Strategic Planning

Archer County Museum and Arts Center (Texas)

County museum looking to revive a local museum that closed in 2017, restore a historic jail, and launch a major capital campaign. Continuing assistance in fundraising and policy development.         

We worked with Melissa to help us create our first strategic plan. She reviewed our policies, traveled to see our facilities, and spoke with staff and board members to get a feel for our organization. She then facilitated a group discussion about our priorities for the future of the museum. It was incredibly helpful to have a knowledgeable, outside perspective to guide this conversation. After the meeting, she identified and outlined tangible steps in moving forward. She also provided many applicable examples of other museums in similar situations and successful programs and ideas to consider implementing. She was able to connect us with a few of these organizations to learn more. I highly recommend working with Melissa! She was an invaluable part of this process and we have plans to continue consulting with her for our next phase of interpretation planning.

Callie Lawson, Executive Director

The Writer’s Garret (Dallas)

With a new mission statement and several long-term board members preparing to roll off the Board, this literary arts organization needed help in redefining the board’s role and responsibilities as they continue to grow and evolve.

Partnering with Prycer Consulting has benefited The Writer’s Garret. Melissa’s work with our board was thoughtful and constructive. As a result, the board had a necessary conversation regarding shared values and goals, laying a foundation for strategic growth and meaningful support for the organization’s programs. The materials she helped shape and shared with the board have provided The Garret with several actionable steps to take towards realizing objectives identified as priorities for organizational sustainability.

Aaron Glover, Executive Director

Other Strategic Planning Clients include:

Manassas Museum System (Virginia) Municipal museum currently undergoing major renovation. Assisting as they update permanent exhibits, rethink governance/staffing structure, and establish policies for the updated museum.

Museum of North Texas History (Wichita Falls, TX) Small local museum ready to create their first strategic plan. Also assisted with executive transition plan.

Project Transformation North Texas (Dallas) Assist literacy organization centered in the United Methodist Church with post-Covid planning.

Readers 2 Leaders (Dallas) Assist organization providing literacy support in Dallas ISD to adjust and stabilize after rapid growth.

The Writer’s Garret (Dallas) Assist with board engagement through strategic planning process.

Fundraising

Readers 2 Leaders (Dallas)

Served as Interim Director of Development for 8 months. Updated policies, procedures, and systems. Assisted with Grand Opening Party for Capital Campaign. Led EOY campaign (doubling gifts) and North Texas Giving Day. Assisted with onboarding and training of two new Development staff members. Assisting with strategic planning in 2023.

I highly recommend Melissa as a nonprofit consultant; she has truly been an invaluable support to Readers 2 Leaders during a key time of transition. With Melissa’s leadership and support, we updated and strengthened our Development plan and stabilized many aspects of our department (including maximizing our donor database as well as grant management process). She also provided critical support in onboarding and vetting two new members to help us build a strong Development team. Melissa is able to think about strategy and long-term vision, but is equally willing to help with day to day logistics and details that are necessary to maintaining operations. I found both types of support incredibly valuable. I would 100% work with Melissa again on future needs and projects, and am grateful for her partnership and support!

Norma Nelson, President and CEO

Melissa provided the calm amid a storm at my organization. As my temporary supervisor, she established processes for my work where before there had been confusion and inefficiency. In collaboration with the development department, she cleaned out the backlogs that were making our calendars, task managers, and filing system inefficient sources of stress and left us with clear systems to keep things moving smoothly long into the future. With curiosity and clarity, Melissa helped reset the expectations of the team to help us focus our time and energy on the best possibilities for funding sustainability and growth. I am a happier and more effective employee because of Melissa’s leadership, creativity, and investment in my team.

Adrian White, Grant Writer

Other Fundraising Clients Include:

Bell County Museum (Texas)     Fundraising Planning  Assess systems, establish goals, and create fundraising plan. Ongoing board training.

Dallas Jewish Historical Society (Texas)  Fundraising Planning   Establish goals, develop case for support, and assess systems. Ongoing board training.

Historic Mesquite, Inc. (Texas)  Fundraising Systems   Merge systems, implement new database, and assist with membership renewal.

Writer’s Garret (Dallas)  Annual Campaign and Database Implementation  Assist literary nonprofit with first annual campaign, supporting Rail Writers program. Use existing data to begin implementing donor database.

Other Projects and Services

Rockwall County Historical Foundation (Texas)

Served as Interim Executive Director for 5 months. Guided Board in strategic planning process. Established basic collections care policies. Provided guidance on governance issues. Implemented membership CRM database and led a lapsed member campaign, more than doubling current members of RCHF. Prepared the organization for new leadership.

Melissa has been working with the Rockwall County Historical Foundation for the past several months and we could not be happier!  She guided us as we evaluated our current state of operations and she helped us draft a number of vitally important documents and policies. Melissa’s insight has made a huge difference in our ability to head in the direction of our goals and to identify strategic priorities that will benefit the historical foundation for years to come.  As the board president, I could not be more pleased with the results of Melissa’s work – she is an absolute delight to work with and we have all learned so much from her! 

Sarah Keeney, Board Chair

Southern Gateway Public Green Foundation (Dallas)

Research individuals from Oak Cliff, Texas to be considered for inclusion in park design.

Melissa’s expertise and familiarity with local Dallas and Oak Cliff history were vital to ensuring that our research project was comprehensive and inclusive of the area’s diversity.  I especially appreciated her thoroughness and her ability to reach out to her historical network to ensure that she was covering all bases.

Anne Hagan, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Leonard’s Museum (Fort Worth)

Assess collection of the Leonard’s Department Store as part of preparation for transfer to Texas Wesleyan University. Work included developing database, identifying items, and historical research.

You made this an easy process and were exceptionally kind and professional to work with. You were timely and hit all the deadlines and produced documents that were helpful to the process and will facilitate moving forward. We didn’t really know how to proceed but we knew there was work to be done, and you helped us to figure it out. We are very appreciative.

Vicki Andrews, North Texas Community Foundation

Additional Clients Include:

Wood-Library Museum of Anesthesiology (Schaumburg, IL)  STEPS Assessment and Planning Services   Assess progress in STEPS and identify final projects for Gold Certification.

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