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


Welcome Corie, Kelly & Madeleine!

By Kelly Nichols | | 0 Comments

2021 has been a whirlwind at WNA so far, with three new staff members joining the team. We wanted to introduce them to you! Kelley Abell (Project Manager) is a performer, educator-facilitator, disability rights advocate and gardener. She will be supporting Meals on Wheels Texas as well as contributing on short-term projects. Kelley started with […]

Announcing Our New Managing Partner Andrea Torres

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Andrea Torres

About five years ago, we met with Andrea as she started her own consulting business. Both Kelly and Sam had known and admired Andrea and were excited about looking for projects we could work on together and she became one of our Associates. Over time we realized that Andrea’s skillset is a great complement to the […]

Exploring Collaboration in the Nonprofit World

By KiYa Moghaddam | | 0 Comments

As a rising college senior studying Politics, Mass Communications, and Poverty and Human Capability Studies, the opportunity to intern for Woollard Nichols and Associates (WNA) has been a perfect culmination of my academic interests and emerging passions. My academic studies and past internship experience have made me want to pursue a career in the nonprofit world. […]

WNA Honored as a Finalist for the 2019 Celia Bell Entrepreneur Awards hosted by SCORE Austin

By KiYa Moghaddam | | 0 Comments

It was a while ago, but we were so proud to be honored as one of three small business finalists for the Celia Bell Entrepreneur Awards hosted by SCORE Austin in 2019. We have turned to SCORE mentors for assistance as our business has grown over the past five years and we are thrilled to […]

Introducing our Summer Interns

By Lily Wein | | 0 Comments

It may be summer, but we’re keeping busy! We’re excited to announce that we’ve brought on three full-time interns for the summer. They’re jumping right in and lending their talents and expertise to various projects, and they are already making great contributions. Read on to meet our new interns!   Ryan Carlino Ryan is thrilled […]

What is a People-Focused Community Assessment?

By Kelly Nichols | | 0 Comments

Needs assessments are a critical component of helping to build understanding about a community need and ultimately the theory of change that a collaboration or organization is pursuing to address that need. Our approach to needs assessments is grounded in the principles of Community-Based Participatory Research and Asset-Based Community Development, meaning that we want to […]

Our Approach to Strategic Decision Making

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I have been facilitating a lot of strategic discussions lately, and it’s been a great opportunity to put pen to paper on our theory for designing strategic conversations. I created the graphic above as a way to think about our approach to facilitating strategic conversations as an ongoing cycle. In each phase of the cycle, […]

Find Your Work, Delegate the Rest

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by Carol Johnson       DELEGATION. It is a word that often summons up a feeling of overload in the mind of a nonprofit Executive Director (ED), especially an ED of a smaller nonprofit. We know we should delegate more, but… There is no one to delegate to. By the time I delegate it, […]

In Which We Compare Making Baklava to Creating Successful Community Coalitions

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By Sam Woollard We were recently in a meeting when a prospective client compared community planning and coalition work to making baklava. As he described it, it matched perfectly with our experience. Baklava is a dessert of the Middle East and Mediterranean, and it has numerous variations depending on the country of origin. The same […]

The Secret to Employee Retention

By Kelly Nichols | | 0 Comments

It’s quite possible that the secret to employee retention is cute animal photos (they have been proven to make us more productive, after all). In case you are looking for other ideas, here is a joint post from Associates Carol Johnson and Andrea Torres. We hear from our clients that one of the biggest issues […]