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8/10/18 Friends of the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to preserving, protecting, and conserving our incredible Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge called on Project Partners to provide logistics coordination for their inaugural Sunset Event to be held October 10, 2018, on the grounds of the Nature Center. This event will provide for significant community engagement while honoring the Fort Worth-based Chair of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission, Ralph Duggins. We look forward to a successful partnership with Executive Director, Haily Summerford, and her distinguished volunteer committee.
7/6/18 Project Partners concluded a four-year assignment with the Plano ISD Education Foundation, providing grant writing and grant program management. The partnership provided continuity through three Executive Director transitions and assured investments of more than $800,000 to the students and staff of Plano ISD, not counting a million dollar Toyota grant and several other multi-year grants. We also focused very successfully on prospecting for new relationships and funding opportunities. Funds raised supported STEM initiatives, AVID programs, grants to educators, an outdoor science camp, family literacy, teacher externships, and more. The Plano ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to help all students in the Plano Independent School District achieve their full potential by providing financial support to educators and academic programs. Their board and Executive Director, Kristin Alexander, do a super job.
6/15/18 After a record-setting year of major gifts, grants, individual giving, and annual fundraising event success, Cassata Catholic High School renewed our agreement for another fiscal year of comprehensive development services. This begins our third year of work together. Cassata is a coeducational Catholic high school in Fort Worth, offering open enrollment, self-paced learning, and a flexible schedule to prepare students of all backgrounds for college and their chosen career paths.
5/30/18 Project Partners once again served as logistics coordinator and show producer for the May 24th Fort Worth Sister Cities Mayor’s International Dinner and Global Awards event which boasted more than 500 guests at the Omni in downtown Fort Worth. As part of the 2014 assessment and messaging work, we helped Fort Worth Sister Cities transform this major, annual event from a themed fundraiser to a mission-driven event and integral initiative of the annual giving campaign. The Members Circle donors now make this event possible, and benefit from tables and tickets, providing an opportunity to widen this thriving network of individuals, organizations, corporations, and community leaders dedicated to expanding global relationships for peace and prosperity at home and abroad.
5/16/18 The North Texas Community Foundation (NTCF) has called on Project Partners once again to provide expert event management for the 2018 North Texas Giving Day (NTGD) kick-off event which will be held this year on September 19th, the evening before North Texas Giving Day, at Shipping & Receiving in Fort Worth. With scheduled giving an option this year, nonprofits registered for NTGD will use this event as a head start for their board members and donors while enjoying wonderful music, food, and prize drawings provided by NTCF. This is especially fun for us, as we also manage NTGD for a good number of our clients.
5/15/18 Noche de Gracias (Night of Thanks) hosted by Joe T. Garcia’s was a huge success, raising just over $107,000. As Cassata Catholic High School’s only annual fundraising event, Noche de Gracias raises approximately 10% of the school’s annual budget. Project Partners is proud to provide event evaluation and management for this historic Fort Worth school as part of comprehensive fund development consulting and hands-on project management for annual giving, grants, major gifts, communications, and volunteer/community engagement.
4/24/18 Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas has once again called on Project Partners; this time to provide donor relations software consulting. Improved donor, volunteer, and event management technology will help DSPNT achieve strategic goals.
4/18/18 HEB ISD Education Foundation has renewed our partnership for comprehensive consulting and project management. This will be our eighth year of work providing strategic guidance, community relations, event management, fundraising, program development, and board and volunteer engagement.
3/22/18 Project Partners is proud to sponsor and attend the upcoming Leadership ISD CollaborACTION Summit. Leadership ISD advances educational excellence and equity by informing and connecting leaders to shape policy, lead strategically, and champion change.
3/8/18 Project Partners will provide coaching and consulting for the volunteer leaders of MACE (Mexican American College Education Fund, Inc.). MACE’s mission is to provide scholarships to students who wish to obtain a college education and who personify strong academic and leadership qualities.
2/27/18 The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and Fort Worth ISD are teaming to support Project Partners’ work to develop the summary report of the results of the 2017 Pilot of the Strategic Pathways to Student Success (SPSS) project. SPSS is a collaborative community program designed to enhance student college and career success and has been developed by a wide base of additional stakeholders including TCC, UTA, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, Texas Wesleyan, the Education Service Center, and many others. Project Partners has served as consultant and project manager, providing consistency and results.
2/14/18 The North Texas Community Foundation oriented more than 50 nonprofits to the neighborhood-focus of their 2018 Toolbox Grants cycle. These grants will help build organizational capacity - not fund programming. Project Partners’ services have been funded several times through Toolbox Grants. Let us know how we can help.
2/8/18 Fort Worth Sister Cities has once again turned to Project Partners for expert
event consulting and project management for the upcoming Mayor’s International
Dinner scheduled for May 24, 2018 at the Omni.
1/18/18 The Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce called on Project Partners to facilitate their upcoming board retreat which will focus on creating a three-year community-based strategic plan.
1/10/18 Project Partners is looking forward to facilitating Southeast Fort Worth Inc.’s board retreat in late January. It is our honor and privilege to assist this organization committed to the economic development of the southeast region of Fort Worth.
12/29/17 Birdville ISD Education Foundation called on Project Partners to provide consulting and project management services in areas of nonprofit administration/strategic planning, community relations and communication, fundraising, events management, program development, and board and committee engagement. We are so excited to work with this great board of directors to prioritize the work at hand and complete the foundation’s fiscal year already in progress.
12/21/17 As Project Partners looks to close out this 23rd year of business, we say "thank you" for your business, friendship, and collaboration! We love being your partner for good. Thanks for all you do!
11/16/17 Nominated by Girls Inc., Alice and Buddy Puente were among several wonderful philanthropists honored at this year’s AFP Philanthropy Day luncheon at Cendera Center. We’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Buddy on chamber and educational projects for more than 20 years, and we’ve had the privilege of supporting Alice in her leadership role with American Red Cross. Congrats on this well-deserved honor!
11/4/17 On the heels of three successful fundraising events this year, Child Study Center once again called on Project Partners to provide consulting and project management for their end of year development work. We are so grateful to have the opportunity to work with this amazing team again!
10/26/17 VoyageDallas featured Project Partners’ twenty-three years of service in this fun article.
10/14/17 On a perfect fall morning, more than 400 walkers and runners participated in the Child Study Center’s Puzzle Scuttle event at TCU. We love adding capacity to the very busy and dedicated CSC development team!
10/6/17 Our Dr. Cynthia Miller teamed with Dr. Karen Rue to present "Re-framing Community Engagement" at the TASA/TASB Convention in Dallas. TASA (Texas Association of School Administrators) and TASB (Texas Association of School Boards). Cynthia’s energy and expertise is hard at work for business and education partnerships!
9/21/17 North Texas Giving Day was extremely successful for our participating clients. As one example, Cassata Catholic High School raised three times what they had raised in the past. Great job, Cassata team!
9/5/17 Project Partners is now a subscriber to the Foundation Center Directory online database which provides information on all 140,000 U.S. Foundations.
8/24/17 As part of a fourth year assignment with Plano ISD Education Foundation, Lerii F. Smith, CFRE made two presentations at the Plano ISD Education Foundation Board Retreat – “Your Board’s Role in Fundraising” and “Business and Education Partnerships. Creating a Lovefest.”
8/23/17 Project Partners welcomed former Fort Worth Chamber Executive, Cynthia Miller Ph.D. as our newest consulting associate. Cynthia brings more than 40 years of business and nonprofit industry experience to the Project Partners team, with a focus on workforce development, business and education partnerships, and fundraising. We are so excited that this former client will now serve our clients!
8/4/17 The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) called on Project Partners to provide strategic planning consulting and program development for the newly formed partnership between the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens and BRIT. We’re very proud to be part of this historic collaboration.
7/31/17 The Lone Star Film Society has partnered with Project Partners for expert management of the logistics for their upcoming November 8th Lone Star Film Festival Ball to be held at Bass Hall.
7/10/17 Following our work together on Party on the Patio and the Children’s Golf Classic, the Child Study Center renewed a partnership with Project Partners to provide consulting and project management for the October 14, 2017 Puzzle Scuttle at TCU. We’ll also provide some comprehensive development consulting. We are so honored to continue this important work.
7/7/17 Cassata Catholic High School renewed a partnership for grant writing and grant program management plus additional development consulting and training for staff and board members. Included will be fundraising event evaluation and project planning services.
7/5/17 Plano ISD Education Foundation renewed a partnership for grant writing and grant program management plus additional consulting services of board retreat presentation/facilitation on the board’s role in fundraising and creating the ideal community/business/education partnerships. This begins a fourth year of work together.
6/13/17 Thanks to Mayor Jim Griffin, Board Chair of the HEB ISD Education Foundation, Lerii F. Smith, CFRE was the guest speaker for the Northeast Leadership Forum breakfast meeting. She delivered a speech on one of her favorite topics - Business and Education Partnerships - and shared many case studies of Project Partners’ work through the years. These win-win relationships can bring joy, goodwill, and success to all involved.
6/2/17 Staff and volunteer leadership of the Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation gathered near DFW Airport to envision a future where suicide is never a choice and to create a strategic plan to carry forward their mission - to eradicate suicide by funding depression research, creating awareness through education, erasing the stigma, and providing hope to those who are struggling in silence.
5/31/17 Today marks a full year of development work with the Fort Worth Academy family and what a year it was! The annual giving campaign raised more than $100,000 in a short campaign season and involved more than 90% of the families, Extravaganza netted $300,000, and almost $110,000 was given to the new Bill Broderick Trajectory Program, in honor of Bill’s retirement. In addition, several foundation relationships were renewed and a new Director of Development was named.
5/16/17 After a highly successful Party on the Patio, Child Study Center called on Project Partners to handle the Children’s Golf Classic at Mira Vista on June 26th. Originally planned for earlier in the spring, there is opportunity to re-engage sponsors, teams, and players for this important event.
5/15/17 The HEB ISD Education Foundation renewed our work for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. This will be our seventh year to serve this amazing 30-member board who are dedicated to supporting the excellence in education of the HEB ISD.
5/9/17 The Jordan Elizabeth Harris Foundation folks called on Project Partners for development of their case for support and for facilitation of their board work session on June 2nd which will focus on visioning, fundraising, and programming.
5/3/17 Cassata Catholic High School’s 20th annual Noche de Gracias was enjoyed by more than 200 guests on the patio of Joe T Garcia’s on an unseasonably cool and windy day. Hearts were warmed by the highlights of the evening which included hearing from a successful alumni from 1997; a grateful parent; the 2017 valedictorian; the advisory council chair; and also honoring Good Shepherd Catholic Community with the Spirit of Cassata award. This school has been changing lives since 1975.
4/20/17 When unexpected development staff transitions occurred, our friends at Child Study Center once again called on Project Partners - this time to help assure success of their annual fundraising event, Party on the Patio, May 9th, at Joe T Garcia’s.
4/10/17 HEB ISD Education Foundation coordinated a terrific donor cultivation and stewardship event at the HEB ISD Buinger CTE Academy for the fine folks at North Tarrant Express. NTE has been generous and is looking at ways to further engage. Thanks, Robert and team!
4/10/17 Project Partners presented the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Fort Worth Chapter luncheon program on crucial strategies for grant writing success. If you’d like a copy of the handout, please give us a shout. Project Partners has done much grant writing and grant program management in our 23 years - as part of larger scopes of work; as interim help during key staff transitions; and as long-term assignments for clients who love the many benefits of contracting for professional help.
3/23/17 The HEB ISD Education Foundation once again produced an inspiring event - the Awards of Excellence - recognizing 33 high school seniors and their teacher mentors in 14 fields of study. Foundation board member participation was exemplary, as was the support from the HEB ISD Board of Trustees, the HEB ISD Cabinet, elected officials, and our donors, who make this event and all of the foundation’s work possible.
3/9/17 The board members of Brothers Keepers, a nonprofit dedicated to serving veterans and first responders, met at UTA downtown to address key strategic planning questions. Lerii F. Smith, CFRE facilitated the discussion, charted the responses, and provided notes, observations and recommendations on next steps for continued growth and success.
3/1/17 Already on assignment with Cassata Catholic High School for grant writing and grant program management work, Project Partners also stepped in to coordinate their annual Noche de Gracias fundraising and outreach event, scheduled for May 3rd and once again graciously hosted by Joe T. Garcia’s.
2/9/17 TCC Foundation circled back to Project Partners to produce an annual report/15-year report that celebrates such a milestone. This will be our 6th project (writing/design, event management, board retreat planning and facilitation) for these fine folks who work to raise and invest funds and community resources to benefit the mission of the Tarrant County College District.
1/30/17 Project Partners delivered the recommendations report to the executive team of the Tarrant Area Food Bank, outlining next steps to assure the best development department infrastructure going forward. We are pleased to report that Stephen Raeside has been named Senior Director of Development.
1/12/17 Our client of six years, the HEB ISD Education Foundation, enjoyed a 50% increase in participation in the semester-end/holiday parent outreach and awareness program. This initiative encourages parents and others in our community, like Adopt-a-School companies, to give financial gifts to the education foundation in honor of their teachers and other beloved educators instead of the usual candy or candle. The educators still get a treat - a yummy, customized cookie for the students to deliver, in addition to a tribute page they’ve helped design.
12/23/16 Tarrant Area Food Bank called on Project Partners for development consulting during key development staff transitions. We look forward to serving this distinguished organization we have long admired and supported.
12/21/16 After an assessment work phase, the Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas leadership renewed its partnership for continued work together on strategic planning.
12/16/16 Fort Worth Sister Cities International once again teamed with Project Partners for event and fundraising consulting and project management for the Members Circle campaign and the 2017 Mayor’s International Dinner.
12/6/16 After significant work with us by the Strategic Planning Task Force, the board members of the Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition met to discuss their mission and program of work going forward. Outcomes to date are impressive. The final strategic plan will help guide them towards their goals.
11/20/16 The volunteer board members of the Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas met in a board retreat and discussed, in part, Project Partners’ assessment of the opportunities that lie ahead for the organization. Further strategic planning will take place to focus on the mission and the program of work to achieve that mission.
11/16/16 Project Partners received formal notification from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) of approval as a registered provider of continuing education for school board members in the areas of vision, advocacy and unity. We have worked collaboratively with scores of school board members through the years. As community engagement experts, this allows a more direct opportunity to be of service.
11/2/16 Blue Zones Project Fort Worth returned to Project Partners, this time for facilitation of an off-site management staff meeting as they look ahead to exceeding goals for 2017.
10/31/16 Thanks to great volunteer Chairs and Grade Captains, an incredible case for support, consistent and caring outreach, a fun incentive and reward package, and a defined time frame, Fort Worth Academy achieved a phenomenal 90% parent participation for the Annual Fund campaign.
10/24/16 Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition returned to Project Partners for a strategic planning refresh. Founded in 2012, outcomes have been extraordinary. Now it’s time to look ahead to make sure that the Coalition continues to make an impact to prevent drowning deaths in Fort Worth, Texas.
10/11/16 Unity One Credit Union circled back to us again for event logistics services for the October 22nd KIDtoberfest Magic & Mischief Show at their N. Tarrant Parkway location. Very fun. They know the importance of splendid planning and execution for these important community outreach events.
9/21/16 The success of the inaugural Members Circle fiscal year was celebrated at the annual meeting of Fort Worth Sister Cities International at the Fort Worth Club. Five hundred companies and individuals were introduced to the important mission, $300,000 was raised through the campaign, $38,000 was already pledged for the new fiscal year via the inaugural Sustainers, $48,000 was raised for students through Photos with Santa, $150,000 was given in student and educator scholarships, and $40,000 of Lead Gifts were announced for the new year, along with the new volunteer leadership. Congrats, Sister Cities!
9/1/16 Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas partnered with us to craft an assertive fundraising plan to increase their capacity to help achieve their important mission.
8/17/16 The Fort Worth ISD Education Foundation Board Work Session hosted by Board Chair Dr. Mike West, President of UTA Fort Worth, was a big success. The board members met to focus on their mission, their program of work to achieve that mission, and funding priorities.
8/12/16 The HEB ISD Education Foundation board participated in the HEB ISD Convocation, announcing a record-setting Lead Gift Campaign to the 2016-2017 Superintendent’s Circle of Giving. In addition, the HEB ISD Staff Campaign was launched with a theme of "Inspire.Innovate.Invest."
8/8/16 CASA of Tarrant County has returned to Project Partners during a time of transition. We will be helping them determine how their development department should be structured going forward. Congrats to new CEO/Executive Director, Don Binnicker, MSSW, on his recent appointment. The organization and the children they serve will truly benefit from such a strong leader with proven program and administrative experience.
8/1/16 The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce extended our agreement for Strategic Pathways to Student Success consulting and project management through September. Work is underway for a pilot phase this next academic year and there is much to do for this collective impact project.
7/20/16 Unity One Credit Union turned to Project Partners for a third project - this time for help to professionally execute their Gear Up for School event on August 20th at their North Fort Worth location. This important community event will include free school supplies, refreshments, music, and more for approximately 400 students.
6/30/16 Cassata Catholic High School extended an agreement for grant writing and grant program management work for 2016-2017. Cassata is a gem in our community’s educational continuum crown - opening doors and transforming lives...one student at a time.
6/13/16 After a successful inaugural spring staff campaign totaling more than $16,000, plans are underway for an August 17th Fort Worth ISD Education Foundation Board Work Session to help craft a program of work focus, especially with fundraising and community engagement in mind.
6/1/16 Fort Worth Academy turned to Project Partners once again to manage the key development initiatives for the 2016-2017 academic year as the Assistant Headmaster for Advancement resigned her position. Too, this will be Headmaster Bill Broderick’s last year at the Academy, and the very dedicated staff and board of directors are committed to continued development success.
5/19/16 HEB ISD Education Foundation renewed our agreement to provide comprehensive services to this impressive volunteer board of directors. In addition to strategic guidance, we provide hands-on project management of community relations, event management, fundraising, program development, and board and volunteer engagement. This will be our sixth year of work together. Thanks, friend and client Bill Lynch of Minute Man Press, for the referral five years ago!
5/13/16 Plano ISD Education Foundation has renewed our partnership for continued grant writing and grant program management services. This will be the third academic year of support to this stellar client.
5/5/16 Four hundred corporate and community leaders - all Members Circle donors or guests of Members Circle donors - were treated to an extraordinary night of international flair at the Fort Worth Sister Cities Mayor’s International Dinner at the Omni Hotel. We’ve helped execute more than a 1000 high profile events, but the words "flawless" never get old. Congrats to the entire team!
5/5/16 Eighty friends of the HEB ISD Education Foundation gathered for the Superintendent’s Circle of Giving spring celebration at the new Texas Harley Davidson in Bedford to celebrate an extraordinary fiscal year of supporting the excellence in education of the HEB ISD. Thanks to all!
4/29/16 The results of the first week of the Fort Worth ISD’s inaugural employee giving campaign are exciting: 131 employees have given more than $12,000 to the Scholarship Fund and many have shared incredible testimonials about the value and work of the new Fort Worth ISD Education Foundation.
4/22/16 Campaign features - including the theme, concept, copy, graphics, timeline, rewards, online giving portal, superintendent’s support and cooperation with the terrific Fort Worth ISD Communications Department - are set for the inaugural Fort Worth ISD Education Foundation employee giving campaign launch next week.
3/30/16 The Strategic Pathways to Student Success Task Force met to monitor results. Work Groups have produced high tech tool recommendations, survey results from students, counselors and college/career coaches, and an educational community resources guide. Next priority might be the focus on the high touch approach to college and career readiness.
3/7/16 We proudly welcome Christy Crytzer Pierce to the Project Partners team. Christy brings more than 14 years of well-rounded nonprofit industry experience, greatly expanding our capacity to serve our clients in all core service areas including the increased demand for grant writing and grant program management.
3/3/16 Audubon Texas’ Women in Conservation event at the Fort Worth Club was a huge success, honoring four outstanding women and raising more than $200,000. It was our pleasure to support Haily Summerford and her team to assure logistics and other key event features were in order.
3/1/16 The Fort Worth ISD Education Foundation, established in 2014, has engaged our services for facilitation of a board work session with a focus on the program of work and for assistance with an inaugural employee giving campaign.
2/18/16 Cassata Catholic High School turned to Project Partners for grant writing and program management services during their busy annual event season.
2/15/16 Community Hospice of Texas (CHOT) has partnered with Project Partners for help with a 20th anniversary fund concept, a spring newsletter, and an annual report. We look forward to serving this organization dedicated to compassionate end-of-life care.
2/4/16 Based in part on our 2014 recommendations report, Fort Worth Sister Cities International welcomed to their staffing team a new Associate Director for Community Engagement which will provide added capacity as they continue to work to "Connect Globally and Thrive Locally".
1/28/16 The Strategic Pathways to Student Success Task Force reconvened to launch phase 2 of this important initiative. Watch soon for several deliverables, including a student resource provider directory and the short list of the best technology tools on the market for college and career pathway exploration. Go Centers will be the hub for SPSS. More soon.
1/01/16 Happy New Year from your Project Partners team! We look forward to serving you in 2016 - our 22nd year in business. Thank you for your business, referrals, collaboration, and friendship.
12/10/15 Project Partners finalized a new Members Circle campaign piece for Fort Worth Sister Cities International that will be a key tool for communicating their important mission, recognizing volunteer leadership and attracting support for their cause.
11/20/15 CFRE International notified Lerii F. Smith that her application for re-certification as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) was approved. Lerii is one of only 5000 worldwide to achieve this credential that she originally earned in 2006. It is awarded for proven education, experience, performance, service and examination.
11/11/15 Under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Fisher Miller, Sr. Vice President of Education and Workforce Development of the Fort Worth Chamber, Jenna M. Waters took the lead for Project Partners in supporting the impressive Strategic Pathways to Student Success Model Task Force for a full Stakeholder Briefing at the Fort Worth Club. We crafted the invitation list and the invitations, managed the RSVP’s, created the collateral, scripted the speakers, prepped the speakers, created and managed the Prezi presentation, produced a response form and coordinated the logistics. Results exceeded expectations: 54 attendees represented a great cross-section of the targeted community and we received an overall 74% rate of return on responses regarding shared outcomes.
10/28/15 Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County launched the Tarrant County Alliance for Economic Independence during their Summit at the Lena Pope Amon Carter Center (one of our favorite event venues). It was a pleasure to work with the staff and Mike Doyle, Workforce Solutions Delivery Systems Committee Chair, and his Summit committee to produce such an important gathering of key nonprofit service providers.
10/25/15 A weekend of pouring rain did not faze the AIDS Outreach Center volunteers, staff, exhibitors, sponsors, and walkers who participated in the Hope Walk at Trinity Park. As event coordinators, we were happy for a cloudy, but dry afternoon of good outdoor fun for a great cause.
10/4/15 With Chrissie Stuntz in the lead, we had the privilege to manage logistics for the ACH Child and Family Services "Century of Caring" event at Sundance Square. Perfect weather, a great crowd and terrific entertainment framed a wonderful and memorable event.
9/26/15 Lerii F. Smith led the board retreat for Fort Worth Sister Cities International with a focus on engaging board members in fundraising and community engagement. Thanks to Greg Irwin and BBVA Compass for hosting.
9/24/15 Audubon Texas convened their Host Committee at BRIT for the 2016 Women in Conservation event. It’s such a pleasure to support Haily Summerford and her team.
9/17/15 Jenna M. Waters presented our recommendations for community engagement and fundraising to the board of VETCO. We look forward to seeing this dedicated all-volunteer group improve their profile and advance their important cause.
9/15/15 Aids Outreach Center lost a key staff member during our current assignment, so Project Partners increased our role to include additional development tasks.
9/11/15 The Fort Worth Chamber has engaged Project Partners for consulting and project management services for the Strategic Pathways to Student Success initiative. It’s a privilege to support the volunteer task force members who birthed the model. Our partnership with the chamber goes back more than 20 years!
9/1/15 Irving Schools Foundation has partnered with Project Partners for grant program management needs. We are excited to work with Crystal Scanio, Executive Director, to move this important project forward. Many thanks to Board President, Jesus Monroy as well.
8/28/15 The Lead Gift phase of the HEB ISD Education Foundation’s Annual Giving Campaign has not only almost met the entire budget goal, but has attracted the largest single endowment gift in the foundation’s 20-year history. Congrats to the volunteer Leadership Team!
8/20/15 Joe Taylor, Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee for Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County, and his fellow board members dedicated a generous amount of time to their 2015 Board Retreat at Mira Vista Country Club. Consensus was reached on a growth model strategy that will honor their decades-long commitment to seniors in need and serve even more seniors in our community in the future.
8/18/15 The communications team of Crowley ISD is expanding! If you know anyone who might be interested in joining the CISD team as a Communications & Marketing Coordinator, please have them check the job posting. It has been our privilege to work with these fine folks.
7/13/15 TG has granted the Fort Worth Chamber funds to further incubate the Strategic Pathways to Student Success Model. Project Partners assisted with the grant proposal, facilitated the initial two meetings that helped birth the model and has supported the chamber’s work to under-gird the Task Force’s incredible work.
7/11/15 AIDS Outreach Center has re-branded their walk (now HopeWalk) and moved it to the fall. With a change in staffing, they have called on Project Partners to provide consulting and project management support to their impressive volunteer committee. Mark your calendars for October 25th!
6/11/15 Project Partners sponsored the HEB Chamber’s State of Education luncheon, featuring Superintendent Steve Chapman, giving equal billing to our client, the HEB ISD Education Foundation. The HEB Chamber is a client, too, and serves as the administrative arm for the foundation, so this was a win-win all around. Lots of our board members and campaign supporters were in the audience. Very fun.
6/3/15 Long-time friend, client and collaborator, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, called on Project Partners for consulting and project management for its Community Summit to be held October 28th. This summit, planned by a committee chaired by Mike Doyle, will be designed to inform our community of the new WIOA, Workforce Solutions’ role in it, and its vision for a resulting program of work called "Tarrant County Alliance for Economic Independence".
5/29/15 The all-volunteer board of the HEB ISD Education Foundation renewed an agreement with Project Partners for a fifth year of work together. It is truly our privilege to work with this dedicated group of corporate and community leaders dedicated to supporting the excellence in education of the HEB ISD.
5/27/15 Key community leaders involved with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Strategic Pathways to Student Success project convened at the Fort Worth Club. We had the unique privilege of an interview with representatives of TG for possible incubation funding for the project.
5/21/15 The Veterans Coalition of Tarrant County (VETCO) partnered with Project Partners for program development and grant application assistance.
5/6/15 Six board members of Victory Therapy Center pledged a collective $19,000 of Lead Gifts to the new Victory Circle of Support that will launch in June. Even better is that the pledges were for Sustaining gifts, tripling the commitment to $57,000 in three years.
5/6/15 Site visits in Fort Worth were conducted to determine the venue for Audubon Texas’ 2016 Texas Women in Conservation event. Stay tuned.
5/5/15 Fifteen board members of Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant
County dedicated their valuable time to learning more about the primary
programs of the organization during a strategic planning work session.
4/30/15 Twenty-nine high school seniors were recognized in various fields of study at the HEB ISD Education Foundation’s Awards of Excellence event at the Pat May Center.
4/23/15 The board of Senior Citizen Services of Greater Tarrant County voted unanimously to hire Project Partners for their strategic planning consulting and facilitation. Thanks to the chair of their Long Range Planning Committee, Joe Taylor of J. Taylor, for his leadership on this important initiative.
4/22/15 Plano ISD Education Foundation has assured another year of work together by renewing our agreement two months before its current expiration. Watch for continued, incredible results from new Executive Director, Jeanine Alpert, and her wonderful Administrative Assistant, Marta Lilly.
4/13/15 Long-time friend and client, Haily Summerford, has called on us again for event management help for the Audubon Texas "Women in Conservation" event to be held in Fort Worth late winter of 2016. Watch for more details.
4/9/15 Alicia McGlinchey, Chair of the HEB ISD Education Foundation Board joined Lerii F. Smith, CFRE in presenting "Ten Steps to Transitioning from Major Event Fundraising to Mission-oriented Campaign Fundraising" to education foundation representatives from across Texas at the Texas Education Foundation Network Conference in San Marcos. Alicia and Lerii gave the same presentation on April 13th to members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Fort Worth Chapter.
4/2/15 As co-chair of the SteerFW Major Events Committee, Staci Kirpach helped orchestrate a highly successful #SteerTheVote Candidate Forum at Four Day Weekend that involved nine candidates and 190 attendees. Many thanks to our friends at Four Day Weekend, Capital Grille, and Barefoot Wine and Bubbly for the help!
3/27/15 Under the current direction of Interim Executive Director, Craig Schaefer, Victory Therapy Center in Roanoke has partnered with us for consulting and project management services designed to improve their community profile and set the stage for some strategic fundraising and community engagement.
3/9/15 ACH Child and Family Services turned to Project Partners to serve as the Event Manager for their Century of Caring Event at Sundance Square on October 4th.
3/7/15 The American Red Cross BASH at Panther Pavilion was a huge hit! Featuring Green River Ordinance and a MASH-like theme, this event raised awareness and funds for the ARC’s service to the military. Staci Kirpach of Project Partners had the privilege to serve as Team Leader and Logistics Coordinator, working hand-in-hand with Committee Chair Alice Puente, her volunteer team, and the ARC staff.
2/21/15 Project Partners, with Chrissie Stuntz in the lead, was privileged to produce the very experiential Blue Zones Fort Worth Launch event at Will Rogers Memorial Center.
2/13/15 Cook Children’s Health Care System called on Project Partners for a second round of coordination for the CCHAPS Focus Groups project. CCHAPS stands for Community-wide Children’s Health Assessment & Planning Survey. The last survey was completed in 2012. Wendy Misfeldt will take the lead on this project.
2/12/15 American Red Cross renewed our work together as interim Team Leader and Logistics Coordinator. Staci Kirpach will now see that project through to fruition on March 7th.
2/10/15 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE was honored when asked to speak again in June to the United Way Council of Agency Executives.
1/23/15 The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce turned to Project Partners for proven consulting and project management for a collaborative community educational initiative designed to increase career and college readiness for students.
1/1/15 We welcomed 2015 - our twenty-first year of business, thanks in great part to our fabulous clients and collaborators. THANK YOU!
12/19/14 Texas Pioneer Foundation, the sponsor of the Texas Education Foundation Network Conference, has asked Project Partners to speak again in 2015. Our services are uniquely tailored for education foundations since we offer consulting and project management in community relations, events management, fundraising, community program development and volunteer engagement. We know just how hard these small organizations work to support their school districts.
12/9/14 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE had the distinct privilege to provide an overview of "Your Board’s Role in Fundraising" to members of the United Way Council of Agency Executives.
12/8/14 American Red Cross North Texas Region has called on us for interim Team Leader and Logistics Coordination services during a key staff transition time. Staci Kirpach is taking the lead.
11/18/14 We have partnered once again with Fort Worth Sister Cities International for work for the 2015 Mayor’s International Dinner. Michele Burnett will take the lead. More event details soon. (FWSCI’s events are never dull.)
11/20/14 On the invitation by friend and colleague Linda Smith, Director of Volunteers for the Tarrant Area Food Bank, Lerii F. Smith, CFRE presented "Volunteers. You can’t live with them. You can’t live without them." to members of DOVIA (Directors of Volunteers in Agencies). What a privilege to be with these fine folks.
11/6/14 The Blue Zones Project - Fort Worth, a community well-being initiative that makes healthy choices easier in all the places we live, work, and play, called on Project Partners to manage multiple event launches in early January. Stay tuned for more info on dates, times, and venues.
11/2/14 Thirty private schools gathered for the Private School Preview at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to share their unique missions and methods to families considering a private school education. Many thanks to our host, the volunteer steering committee, all the private schools, and the community partners who helped make this collaborative community event possible.
10/8/14 "Friends of Henry and Scout" launched today at the grand opening of the new animal medical treatment ward, with $64,000 of First Friends gifts. This giving program is designed to attract ongoing community support for the animals who find themselves in the care of the City of Fort Worth.
10/4/14 The team "How the West Was Run" with members Romy Basil, Victoria Puente, Annie Agarwal, and our very own Staci Kirpach, won the award for "Most Funds Raised" for the Fort Worth Sister Cities Amazingly Global Race in Sundance Square Plaza.
9/18/14 Hundreds of nonprofits gathered at Sundance Square Plaza to kick off the North Texas Giving Day. Community Foundation of North Texas produced this rally and Project Partners was privileged to partner with them on the logistics and entertainment elements of the event. Many thanks to our entertainment groups who volunteered their incredible time and talent!
8/31/14 The Lead Gift Campaign for the HEB ISD Education Foundation yielded almost 80% of pledges and payments towards the annual budget goal. Kudos to the excellent volunteer leadership team and staff members who made this possible.
8/6/14 Plano ISD Education Foundation board and staff made the decision to partner with Project Partners for grant program management for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. Since 2000, Plano ISD Education Foundation has gifted more than $7 million to priority programs and projects of the Plano ISD.
7/24/14 The Child Study Center has returned to Project Partners for grant program coordination and event management services during key staff transitions. The Child Study Center brings potential to light for thousands of children each year.
7/21/14 The Friends of Henry and Scout creative concept logo, tagline, and giving levels are complete. Look for more info soon on the city’s website about how you can become a Good Friend, Best Friend, and Guardian for Henry and Scout, the city’s adopted mascot rescues, and all their friends saved and served by our city’s animal care department. This program will launch at the grand opening of the new Medical Treatment Ward, made possible by generous donors and the Community Foundation of North Texas.
7/18/14 HEB ISD Education Foundation Lead Gift appeal letters, complete with personal notes from the board president, vice-president, and superintendent of schools, dropped. With volunteer encouragement by phone, e-mail, and in person, we expect a significant amount of support to be raised before convocation in a month.
6/13/14 Staci Kirpach presented valuable information on effective use of social media to a full house of fundraising professionals at the DFW Philanthropy Conference in Irving, produced by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
6/11/14 Outreach surveys of key community leaders started for Fort Worth Sister Cities International. Information gleaned will help guide recommendations for improved messaging and community engagement.
6/2/14 The HEB ISD Education Foundation board renewed their agreement with Project Partners for a new fiscal year. Our team provides very comprehensive services to this impressive volunteer leadership - consulting and project management of fundraising, board engagement, community relations, program development and event management.
5/8/14 Community Foundation of North Texas has partnered with Project Partners for two important endeavors - North Texas Giving Day and Friends of Project Henry. The CFNTx serves the North Texas region so that people with philanthropic interests can support issues they care about - now or through their estates.
5/5/14 Project Partners was honored to be selected by the Fort Worth Sister Cities task force to provide consulting and project management for an assessment phase regarding enhanced messaging for fundraising strategy. Sister Cities promotes Fort Worth globally and enriches our community through international education, exchange and commerce.
5/2/14 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE met with the board of the Texas Council on Family Violence in Austin to present and discuss the recommendations report regarding the need for increased fundraising capacity. Executive Director, Gloria Terry, and board chair, Mary Lee Hafley, lead a committed board towards their important mission to create a safer Texas - free from family violence.
5/1/14 One hundred key friends and Superintendent’s Circle of Giving members of the HEB ISD Education Foundation gathered at The Old Bedford School to celebrate a terrific year of work to support the district’s commitment to excellence in education.
4/25/14 With the help of our graphic design partner, Colin Short of PULSE, and the staffing team of the TCC Foundation, final proofs were sent to press of a beautiful new folder and insert featuring the many reasons why anyone would want to support the good work of the TCC Foundation. Success Within Reach. Thanks to you.
4/4/14 Lerii F. Smith was privileged to lead four roundtable discussions focused on "Events. Yes or No?" and lead a break out session on event management titled "Beyond the Pink Napkins" to the Executive Directors and board leaders of education foundations at the Texas Education Foundation Network Annual Conference, sponsored by the Texas Pioneer Foundation in San Marcus. Accompanied by impressive Board President of the HEB ISD Education Foundation, Alicia McGlinchey, she also presented a session on "Your Annual Giving Campaign and Your Board’s Role in It". Many thanks to all who made that a tremendous event for those in our state working to raise and award private resources in support of their independent school district.
3/25/14 Camp Fire First Texas returned to Project Partners for help coordinating their grant management program. Grant income represents a large portion of their revenues each year. Project Partner’s Chrissie Stuntz - writer, consultant, and project manager - will provide some relief in writing retention grants during this busy "grant season."
3/25/14 Lerii F. Smith facilitated a subcommittee meeting of the Fort Worth Chamber’s Quality Workforce Development Committee. An impressive group, these leaders represented the chamber, UTA, TCC, Fort Worth ISD, businesses, the Education Service Center, parents, Workforce Solutions for Tarrant County, and United Way. The focus of the discussion was on how best to enhance college and career readiness for Fort Worth ISD students.
3/23/14 Fort Worth was once again home to the McCammon Voice Competition semifinals and finals, the "Cliburn" of operatic talent, held this weekend at the Kimbell Art Museum and Bass Hall. The Opera Guild of Fort Worth volunteers work tirelessly towards their mission to foster the talents and careers of young opera singers through an internationally recognized voice competition.
3/6/14 The HEB ISD Education Foundation honored 29 outstanding high school students and their selected teacher mentors at the Awards of Excellence event at the Pat May Center. Dinner was catered by the HEB ISD Culinary Arts students and each student was congratulated by State Senator Kelly Hancock, Superintendent Steve Chapman, and Foundation Board President Alicia McGlinchey.
2/25/14 Project Partners delivered an executive summary and recommendations report to the Executive Director of the Texas Council on Family Violence. Recommendations were based on assessment phase work regarding the need for increased fundraising capacity for TCFV.
2/20/14 More than 120 realtors, developers and home builders gathered with educators at the CISD Bill R. Johnson Career & Technology Education Center to learn of the remarkable work of Crowley ISD. They heard directly from Superintendent Dan Powell and also from Steve Saxon of Legacy Capital Co., who shared information regarding the new Chisholm Trail Ranch development.
2/15/14 TCC Foundation Board Chairman, Bob Benda, and Committee Chairs, David Parker and Randall Canedy, planned and executed another great board member retreat at the TCC Opportunity Center. Lerii was happy to have returned to help plan and facilitate the retreat that worked to further enhance the board’s focus on engagement in the fundraising mission of the foundation.
2/4/14 Project Partners was privileged to be part of the team to plan a workshop presented by Huckabee and the Center for Nonprofit Management for education foundation executive directors and board members. More than 30 impressive professionals and volunteers gathered at Huckabee’s training center in Fort Worth and learned more about best practices, especially in fundraising and board engagement. Many thanks to Alicia McGlinchey, Community Volunteer & Board President of HEB ISD Education Foundation for giving her time to share her experiences.
1/23/14 Lerii F. Smith presented "Your Board’s Role in Fundraising and Community Engagement" to the board members of SafeHaven of Tarrant County. Watch for continued great work from this organization that works 24/7 to end domestic violence in our community.
1/23/14 Leadership from Crowley ISD and North Crowley High School gave an update on Crowley ISD’s commitment to excellence in education to the realtors of Williams Trew Sotheby’s International Realty at River Crest Country Club. Great interest was shown in all that CISD has to offer families.
1/14/14 Project Partners spent a day in Austin, interviewing key staff and partners of the Texas Council on Family Violence as we seek to understand best opportunities to raise the community profile and increase private donations.
1/01/14 2014 marks the beginning of our twentieth year of business. Thank you for the privilege of serving as your partner for good. Happy New Year!
12/16/13 Tarrant County College Foundation returned to Project Partners for a second year of board retreat planning and facilitation and the redesign of a major gift piece around TCC’s new slogan, "Success Within Reach".
12/5/13 SafeHaven extended their work with Project Partners to focus on three things: a board orientation regarding their role in fundraising, the determination of communication staffing roles, and the refinement of key volunteer job descriptions.
11/27/13 The Texas Council on Family Violence in Austin, dedicated to promoting safe and healthy relationships and an end to domestic violence, called on Project Partners for help with assessing fundraising opportunities - messaging, programs, and staffing of that function within the organization.
11/26/13 Staci Kirpach and Lerii F. Smith presented the findings of the Capital Improvements/Reorganization Survey to the board of the Lockheed Martin Recreation Association (now Corporate Employees Recreation Association). A new manager has been named and this organization will use the information gleaned from the survey of prospective corporate partners to make informed decisions during this critical time of transition.
11/15/13 Lerii F. Smith had the privilege of discussing the Project Partners recommendations report with key fundraising and communications volunteers and staff of SafeHaven. Lots of opportunity to advance this critical cause in our community.
11/13/13 Fifteen impressive members of the Crowley ISD team - staff, students, parents, and partners - arrived at the Bill R. Johnson Career & Technology Education Center to be filmed for the Step Inside video series, to be distributed by the Fort Worth Business in December. The five videos will feature advanced academics, 21st-century learning, extracurricular opportunities, the Career & Technology Education program, and the future of CISD. Lots to tell during an exciting time for this outstanding school district.
11/3/13 More than 110 families visited 32 of the best private schools in Tarrant County - all under one roof - at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Many thanks to all participating schools and the partners of the Tarrant Independent School Consortium - the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth Child and Minute Man Press. Learn more at www.tarrantcountyprivateschoolpreview.com.
10/29/13 The McCammon Voice Competition fall recital was held at the beautiful home of Tim and Nancy Carter and featured 2012 winner, Jan Cornelius. Bravo!
10/16/13 The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce once again partnered with Project Partners for management of member benefits for the North Texas Cutting Champions Club. Members provide financial support to help retain the NCHA triple crown events in Fort Worth.
10/10/13 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE, was privileged to present the "Overview of Fundraising" module to the thirty-plus participants of the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising course at Dallas Baptist University. It is always so great to see new professionals entering this rewarding career field.
10/2/13 Project Partners delivered the Capital Improvements/Reorganization Survey Report to the manager of LMRA, soon to be named CERA (Corporate Employees Recreation Association).
9/30/13 The Crowley ISD Realtors/Homebuilders/Developers Luncheon has been set for Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the CISD Bill R. Johnson Career & Technology Center. Thanks to our realtor friends for their input regarding the best date.
9/27/13 Project Partners delivered our report to SafeHaven of Tarrant County outlining recommendations for improved community profile and fundraising. Did you that know SafeHaven is the oldest and largest organization in Tarrant County dedicated to ending domestic violence?
9/13/13 Private school registration is full for the 2013 Tarrant County Private School Preview set for Sunday, November 3rd, from 1-4 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. See the listing of the thirty-three participating schools at www.tarrantcountyprivateschoolpreview.com.
8/8/13 Crowley ISD has achieved the highest academic ratings possible under the state’s new accountability system. Results released by the Texas Education Agency show the district and 19 of its 21 tested campuses have been rated at the new top level of “Met Standard” and achieved 17 titles of academic “Distinction Designation.”
8/5/13 Corporate outreach interviews began for LMRA. The input and insights are terrific.
8/2/13 Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition returned to Project Partners for additional board facilitation.
7/31/13 HEB ISD Education Foundation’s Lead Gift Campaign topped $64,500 in ten days.
6/28/13 McCammon Voice Competition, with a focus on the 2014 event, returned to Project Partners for continued consulting and project management to achieve community relations goals.
6/27/13 SafeHaven of Tarrant County turned to Project Partners for community engagement and community relations consulting and project management. SafeHaven works 24/7 to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention and social change.
6/7/13 Project Partners sponsored the AFP DFW Philanthropy Conference and exhibited, too. It is always so great to see old and new friends who advance causes in our community.
5/13/13 The board of directors of the HEB ISD Education Foundation voted to renew the consulting and project management agreement with Project Partners for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. This foundation is flourishing under the leadership of board President, Alicia McGlinchey, raising significant dollars and engaging the community’s support for the great work of the district. The board also approved more than $40,000 in grant awards to HEB ISD educators.
5/9/13 The board of the Lockheed Martin Recreation Association (LMRA) is in a rigorous strategic planning phase and has called upon Project Partners to conduct outreach and a feasibility study so that informed decisions can be made.
5/7/13 Nationally recognized Fort Worth Sister Cities returned once again to Project Partners for logistics oversight, volunteer management and technical support for the 2013 Mayor’s International Dinner - "Dancing with the Sister Cities Stars". This event, scheduled for November 21, 2013, engages more than 500 guests and raises more than $200,000 for the important FWSCI mission.
5/6/13 The Fort Worth Drowning Prevention Coalition, established in August 2012, and led by a dedicated volunteer advisory board turned to Project Partners to develop a sponsorship program. Lerii F. Smith, CFRE facilitated a board work session in the fall.
5/2/13 Project Partners delivered a comprehensive Next Leap project plan packet to Amphibian Stage Productions. The plan was designed to help staff and volunteer leadership take the event to the next level and included sound, proven, fundraising and community engagement principles - all to enhance the great work this impressive Phib team is already doing.
4/25/13 The Crowley ISD school board unanimously voted to extend Project Partners’ community relations/community engagement work through June 2014. Betty Dillard, education writer for the Fort Worth Business Press wrote a great article on the impressive Career & Technology Education program of the CISD - the largest in the county.
4/24/13 The HEB ISD Education Foundation’s Superintendent’s Circle event hosted 80 key corporate, community, and educational leaders at Texas Star in Euless, honoring outgoing HEB ISD superintendent, Dr. Gene Buinger, and new superintendent, Steve Chapman. The foundation has raised more than $111,000 in the 2012-2013 annual giving campaign.
4/19/13 Project Partners delivered a strategic fundraising and community engagement plan to the board of the McCammon Voice Competition, complete with a new Patrons Program concept and specific ways to improve their community profile and engage more people in their mission. Check the schedule for the 2014 McCammon, the ’Cliburn’ for operatic talent, and get involved. Visit www.mccammonvoice.org.
4/18/13 Project Partners concluded a grant retention management program for CASA, (Court Appointed Special Advocates), submitting fourteen grants representing $93,600 in retention dollars from foundations and community trusts. We also served on the Host Committee for the April 25th Judge Scott Moore Awards Dinner.
3/29/13 Project Partners wrapped up a two-month grant management program assignment with long-time client, Campfire First Texas. Not only did we manage the research, development, and submission of grants due within this time frame, we also created a master grant management work sheet for the team and conducted a complete assessment of the grant management system of processes and procedures. A complete checklist and recommendations report was provided. We continue to provide ongoing consulting to the newly- named grant manager.
3/13/13 Thanks to lots of great work by key volunteers of the McCammon Voice Competition, and Project Partners’ expert design and development, the new and improved McCammon website launched: www.mccammonvoice.org
3/7/13 Twenty-nine outstanding high school seniors from L.D. Bell, Trinity, and Keys and their selected teacher mentors were recognized at the HEB ISD Education Foundation’s Awards of Excellence event at the HEB ISD Pat May Center. This event is made possible by the many donors to the Foundation’s Superintendent’s Circle of Giving - now more than $100,000 strong.
3/2/13 The state-wide volunteer board of the Texas Pediatric Society Foundation met in Plano to discuss strategic fundraising and community engagement. Lerii F. Smith, CFRE was proud to facilitate their important discussion. Project Partners also provided a post-meeting report that included charts, presentation information, and a populated strategic planning template to assist the team as they move forward to achieve their goals.
3/1/13 Project Partners helped orchestrate Crowley ISD’s first ever Realtors and Developers Luncheon, attracting more than 70 people interested in learning more about the many points of pride of the Crowley ISD.
2/28/13 Nurse-Family Partnership’s maternal health program introduces vulnerable first-time parents to caring maternal and child health nurses. At an upcoming regional meeting of their staff leadership, Project Partners will facilitate discussions regarding a recent leadership change and goal-setting for the future.
2/21/3 Unity One Credit Union performs incredible work with students regarding financial literacy. They have returned to Project Partners for a second year to increase their outreach at their two Birdville ISD branches.
2/18/13 Amphibian Stage Productions has joined with Project Partners at a very exciting time in their mission. They are now in their new home at 120 S. Main Street, Fort Worth, TX 76104. Opening night of ’Fiction’ by Steven Dietz opens on the 21st. Join us there!
2/08/13 Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Tarrant County partnered with us for grant program consulting and project management. CASA speaks up for abused and neglected children by
training court-appointed volunteers to make recommendations for safe,
permanent homes where these children can thrive. Significant revenue to support this critical mission is realized through their grants program.
2/04/13 The HEB ISD Education Foundation’s annual giving campaign ’Excellence in Education’ has exceeded goal by more than $10,000, four months ahead of schedule, and with one appeal remaining. This board of directors and the staff of the HEB ISD really took the lead and set the tone for success.
1/28/13 The Tarrant Independent School Consortium returned to Project Partners for a ninth year of consulting and project management for the 2013 Private School Preview, which provides an opportunity for families to visit with more than 30 private schools all at one time, under one roof.
1/26/13 Kristi Wiley, MFA had the pleasure of meeting with the all-volunteer board of the McCammon Voice Competition and provide some insight into the current website consulting work and the proposed assessment of the MVC’s fundraising and community engagement strategy.
1/26/13 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE facilitated the TCC Foundation Board Workshop at the TCC Northwest campus, after having worked with the board chair and executive director to define goals and plan the agenda, activities, discussion and visuals accordingly. The board chair’s leadership and the outstanding attendance and participation of board members made her job very easy.
1/23/13 Camp Fire First Texas has called us their partner for good since 2003. We are thrilled to now be working with them in a grants coordination consulting and project management role.
1/22/13 The McCammon Voice Competition called on Project Partners for a phase of consulting focused on website analysis and planning. It’s a pleasure to be working with this impressive all-volunteer group.
1/02/13 Project Partners begins a nineteenth year of business, thanks to an incredible team of associates doing extraordinary work for our very distinguished clients who serve our community. Thanks for the support, the work, the referrals and the collaboration. Happy New Year!
12/14/12 One of our favorite repeat clients, the TCC Foundation, returned to Project Partners to serve as the consultant/facilitator for the upcoming board retreat. We will work with the Executive Director and Board Chair to plan and facilitate the work session, then summarize next steps for this great organization that raises, manages, and provides philanthropic support for the critical needs of Tarrant County College, as identified through the College District’s strategic planning process.
12/12/12 Thanks to a referral from our friends at Cook Children’s Medical Center, the Texas Society of Pediatrics Foundation selected Project Partners to guide their upcoming board retreat, focusing on the organization’s strategic plan for fundraising.
11/26/12 After 18 years in business, Project Partners placed its first print ad in the Corporate Giving Guide of the Fort Worth Business Press with the theme of "Why Boards and Volunteers Call us a Partner for Good." Contact us to learn why.
11/24/12 The NCHA Futurity kicked off and Project Partners is once again privileged to manage the benefits for the members of the prestigious North Texas Cutting Champions Club, a group of companies and individuals who support the retention fund for the NCHA Triple Crown events.
11/13/12 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE, led the MHMR Visions Foundation board members through "Your Board’s Role in Fundraising and Community Engagement", bringing all of the strategic planning process work together.
11/4/12 Staci Kirpach led the way for Project Partners as the TISC Private School Preview was held at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Families had the opportunity to visit with 30 different private schools from across Tarrant County, all under one roof, while also having the privilege of enjoying the museum offerings - a great partnership.
10/25/12 The Crowley ISD school board voted to accept the Superintendent’s recommendation of a continued working relationship with Project Partners for community relations/community engagement consulting and project management. This follows a three month planning assignment.
10/19/12 After much collaboration and development work, Staci Kirpach of Project Partners provided a completed strategic social media plan to the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation team. Implementation of the plan will engage more community in their good work. They are already seeing immediate results.
10/19/12 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE led the Strategic Planning Committee of the MHMR Visions Foundation through a work session, focusing on the mission of the organization and developing a board to achieve that mission. A subsequent work session will expand on that and a presentation on "Your Board’s Role in Fundraising" will be presented in November.
10/18/12 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE, presented "An Overview of Fundraising" to 25 fundraising professionals from across the Metroplex during the AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course at the beautiful Dallas Baptist University Campus.
10/4/12 After a three-month planning assignment and more than 20 outreach interviews with key stakeholders, Project Partners presented a community relations/community engagement plan to the Crowley ISD school board members. Crowley ISD is a district of choice for more than 15,000 students who benefit from a laser focus on quality academics, arts, athletics, and real-world applications.
9/28/12 Project Partners completed a four-year assignment with the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau, having guided the Bureau through the design, development and implementation of a community partnership program that grew to attract cash and in-kind support of more than $700,000 a year. Please support Advance Fort Worth!
9/24/12 MHMR Visions hired Project Partners for strategic planning consulting. Project Partners will work hand in hand with the Executive Director and Strategic Planning Committee to review the organization’s fundraising readiness, outline a strategic direction, and improve the board’s understanding of their role in fundraising.
9/15/12 The HEB Chamber of Commerce exceeded goals yet again with their "HEB’s Got Talent, A Year in Revue Annual Awards Gala", recognizing scores of corporate and community leaders. Project Partners was happy to link arms with chamber staff and volunteers to increase capacity to help make the all-important auction check-out run smoothly.
9/11/12 The Tarrant Independent School Consortium Private School Preview to be held Sunday, November 4th, was successful in getting two schools off the waiting list and in to the Preview. To visit with more than 30 Tarrant County private schools, all in one place at one time, attend the Preview at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History from 2:00-5:00. Visit www.tarrantcountytisc.com for more information.
9/10/12 With Project Partners’ consultation, the HEB ISD Education Foundation raised more money in three months than they had been raising in a year. This is one terrific board who retained Project Partners for another school year for consulting and project management services in the areas of strategic planning, fundraising, community relations, program development, event management and volunteer engagement.
9/10/12 For the fifteenth year, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce turned to Project Partners for member benefit fulfillment and donor relations management for the North Texas Cutting Champions Club initiative. The chamber takes the lead on raising and awarding private support for the NCHA retention fund.
9/4/12 After successful completion of logistics for nine focus groups for CCHAPS, the Cook Children’s Health Care System returned to Project Partners for logistics coordination for the October 9th Regional Child Health Summit at the Cendera Center.
8/29/12 The Project Partners team will once again assist the HEB Chamber of Commerce with its gala, "HEB’s Got Talent, A Year in Revue", providing welcome auction logistics relief to the dedicated staff and volunteers of this great organization.
8/23/12 The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation turned to Project Partners for social media consulting and executive coaching. The plan and subsequent orientation to it will be designed to help the Foundation build relationships, raise its community profile, and raise more money among key stakeholders.
8/21/12 The Crowley ISD kicked off the 2012-2013 academic year with an impressive Convocation, hosted by the Great Commission Baptist Church. Each campus was introduced, and educators and the teams that support them were recognized and applauded. Key community leaders in attendance supporting the district included Senator Wendy Davis, Senator Davis’ Outreach Coordinator, Christine Fougerousse, Commissioner Roy Brooks’ Outreach Coordinator and Chair of the Crowley Chamber of Commerce Board, Cathy Young, Crowley Chamber of Commerce President, Terri Horn, City Councilman Johnny Shotwell, and several members of the CISD Board.
8/17/12 Three weeks into a Lead Gift fundraising appeal for the 2012-2013 Annual Giving Campaign, the HEB ISD Education Foundation announced a $76,250 total at the HEB ISD Convocation. In addition, the Foundation kicked off the HEB ISD Staff Campaign and awarded more than $47,000 in grant awards to twenty-two individuals and campus teams.
7/31/12 The HEB ISD Education Foundation Annual Giving Campaign announced a Lead Gift total of $45,000 in pledges and donations, one week into the Lead Gift fundraising appeal.
7/12/12 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE agreed to speak at the October 18th AFP Fundamentals of Fundraising Course sponsored by the Fort Worth Metro and Greater Dallas Chapters of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. This course will be held at Dallas Baptist University. Lerii’s segment, "An Overview of Fundraising" will kick off the two-day working agenda.
6/29/12 Cook Children’s Health Care System returned to Project Partners for help with the CCHAPS focus groups - an important component of this comprehensive community initiative designed to understand the current state of children’s health and to better focus on improving the health and well-being of children in our six-county service region.
6/19/12 Save the date for the Fort Worth Sister Cities’ Mayor’s International Dinner - Dancing with the Sister Cities Stars - November 1, 2012 at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel. Project Partners loves being this team’s partner for good.
6/19/12 Crowley ISD’s motto "Great Expectations. Great Rewards." holds true for this impressive district as they educate more than 15,000 students. Crowley ISD turned to Project Partners for community engagement consulting.
6/8/12 Project Partners exhibited and Lerii F. Smith, CFRE spoke at the AFP DFW Philanthropy Conference at the Arlington Convention Center. It was great to be a part of this premier event for professional fundraisers.
6/2/12 Fort Worth’s Early Childhood Initiative called on Project Partners for community program development planning consulting. Exciting things are ahead for this collaborative venture.
5/22/12 Project Partners announced that Lerii F. Smith, CFRE will present "What is working in this economy. Ten key considerations when managing fundraising events." at the June 8th DFW Philanthropy Conference in Arlington.
5/21/12 The HEB ISD Education Foundation announced twenty-two "Empowered to Excel" grant awards totaling more than $47,500.
5/15/12 Camp Fire USA First Texas Council presented the "Absolutely Incredible Kids Day" luncheon at Ridglea Country Club, recognizing the good work of Camp Fire and the great Camp Fire kids of all ages who make a difference.
4/27/12 Unity One Credit Union executed a successful Membership Appreciation Day at their Fort Worth headquarters. Project Partners was fortunate to be Unity One’s event management and community relations partner for this project.
4/20/12 The TCU Executive MBA program celebrated a tenth anniversary of excellence at Stonegate Mansion. Project Partners served as a logistics research coordinator for this important event.
4/17/12 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE presented "The Board’s Role in Fundraising" to the Arlington Life Shelter board leadership.
4/5/12 The volunteer Leadership Team and wonderful staff of Camp Fire’s Celebration of Child Care Champions have secured more than $50,000 to support the event. Held April 19th, this initiative recognized more than 500 child care professionals and awards continuing education scholarships to them.
4/2/12 A record number of grant applications from 70 different individuals or teams from the district were received by the HEB ISD Education Foundation. A full grant review process will conclude with the Foundation awarding more than $30,000 to deserving educators.
3/30/12 Project Partners delivered a comprehensive fundraising and community engagement plan to the Arlington Life Shelter Executive Director and Deputy Director. The plan is designed to engage more volunteers, raise more money and improve the community profile of the Shelter, now in its 25th year of restoring hope to the homeless through food and shelter, support services, a jobs program, and self-sufficiency.
3/30/12 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE and Staci Kirpach facilitated a working session with the staffing team of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth, planning a family-friendly fall 2012 awareness and engagement event at Alliance Town Center.
3/22/12 Tarrant Independent School Consortium announced a partnership with the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History for the 2012 Private School Preview. Families will be able to learn about their private school options in Tarrant County and enjoy a visit to the museum. Education and Exploration!
3/8/12 Thanks to community sponsorships totaling almost $24,000, the HEB ISD Education Foundation recognized 29 outstanding senior students from Bell, Trinity, and KEYS, in 14 fields of study at the 2012 "Awards of Excellence" dinner. HEB ISD Culinary Arts students prepared and served the food. Senator Wendy Davis and Representative Todd Smith joined Superintendent Buinger and Foundation Board President, Brent McIlvain on stage to present the awards.
3/1/12 Key School held its annual Spring Dinner & Auction at Joe T. Garcia’s with great success, raising $8,000 more dollars than in 2011. Proceeds benefit Key School’s scholarship funds so deserving students who need Key School’s individualized instruction can attend.
2/27/12 Results are tallied and the "Reading Rocks" event has raised more than $100,000 for the "I Have a Dream" Foundation®. Congratulations to the Board of Directors, Executive Director Debra West, event chairs Kristen Ethridge and Stephanie Ashburn, and their great committee.
2/11/12 “I Have a Dream” Foundation® Fort Worth executed another tremendously successful, significant fundraising and literacy promotion event at Ridglea Country Club - "Reading Rocks". Project Partners is proud to work with the impressive staff and volunteer leadership team on this great initiative.
1/30/12 The Tarrant Independent School Consortium extended an agreement with Project Partners for an eighth year to coordinate the Private School Preview in the fall, working hand in hand with the Executive Committee. Do you know anyone researching their private school options in Tarrant County? They will not want to miss this opportunity to visit 30 schools in one place at one time.
1/18/12 Lerii F. Smith facilitated the Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce Board Workshop, which she also helped plan, as the board members examined the best ways to serve their members and the Greater Keller community. What a great group of corporate and community leaders!
1/17/12 Arlington Life Shelter, dedicated to restoring hope to the homeless, selected Project Partners from a long candidate list to work with their key staff and board leadership on a fundraising/marketing plan and consulting to help train staff and volunteers to that plan.
1/6/12 Fort Worth Academy circled back to Project Partners for coordination and oversight of registration and auction checkout at the 2012 Extravaganza event, their largest fundraising event of the year.
1/5/12 Unity One Credit Union retained Project Partners’ help for Membership Appreciation Days in Fort Worth and St. Paul, Minnesota. Project Partners will provide general event management services as well as social media and microsite planning and implementation. Unity One Credit Union is celebrating an 85th anniversary this year.
12/30/11 Project Partners wrapped up a seventeenth year of business with much gratitude for all who have made our work possible. Happy New Year! Thanks for all you do.
12/13/11 Key School’s annual giving campaign, "Changing Lives", kicked off, led by Key School parents Kay and Jim Wade as Chairs. Key School unlocks doors to brighter futures by changing lives today, serving students, grades 1-12, with acute or under-served learning differences and related needs. The annual campaign funds will support the proven, tailored, individualized instruction uniquely available at Key School.
12/10/11 For the fifteenth year, Project Partners worked with the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce to manage the membership benefits for the North Texas Cutting Champions Club, a select group of donors who give generously to the NCHA retention fund, helping to keep the Triple Crown of Cutting in Fort Worth.
11/30/11 The TCU Neeley School of Business Executive MBA Program staffing team turned to Project Partners for venue research and selection for their 2012 10th anniversary celebration event.
11/17/11 More than 500 guests voted for their favorite dancers at the Fort Worth Sister Cities International Mayor’s Dinner and "Dancing with the Sister City Stars" event, raising more than $225,000 for their programs of peace. Project Partners is proud to have been a sponsor and the project coordinator.
11/4/11 The HEB ISD’s Hall of Fame event was enjoyed by 250 guests at the Hyatt Regency DFW, where six distinguished honorees were recognized for their contributions to education and the HEB ISD area. Thank you to the sponsors who donated more than $21,500 to the HEB ISD Education Foundation to help produce this event and raise money for classroom teacher grants.
10/21/11 Guests at the TCC Foundation’s "A Little River Music" event enjoyed a silent auction, a beautiful outdoor ambiance at the new Trinity River East campus, coffee and dessert by the waterfall, and a private concert by the Fort Worth Symphony. Congrats to our TCC Foundation friends!
10/19-21/11 Missions Resource Network once again hosted a highly successful Global Missions Conference at the Legacy Church of Christ in North Richland Hills, attracting participants and speakers from around the world. Project Partners is proud to be their partner for good, as the conference works to bring churches of Christ together to focus on effectively reaching the world for Jesus Christ.
10/4/11 The Fort Worth Convention and Visitors Bureau renewed an agreement with Project Partners for work on Advance Fort Worth, a community partnership program that engages the community and raises significant cash and in-kind support for the Bureau’s mission of economic development.
10/2/11 Thirty Tarrant County private schools and community partners gathered at TCU for the 7th Annual Tarrant County Private School Preview to visit with families seeking information on their private school options. Thank you to Office Max and Cook Children’s Medical Center for the sponsorship support!
9/27/11 Project Partners is tapped to provide consulting services to long-time friend and client, Camp Fire USA First Texas Council, for the Celebration of Child Care Champions event. We will be working together to engage volunteers, raise the profile of early childhood education in our community, and increase sponsorships.
9/22/11 The “I Have a Dream” Foundation® Fort Worth returns in partnership with Project Partners for the execution of "Reading Rocks" at Ridglea Country Club, Saturday, February 11, 2012. This literacy promotion and fundraising event advances the cause of supporting student "Dreamers" who might not otherwise graduate from high school and go on to college.
9/8/11 The extraordinary educators at Key School serve deserving, promising students with acute or under-served learning differences and related needs. They also help good students become better students through their summer programs and tutoring. Project Partners will work hand in hand with Key School leadership for increased community profile, volunteer engagement, and increased fundraising.
9/6/11 The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce called on Project Partners for a fifteenth straight year for work with the North Texas Cutting Champions Club (NTCCC). NTCCC members give financial support to retain the significant economic impact of the National Cutting Horse Association’s Triple Crown events in Fort Worth.
8/31/11 Jersey Mike’s Subs in Hurst celebrated their grand opening by supporting a coupon promotion, benefiting the HEB ISD Education Foundation’s work for the district’s educators and students. Thank you, BJ Brown and Jersey Mike’s! Jersey Mike’s presented a $2100 check to the foundation board members.
8/29/11 After working with Camp Fire USA First Texas Council’s Governance and Leadership Task Force to plan the Board Retreat, Lerii F. Smith, CFRE, facilitated the retreat for these outstanding volunteers working to build caring, confident youth and future leaders. See them in action.
8/18/11 The HEB ISD Education Foundation board of directors works tirelessly to support the educators and students of the HEB ISD, the district of choice for more than 20,000 students in Hurst, Euless ,and Bedford. This board turned to Project Partners for consulting and project management for their fundraising and community engagement program of work.
8/16/11 The HEB Chamber hired the Project Partners team to help handle the processes and procedures for the gala auction check-out September 10 at the Hurst Conference Center. The gala is an important fund and friend raiser for the chamber’s operating budget.
6/12/11 The TCC Foundation turned to Project Partners for logistics coordination of the October 21st event at the new Trinity River East Campus. This campus will house TCC’s nursing and allied health professions programs and a simulated hospital. "A Little River Music" featuring the Fort Worth Symphony in concert will raise critical funds needed for scholarships for nursing and allied health professional students.
6/10/11 Project Partners exhibited at the 2011 Association of Fundraising Professionals DFW Philanthropy Conference at the Arlington Convention Center, and visited with scores of old and new friends who dedicate their careers to fundraising for nonprofit causes. Congrats to Glenda Moreno of Camp Fire USA First Texas Council who won our door prize!
6/8/11 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE, provided the training for the Marketing and Communications for Fundraising module to the CFRE Review course participants, at the Sheraton in Arlington.
4/27/11 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE facilitated five table discussions among members of the Tarrant Literacy Coalition on the topic of "Recognizing Tenured Volunteers". Great ideas were shared among participants and each left with more than 100 proven ideas to implement immediately. The Tarrant Literacy Coalition helps open the door to opportunity for many in our community.
4/21/11 Chaired by Ruth and Nolan Ryan, and co-chaired by Kurt Haman of Sewell Lexus, Greg Kalina of Del Frisco’s, Rosie Moncrief and Pam Minick, the A Wish with Wings Butterflies & Baseball event at The Worthington Renaissance Hotel delighted hundreds. The full house of sponsors and guests dedicated their lunch hour to making wishes come true for children with life-threatening diseases.
4/9/11 Hundreds of artistic students, their teachers and their families convened at the Fort Worth Zoo for the Safe City Commission’s Imagine No Violence Art Contest recognition event and subsequent zoo visit, provided by Safe City. Fort Worth ISD and Arlington ISD were involved in this collaborative community initiative, which promotes peace for our communities, and is coordinated with Safe City by Project Partners.
3/28/11 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE--president of Project Partners, briefed the AIDS Outreach Center board of directors on the Strategic Fundraising Plan she developed for AOC. The plan was delivered after much analysis and collaborative work with the AOC staff and volunteer leadership and was designed to increase volunteer engagement, diversify funding, and increase the donor base.
3/26/11 "Congrats" to Tammie Gilley and Shannon Collins, co-chairs, and their thirty volunteers, for terrific work on Fort Worth Academy’s largest single fundraising event, C’est Magnifique Extravaganza, held at The Ashton Depot. The $190,000 raised through this festive event of auctions, dinner and dancing will go directly to support the academics, arts and athletics within the school. Project Partners is thrilled to be FWA’s partner for good.
3/22/11 Fort Worth Sister Cities renewed an agreement with Project Partners for work on the 2011 Mayor’s Dinner. Will the "Dancing with the Sister Cities Stars" theme return by popular demand? Stay tuned for more on this exciting event that raises significant dollars for Sister Cities’ mission to advance peace through lasting relationships and international understanding.
2/12/11 The “I Have a Dream” Foundation® Fort Worth celebrated another successful literacy promotion and fundraising event as the 10th Annual ‘Reading Rocks’ unfolded Saturday, February 12 at Ridglea Country Club. This event, chaired by Erin Daily and Kristen Ethridge, who aptly led a full volunteer committee, featured author Dan Yaccarino. 600 children and adults attended, with more than $75,000 being raised through sponsorships and an expanded silent auction to provide academic assistance, college preparation, career development and scholarship assistance for higher education to disadvantaged and educationally challenged students in Fort Worth.
1/20/11 A Wish with Wings, established in 1982 for the sole purpose of granting the wishes of Texas children with life-threatening diseases, called upon Project Partners for consulting and project management help with the Butterfly Wishes event at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel on April 21st. We’ll be working hand in hand with the dedicated staff and volunteer team.
1/10/11 Project Partners proudly announced our new logo, tagline and website! After sixteen years of business, we were ready for a face lift. While the rebranding process has been successful, it was not easy. Read the guest article about our experience, published January 10th, by the Fort Worth Business Press.
1/07/11 Lone Star in Sundance Square called upon Project Partners to help build a strategy for increasing their community profile and to help execute a grand opening benefit event. Project Partners has worked for and collaboratively with Sundance Square for more than a decade.
1/05/11 AIDS Outreach Center, the leader in Tarrant County for HIV services, education, and prevention, retained Project Partners for the development of a strategic fund development plan designed to increase volunteer engagement, diversify funding and increase the donor base.
12/29/10 The North Texas Clean Air Coalition, the only nonprofit in the region dedicated solely to encouraging voluntary efforts to improve air quality in North Texas by educating, engaging, and recognizing the business community, extended Project Partners’ letter of agreement for the first quarter of 2011. Project Partner provides services of project direction and nonprofit management community relations, event management, fundraising, program development, and volunteer engagement.
11/11/10 Spirits soared during the Mayor’s International Dinner "Dancing With the Sister Cities Stars" event, hosted by Mayor Mike and Rosie Moncrief and chaired by Mark Nurdin of Bank of Texas. Read more Good News.
11/04/10 Fort Worth Academy’s Premier Circle event, an important component of the annual giving campaign chaired by Fort Worth Academy board member, Dawn Davis, exceeded all prior results, engaging fifty Fort Worth Academy supporters and raising $75,000. This followed an extraordinary board and staff campaign as well.
10/29/10 The Working for Clean Air™ Awards Eastern event was successfully executed at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel in downtown Dallas with Dallas Councilman Ron Natinsky as keynote speaker. Scores of employers, large and small, were recognized for "doing their fair share for cleaner air". Board chairman, Richard Maxwell of the T, served as emcee, and key community leaders such as Rusty Hodapp, Mabrie Jackson, Fred Guerra, and Natalie Bettger served as award presenters. The Eastern and Western events followed a highly successful corporate outreach and education season featuring a series of Let’s Do Lunch workshops, an Electrical Vehicle Showcase at the State Fair of Texas and the Clean Air Bike Rally in Fort Worth, among many other initiatives.
10/26/10 TCC Foundation returns to Project Partners as a client to leverage prior work on a community engagement/major gifts piece. The new assignment will focus on the development of a matching gifts initiative.
10/26/10 The Working for Clean Air™ Awards Western event was a huge success at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth. Scores of employers, large and small, were recognized for "doing their fair share for cleaner air". Board chairman, Richard Maxwell of the T, served as emcee, Fort Worth City Councilman Jungus Jordan served as keynote speaker and key community leaders such as Bill Thornton, Rusty Hodapp, Mabrie Jackson and Leah King served as award presenters.
10/20/10 Lerii F. Smith, CFRE participated as a panelist in the discussion of "Is Your Board on Board?" for the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning - Lone Star Council chapter meeting at the Dee J. Kelly Alumni Center at TCU. Engaging volunteers is one of Project Partners’ specialties.
10/19/10 The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau extended an agreement for continued consultation and coordination services for the Advance Fort Worth program, now topping $800,000 in attracted in-kind and cash support and priceless community relationships.
10/14/10 Project Partners’ coordination of the Fort Worth Chamber’s North Texas Cutting Champions Club is renewed for a fourteenth consecutive year. Project Partners manages relationships among various collaborating interests and coordinates the member benefits including the hospitality suite—the North Texas Cutting Champions Club at Reata at the Back Stage Club--during the world-renowned Futurity. These Club members are community and corporate leaders supporting the NCHA retention fund.
10/05/10 "Friends of the Fort Worth Herd" is a 501c3 nonprofit support group to The Fort Worth Herd that helps preserve Fort Worth’s rich western heritage through educational and marketing efforts. This group has retained Project Partners’ services to help expand their reach through the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Advance Fort Worth community partnership program.
10/03/10 Project Partners worked hand in hand with the volunteer leadership team of admissions directors of the Tarrant Independent School Consortium to execute another successful Private School Preview, held on the TCU campus. More than thirty private schools and community partners visited with more than 140 families seeking information on private school options in Tarrant County.
9/22/10 "I Have a Dream" Foundation® selected Project Partners as coordinator for Reading Rocks’ 10th anniversary event, February 12, 2011, at Ridglea Country Club. This family-friendly event, orchestrated by key volunteer leadership, raises significant community investment for the Foundation’s work to provide support and encouragement for at-risk students to become high school graduates.
9/21/10 Lerii F. Smith, served as a presenter for the "Philanthropy in Our Town. -- Today and Tomorrow." workshop sponsored by the Funding Information Center and Arlington Tomorrow Foundation. This workshop involved more than forty Arlington area nonprofit organizations. Lerii touched on what is working in fundraising in today’s economy.
9/17/10 Camp El Tesoro was the location for the Camp Fire USA First Texas Council staff retreat. Lerii F. Smith presented a third installment of volunteer engagement training,to the management team, focusing this time on job descriptions, expectations and working agendas.
8/24/10 Project Partners welcomed Community Food Bank as a new client. Community Food Bank, feeding hope and feeding families, has re-emerged as a strong community resource providing critical services to many in need. Project Partners will help them position to successfully engage the community in their mission.
8/20/10 Lerii F. Smith provided an in-service to the extraordinary Key School educational team. The topic of conversation included engaging community as a critical component to increasing community profile, engaging volunteer resources and increasing the donor base.
8/19/10 Lerii F. Smith served as a presenter for the DOVIA of Tarrant County Professional Development Workshop, held at the Women’s Center. in Fort Worth. Lerii presented "Volunteers. You can’t live with them. You can’t live without them." to about fifty professionals whose responsibilities include recruiting, training, managing, and retaining key volunteer resources for their organizations. DOVIA stands for Directors of Volunteers in Agencies. Contact us for more information about this great group.
7/08/10 The Office of Alumni Relations at TCU returned to Project Partners as a client. Lerii F. Smith will help facilitate a year-long strategic planning process, engaging key volunteer leadership throughout.
6/28/10 Project Partners was recognized in the Fort Worth Business Press List of Tarrant County Area Advertising and PR Firms. We specialize in community relations and community engagement.
6/24/10 Project Partners served as a Track Sponsor and Exhibitor for the DFW AFP Philanthropy Conference held in Arlington at the Arlington Convention Center. Nonprofit executives and development professionals from across North Texas gathered for a day of professional development and networking.
6/3/10 Project Partners welcomed Fort Worth Academy as a new client. Fort Worth Academy, founded in 1982, is a vibrant, co-educational, private, independent K-8 day school located in Southwest Fort Worth, and is depending on Project Partners to manage five key community and development initiatives, partnering with their wonderful staff and volunteer teams.
6/1/10 Project Partners helped design, develop and implement First Command Educational Foundation’s community introduction and donor recognition event for Money Matters at the First Command Financial Services Fort Worth headquarters. First Command pledged $250,000 to the foundation to support the Money Matters financial literacy curriculum program, designed to help school districts respond to the legislative mandate to teach financial literacy before high school graduation.
6/1/10 The Key School, dedicated to providing individualized instruction in a unique 4:1 student/ teacher ratio learning environment, is considering a new building. Key School hired Project Partners for a capital campaign feasibility study. That report is due September 30, 2010.
5/15/10 Lerii F. Smith presented training sessions to the Gladney Family Association volunteer leadership from across the country during the annual volunteer retreat at the Gladney campus. Topics included volunteer engagement and event management.
4/29/10 Fort Worth Sister Cities International returned as a client. Project Partners will help execute the traditional Mayor’s International Dinner, but with a 2010 twist. This year, the event is Dancing with the Sister Cities Stars, and will feature community and corporate leaders (you’ll recognize them all) in this contest that will raise important funds for this great nonprofit that takes the U.S. abroad and brings the world back home.
4/15/10 Lerii F. Smith presented a training session, “Volunteers. You can’t live with them. You can’t live without them.” to the members of the Tarrant Independent School Consortium (TISC) at the Southwest Christian Elementary School campus. Project Partners has the privilege of working with TISC on the Private School Preview, scheduled at TCU on October 3, 2010.
4/13/10 Lerii F. Smith led a working session with Camp Fire USA First Texas Council program staff, digging deeper into volunteer engagement best practices like identification and recruitment. This followed an introductory session on volunteer engagement during a March 8 staff retreat.
4/12/10 Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) hired Project Partners to facilitate five Community Conversations, important to the strategic planning process for the board of directors and planning team, then extended the work to include three additional sessions.
4/12/10 Lerii F. Smith coordinated and facilitated “Speed Mentoring” for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Fort Worth Chapter luncheon. Lerii serves as VP of Membership for AFP.
4/10/10 Safe City Commission Inc.’s Safe City Ball-game and Imagine No Violence Arts Contest Recognition Event occurred simultaneously at the Ballpark in Arlington, under Project Partners’ direction, and in cooperation with the Texas Rangers. Clint Black in concert headlined the fun, interactive evening for the Ball-game corporate and community leaders, and art contest winners and their families were treated to high profile stadium recognition, plenty of good food, and a great Texas Rangers ball game.
4/9/10 Project Partners client and project, the Fort Worth CVB Advance Fort Worth, hit the $500,000 mark of cash and in-kind support. The Advance Fort Worth program attracts financial support and off-sets expenses, while creating valuable community relationships.
4/6/10 Project Partners was one of the three spotlighted businesses at the “Super Bowl XLV: Emerging Business Workshop III: The Draft” in Dallas. Project Partners was one of the first approved, certified, small businesses in the Super Bowl vendor database.
3/22/10 Project Partners welcomed The Gladney Center for Adoption as a new client. The Gladney Center is an adoption pioneer and a leading voice for improving lives of children, adoptive families and women planning adoption.
3/15/10 Camp Fire USA-First Texas Council’s new Corporate Committee for Quality Child Care established a first-ever child care network model pilot with Pier I and TCU as the first corporate partners. TCC is on deck to join the network as well this summer or fall. Project Partners had the privilege of consulting with the staff in the process of identifying, recruiting, and managing this new volunteer team and prospective network members.
3/11/10 Project Partners welcomed First Command Educational Foundation as a new client. First Command Educational Foundation promotes and provides education as the foundation to a productive society through scholarship and financial literacy programs.
2/25/10 Project Partners was recognized as one of twelve finalists for the Fort Worth Chamber’s Small Business of the Year Awards, presented by American National Bank of Texas.
2018 marks our twenty-fourth year of business, advancing causes for nonprofit, corporate, and community leaders. We welcome returning and new clients who work to improve our community. Our projects continue to build relationships, increase community profile, raise money, make an impact, and exceed goals.
Thank you to our many clients, friends, and collaborative partners for the ongoing support.
We hope to remain your partner for good for another twenty+ years.