
all stepped right in, assuring a continuity in grant funding while
allowing our staff’s focus on many other key initiatives of the spring
season. Thank you."
- Julia Summers, Former Executive Director
CASA of Tarrant County
“Thank you for teaching Fundamentals again this year. You were nothing short of amazing! Thank you for sharing your expertise with all of us."
- Jessica Weidman, Chair
Fundamentals of Fundraising Course 2013
“You have gone above and beyond in the facilitation of our meeting and have helped our group immensely in getting off on the right foot. I am amazed at your organizational skills and talents. Our board members were thoroughly impressed! Also, the new sponsorship program your team developed looks SO professional and I’m certain it will help attract the support we need. Thanks for your hard work on our behalf."
- Pam Cannell, Board Chair
Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition
“Your analysis and recommendations provide definition and structure for our board and staff. As a result, SafeHaven will move forward with a solutions-focused plan that improves our ability to engage others in our work to end domestic violence. Thank you for listening to us and offering a road map for success."
- Mary Lee Hafley, President & CEO
SafeHaven of Tarrant County
“The Project Partners crew was outstanding, providing personable, professional service to our guests and staff. Thank you.”
- Mary Martin Frazior, President & CEO
HEB Chamber of Commerce
“Staci, you are the consummate
professional! You and Lerii continue to make me so proud of our decision to go
this direction with Project Partners. This was a leap of faith at the time and
now I can’t imagine our Foundation without you, Lerii and our partnership. I
can’t thank either of you enough.”
- Shalyn S. Clark, Shalyn S.
Clark Insurance and Financial Services
Board Member, HEB ISD
“Thank you for the thorough review,
positive approach, and specific direction. We are already using the
messaging recommendations with very positive results.”
- Gloria Aguilera Terry, CEO
Texas Council on Family Violence
“Thank you for a stimulating and informative presentation to DOVIA
today. I, for one, took several notes based on your comments and
examples. I’m confident that everyone benefited from your expertise and
years of experience.”
- Linda K. Smith, Director of Volunteer Services
Tarrant Area Food Bank
“As always, it was a pleasure working with you on our
re-messaging and fund development project. The board is delighted with
the information and eager to move forward with it. You made it all easy
for us and were so professional. Thank you.”
- Mae Ferguson Graves, President & CEO
Fort Worth Sister Cities International
work.You are an awesome partner. We simply consider you part of the CFNTx
- Nancy Jones, President & CEO
Community Foundation of North Texas
"B R A V O!!!!!!We are so
grateful for the wonderful job Project Partners did.We couldn’t have done it without you."
- Rose Bradshaw, Director of Grants and Community Engagement
Community Foundation of North Texas
“Your approach was very effective and your
recommendations for improved messaging and fundraising were thorough. They were exactly what we needed to move the important work of this
organization forward. Thank you.”
- Phil Moroneso, Mitchell & Moroneso
FWSCI Advisory Board Member and Task Force Chair
“Thanks so very much for the facilitation
this morning.Great job.Our chair, Mike West, was very pleased.
Thanks to your expertise, we are moving forward with a specific project and I’m
thrilled about where this is going."
- Cynthia Fisher Miller, Former Senior Director,
Workforce Development and Education
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
“Thanks for a GREAT event! The congratulatory emails have been flowing in from our sponsors and senior management after Saturday’s kickoff. I appreciate all of the expertise Project Partners brought to the table. Together we have set a new standard for BZP kickoffs!"
- Jan Titsworth, Executive Director
Healthways | Blue Zones Project®
“Project Partners was awesome and exactly what we needed for the BASH event! I could go on and on about what wonderful professional services they provided to our team. Thank you!"
- Alice Puente, Committee Chair BASH 2015, benefiting the American Red Cross
"Working with Project Partners has been an excellent experience. Thanks for taking such good care of BASH 2015."
- T.D. Smyers, CEO
American Red Cross, North Texas Region Chief Executive Officer
"Thanks for all that you and Project Partners brought to the table. I think every need has been satisfied. I will definitely need Project Partners on this project again in three years!"
- Jackie Meeks, DrPH, MBA
Director, Community Health Research, Center for Children’s Health, Cook Children’s Health Care System
"Thanks very much for all your leadership and guidance to make our board retreat so successful."
- Jerome Mosman, Executive Director
Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County
"Calling on Project Partners for this work was a no-brainer. You all have done a fabulous job. Thank you."
- Craig Schaefer, Interim Director
Victory Therapy Center
"I want to thank Project Partners for assuring that our Alliance Summit plans produced the event that met the needs of our community. Our committee and staff members truly appreciated the sage advice and attention to detail."
- Judy McDonald, Executive Director
Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County
"As I expressed at the board meeting, you exceeded my expectations...by far. You have provided us with more than just a roadmap, but a clear pathway towards sustainability. I cannot thank you enough for your diligence, creativity and thoroughness. I truly hope that I and the board can execute on your amazing plan and generate significant support for VETCO in the short term...so that we can re-engage you to help implement the Power Lunch program, establish the iCAMO kiosks and create a strategy for obtaining the mobile unit. Thanks again."
- Randy McGuffee, Board Chair
"Thank you for jumping in on the Hope Walk work. You were an energetic, positive, expert force, and whipped us into shape, for sure. Thanks, too, for taking on the additional development tasks."
- Shannon Hilgart, Executive Director
AIDS Outreach Center
"The celebration on Sunday was great. Our board members, staff, alumni, donors and friends are still talking about how much fun it was. Thanks to you and your team for event support, we achieved our celebration objectives and increased awareness of ACH in our community. We are grateful for your partnership and know the impression from this event will remain in the hearts of many for years to come. Thank you."
- Barbara Shelton, Chief Development Officer
ACH Child and Family Services
"Our 2016 Texas Women in Conservation event held in Fort Worth was a huge success. Thanks for your expert help. We’re ready to get started on next year’s!"
- Haily Summerford, Center Director - Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Deputy Director - Audubon Texas
"Another big ’THANK YOU’ goes to Lerii Smith, Project Partners, for her expertise, creativity, and patience in helping me earn my wings in campaign endeavor. Lerii has been instrumental in aiding me in the process and I couldn’t have done it without her. Thank you Lerii!!"
- Dana Harris, District Liaison
Fort Worth ISD Education Foundation
"There is no one better than Lerii and Project Partners to help a board focus on key issues to make strategic planning progress. Thanks for such a great board work session. We plan to maintain the momentum."
- Dr. Mike West, Executive Director - UTA Fort Worth
Board Chair, Fort Worth ISD Education Foundation
"You are wonderful and have made developing these important fundraising and communication pieces so easy for me. Our CEO says they’re our best ever. Thank you!"
- Karen Derrick, CFRE, Chief Development Director
Community Hospice of Texas
"Working with Kristin at Project Partners was a great experience. She really took the time to understand our needs for our large back-to-school event. The event went on seamlessly, despite the rain, and I attribute a lot of the success to Kristin’s careful planning and execution."
- Alyssa Guillory, Director of Community & Public Relations
Unity One Credit Union
"Before the day ends, I want to thank you for the outstanding work you did to plan and execute everything that made today’s Strategic Pathways to Student Success Stakeholder Briefing successful. I was so pleased with it. All the hard work you did to prepare for the big day really paid off. Thanks to your help, the task force and committee work is moving ahead and knowing that I can rely on Project Partners to walk this collective impact path with me has been a profound comfort. Thanks again for the wonderful work."
- Cynthia Fisher Miller, Former Vice President - Education and Workforce Development
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
"I’ve seen many a project plan through the years, but the one you developed beats them all. Thank you."
- Rodney Mayo, Department of Defense
Founding Corporate Champion, Strategic Pathways to Student Success
"Thank you for all of your hard work! I tried to express to the others how very grateful I am for all of your contributions. It’s important for them to know what you have done. The website is absolutely amazing! Of all the work that has been done, it is the thing of which I am most proud! It is incredibly professional and having it functional and looking as good as it does really elevates the status of our event. I can’t thank you enough."
- Nuha Lackan, PhD
Co-Chair, Extravaganza 2017, Fort Worth Academy
"Thanks again for a masterful job facilitating our conversation yesterday at our staff retreat. We covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time and everyone felt that their voice was heard. I appreciate all the planning that went into making the session a productive one for all!"
- Jan Titsworth, Executive Director Blue Zones Project Fort Worth
"As I read your report, all I could think was ’Thank goodness for Lerii.’ Your comprehensive work set forth a framework for success that I feel certain has us on the right track. Thank you."
- Amy Walton, Development Committee Co-chair
CASA of Tarrant County
"Thanks again for a job well done. Work is well underway to follow the report recommendations."
- Bennett Cepak, Associate Executive Director
Tarrant Area Food Bank
"It was lovely visiting with you today. I enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on our department and the agency generally. The rest of Development had similar sentiments and all mentioned how gracious, patient and easy to talk with you were."
- Stephen Raeside, Senior Director of Development
Tarrant Area Food Bank
"Thank you for all your hard work on DSPNT’s development assessment and strategic planning. What a difference both efforts have made! I truly enjoyed working with Project Partners and welcome the opportunity to work together in the future."
- Elizabeth Hammond, Managing Director
Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas
"Thank you for your partnership and for the amazing work Project Partners and Child Study Center are able to accomplish together."
- Julie Dowell, Assistant Director of Development
Child Study Center
"You kept us on track, on time, and we now have a complete plan of action for the new educational partnership between BRIT and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, which we are now carrying forward. Thank you."
- Patricia Harrison, M. Ed., Senior Vice President, Director of Education
Botanic Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)
"Project Partners expertly facilitated a strategic planning process for the new BRIT/Fort Worth Botanic Garden education partnership. They kept the group organized and provided a valuable toolkit to help break down the process into smaller, manageable tasks."
- Sarah Geer, Program Officer
Rainwater Charitable Foundation
"You were so thorough. Every detail was covered, we trusted you completely, and the event ran very smoothly. We could not have done it without your help. Thank you."
- Chad Mathews, Festival & Film Society Director
Lone Star Film Festival and Lone Star Film Society
"Christy’s fundraising and communications expertise is amazing! We’ve learned that following her advice strengthens and significantly increases gifts to our mission. Thanks for the partnership!"