Strategy, development & support for coalitions, associations, organizations and initiatives

Woollard Nichols & Associates primarily works with coalitions, task forces, and other collaborative initiatives, where groups come together to leverage their resources. Woollard Nichols and Associates also works with individual organizations and partnerships that are interested in assessing the environment for new programming and/or conducting internal operational assessment to increase efficiency.

We provide administrative support, strategic planning and guidance, social media communications, and membership management and support. Clients we are serving or have served include:

 

The decision to hire Woollard Nichols and Associates to manage our state association of home-delivered meal providers was the best investment Meals on Wheels Texas have ever made. Woollard Nichols’ staff, each of whom is a prodigious talent in their own right, work in concert to handle every task with the utmost professionalism and meticulous attention to detail. They have a unique ability to drive progress and to help our association leaders remain accountable without giving the appearance of doing so.
Greg Pittman, Board President
Meals on Wheels Texas

I’ve been with One Voice for several years now, but it wasn’t until I became chair that I truly saw the depth and breadth of the support that WNA provides for our coalition. They are simply amazing, responding in record time to requests and providing expert guidance for our group of 100 members. We simply couldn’t do the work that we do without their professional and diplomatic support!
Ronda Rutledge, Executive Director
Sustainable Food Center 

 The WNA team’s support for the Travis County Plan for Children’s Mental Health was superb. Kelly and Sam brought the capacity to manage both the process of assembling and convening the community leadership needed to develop the plan as well as masterful execution of the final deliverables – the Plan itself as well as the Children’s Mental Health Summit. The day of the Summit was one of my proudest days as a board member of Austin Travis County Integral Care.
Matt Snapp
Austin Travis County Integral Care Board of Trustees 

The WNA team is absolutely wonderful to work with! Their experience, expertise and collaborative work style have been instrumental for the Youth Recovery Network. Thank you Sam, Kelly and Lily!
Julie McElrath
Youth Recovery Network 

Kelly Nichols and her team were wonderful to work with. They were supportive and responsive to the unique drivers within our organization, while still being able to drive the conversation forward. Over the course of six months we did a series of workshops with our team and came out of the experience with a strong directive and framework for the go forward. Kelly was very effective in creating a safe and open space for the team to come together and collaborate on a vision for our work.
Greg Rosenbaum, General Manager
SXSW EDU

Woollard Nichols & Associates is my go-to consulting firm not only because they do excellent, quality work on a timely basis but also because they commit to learning the client’s business, both the nuances of our agency and the non-profit world in which we operate. I have no hesitation recommending them to anyone serious about succeeding and making a positive impact in our community.
Adam Hauser, President & CEO
Meals on Wheels Central Texas

Woollard Nichols & Associates assisted the Travis County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (YSAPC) in submitting two federal grant applications. They are wonderful to work with – they designed a planning process, facilitated discussions, compiled and edited information for our narrative, and crafted an excellent budget narrative. We would not have been able to submit such professional and thoughtfully-crafted proposals without their assistance. I highly recommend them!
Stephanie Rainbolt
Travis County Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition 

My experience with Sam and Carol was that they are excellent in their roles! Sam is very adept at taking large amounts of information and rapidly boiling that down in a way that makes it instantly useful. Not an easy thing to do with several people in a room, yet she makes it look effortless! In addition, her written summaries have proven very helpful and provide a clear map on what actions to next take.
Carol is highly adept at determining what each member of the board is best at and would most enjoy, among other things. This saves time, energy and expense, and I feel sure assists with board retention. Also, helps with team-building and leadership development.
Kimberly Allen, Board Chair
RecoveryPeople

I have had the distinct pleasure of working closely with Sam Woollard over the past several years, specifically through our mutual association with One Voice Central Texas and the Basic Transportation Needs Fund. During that time I have found Sam to not only be a consummate professional, but, even more importantly, a kind, caring person who is driven to make our community a better place to live for people in need.
Dan Pruett, Former President/CEO
Meals on Wheels Central Texas

Sam Woollard has an amazing and unique ability to track hugely complex processes and projects, keep stakeholders on track, and quietly advise us on a clear and efficient path forward. She is our institutional memory, our eyes and ears to the outside world, and guides us with such strategy and wisdom. Together, Sam and Lily give direction to our often unruly workload. Sam expertly keeps her fingers on the pulse of anything and everything non-profit executives need to be aware of, providing an informed and conscientious perspective in all our critical decisions.
Meg Poag, Executive Director
Literacy Coalition of Central Texas

I have worked with Sam and her experience, expertise and knowledge is unmatched. She is extremely resourceful and can find information no one else seems capable of finding. She serves as a project manager for executive directors, providing leadership strategy and communication tools to keep busy executives informed, and on track. Thanks Sam, for your excellence!
Lily is an impeccable professional who executes and manages projects very well. Her work ethic is stellar; her product is exceptional. She is diligent, smart, extremely respectful and timely. She has never missed a deadline and commits to the project until the end. Thank you Lily for your amazing work!
Juanita Budd, Executive Director
Austin Free-Net

Sam Woollard is ‘community organizer’ on steroids. Her network and understanding of the community non-profit infrastructure are unmatched. Her ability to notice details and “read the tea leaves,” give me confidence in her advice and written work. Kelly’s knowledge of City programs and funding sources will give clients an edge when it comes to contract negotiations and grant writing. More and more, collaboration is key, and combining the skills of Sam and Kelly adds depth to their ability to bring players together and advance community partnerships!
Ann Gill Howard, Executive Director
Ending Community Homelessness Coalition (ECHO)

I had the good fortune to work with Kelly for a number of years on projects between our two departments at the City of Austin. Kelly was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and respectful to all around her. She worked extremely well with diverse community groups, helping them understand complex situations around homelessness and other community issues – not an easy task. If you’re looking for someone to help your organization or business move forward, Kelly would be an excellent resource.
Susan Gehring, Project Manager
ACE Multi-State Workforce Initiative, Baltimore, Maryland

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Woollard Nichols & Associates is an Austin-based consulting firm committed to nurturing social impact through strategy, development & support for coalitions, associations, organizations and initiatives.

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