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Consultant to the Nonprofit Sector
(719) 256-4459
BETTY NICHOL ESTABLISHED her consultant practice in 1991 to provide comprehensive planning, faciliation and development services to nonprofit organizations.

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 department. 

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 campaign. 

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 Club. 

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 are available.

Partial Listing of Clients Served
Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Foundation
Los Angeles, California
Volunteer Center of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California
Palomar Community College
San Marcos, California
Greenway Arts Alliance
(theater company offering professional training to local youth)
Los Angeles, California
Grameen Foundation USA
(resource center for the Grameen Bank, Bangladesh)
Washington, D.C.
Atalanta Association
(educational enterprise offering projects in sustainablilty
and stewardship)
Crestone, Colorado
Daedalus Education Foundation
Del Mar, California
Inside Edge
(Human Potential Organization)
Beverly Hills, Orange County & San Diego, CA
Colorado Environmental Coalition
Denver, Colorado
Naropa Institute
(BA, MA, & Ph.D. granting institution)
Boulder, Colorado
Pueblo YWCA
Pueblo, Colorado
Orinda Institute
(support group for people with life-threatening illnesses)
Brookfield, Connecticut
Norwalk Community College
Norwalk, Connecticut
Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center
Norwalk, Connecticut
Westport Public Library
Westport, Connecticut
Westport YMCA
Westport, Connecticut
Westport Historical Society
Westport, Connecticut
Museum of New Mexico
(State Museum and Historic Site System)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
"Bingaman for U.S. Senate"
("winning" Senate campaign)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Harlem School of the Arts
New York, New York
Costilla County Soil Conservation District
San Luis, Colorado
San Luis Valley Resource Conservation & Development
Alamosa, Colorado
San Luis Valley Christian Community Services
Alamosa, Colorado
J Kyle Braid Leadership Ranch & Foundation
Villa Grove, Colorado
Betty Nichol
P.O. Box 462, Crestone, CO 81131
(719) 256-4459
Copyright © 1998- 2001 by Betty Nichol