|BETTY NICHOL ESTABLISHED her consultant practice in 1991 to
provide comprehensive planning, faciliation and development services to
NICHOL BRINGS broad knowledge and extensive experience to the
field of nonprofit administration and financial management. During
her more than 20 year career, she has conducted successfully comprehensive
fund raising programs in a variety of administrative positions and assisted
many nonprofit groups in her capacity as consultant and group facilitator.
A GRADUATE of Swarthmore College, Nichol has participated in
numerous professional workshops and seminars covering strategic planning,
marketing, facilitation, mediation and organizational management .
NICHOL ENTERED the development field as the town of Westport's (CT)
first "Grants person." As the Town's "woman in Washington", she
was responsible for communicating Westport's capital and program needs
to State and Congressional legislators and for getting them funded.
Nichol was commended by Westport's Chief Executive for her many "contributions
to the Town's financial stability and quality of life."
AMONG NICHOL'S MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS is the securing of a highly competitive
federal grant to convert an abandoned school facility into Westport's
Town Hall and Arts Center. Additional municipal projects and programs
for which she acquired funding include: conversion of a landfill site into
a river front park; expanded beach front recreational facilities; Historic
District research and planning; wetlands mapping; natural habitat reconstruction;
Summer Music Festival programing; and work/study programs that both improved
the Town's infrastructure and kept "at risk" high school students in school.
DURING THIS PERIOD, Nichol also served as a consultant to the
Harlem (NY) School of the Arts and Norwalk (CT) Community College's art
IN 1980, NICHOL MOVED to Santa Fe, New Mexico and immediately
conducted a Needs Assessment and Feasibility Study for the Museum of New
Mexico. Upon its completion, she became the fund raising consultant to
a U.S. Senate Campaign. After Senator Jeff Bingaman's victory, Nichol
assumed the office of VICE PRESIDENT of the University of Albuquerque.
At the U. of A. Nichol built the offices of Development, Alumni, Public
Relations and Grants into a viable department. She also broadened
the base of funding through cultivation of business and community leaders
and new direct mail and telemarketing techniques; thereby, increasing in
one year the University's funding effort by 900 per cent.
MOVING TO COLORADO in 1985, Nichol implemented the University of
Southern Colorado's first Capital Campaign. As director of Development
and Alumni Relations, Nichol served as a University Department Head and
reported directly to the President of the USC Foundation office.
In this post, she directed all aspects of fund raising: alumni drives;
special events; foundation grants; solicitations of major donors; planned
giving; direct mail; special lunches for business and community leaders;
"Black Tie" dinner dances honoring major donors; and USC's first faculty/staff
WHILE AT USC, Nichol developed an Alumni Newsletter and increased
its distribution from 300 to 13,000 graduates. She also instituted
a "Homecoming" program; prepared short and long range plans; developed
annual reports and department budgets and designed an Alumni logo that
became the University's monogram. Before leaving the University in
December 1990 to pursue consulting opportunities, Nichol had assisted USC
in raising more than $12 million.
AS A CONSULTANT to nonprofit organizations, Nichol has worked
both on site and through the Internet with groups in California, Colorado,
New Mexico, Connecticut, New York and Washington, D.C. Types of support
garnered for her clients range from Foundation to Congressional Delegation.
Among those served are: Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Volunteer Center
of Los Angeles, and the Colorado Environmental Coalition. As a 1994
"grantee" of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Nichol
also provided grants administration training to the Native American tribes
in a six state region.
NICHOL'S BACKGROUND IN and understanding of the nonprofit world
is further enhanced by the many personal and community activities she undertakes,
including serving on the boards of directors of the New Mexico League of
Women Voters, the Westport League of Women Voters and the Pueblo Girls
IN THIS PERIOD OF INCREASING COMPETITION for philanthropic support,
Nichol looks forward to assisting nonprofit organizations realize their
important missions and goals. On site, telephone and internet services