General Consulting

Joshua's Place Early Learning Center

InTheGlow

Pure Love Ministry

The Baltimore CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign

TuTTie's Place

Transformation Health

William E. Proudford Sickle Cell Fund


Memberships and Affiliations

Associated Black Charities Board Pipeline - Cycle VI

Association of Fundraising Professionals
Grant Professionals Associations

Maryland Nonprofits (Associate Member)
NeighborWorks America (Consultants Pool)


​Standards for Excellence® Licensed Consultant, 2016 – present

Completed extensive training to assist organizations seeking to implement the Standards for Excellence code. Familiar with all of Standards for Excellence resources and licensed to use materials in the advancement of her work and the nonprofits and other institutions with whom she works.

​​​​​​​The Word Woman LLC (TWW) nonprofit coaching program offers you not only a coach but a mentor. Michelle Nusum-Smith, TWW’s owner and principal consultant, brings to bear her more than 20 years of nonprofit experience to help you achieve your goals through safe, uplifting guidance and technical support.


Our nonprofit coaching is available in three categories: Emerge Coaching*, Growth Coaching and Sustain Coaching. Each consists of guidance, action steps, and templates related:


  • Vision and Mission
  • Board Development/ Governance
  • Strategic Planning
  • Program Development
  • Marketing and Outreach
  • Resource Development
  • Unique issues specific to your situation


Our coaching includes assignments you complete between sessions. These assignments are designed to help you take action toward your goals and keep you moving in the right direction while helping you to develop skills and knowledge.



Request information on our Do-Good Coaching Packages by sending an email to info@thewordwomandllc.com or calling 240-215-4984.

Do-Good Clients Speaking Engagements

Our Services

​​​Flexible Fee Schedule
We offer a flexible fee structure that includes hourly rate, per project rates, and monthly installment options. For more information, contact us today! Call 240-215-4984 or email us at info@thewordwomanllc.com

  • Organizational development

  • Organizational assessment and evaluation

  • Board development and Training

  • Strategic planning and facilitation

  • Resource development (including grantwriting and fundraising)

  • Leadership and supervisory development

  • Program development, marketing and evaluation

  • Capacity building program design and development


​The Word Woman LLC (TWW) grants program offers you proofreading and editing, technical assistance, and proposal writing by Michelle Nusum-
Smith, TWW’s owner and principal consultant. She brings to bear her nearly 20 years of winning proposal writing (over $80M) and managing public and private funds, as well as three years serving as a grant application reviewer for a federal agency.


Winning a grant for can be challenging for even the best project when the proposal is not prepared either by or with consultation with a grants professional. And managing a grant can be equally challenging for someone new to grants. That why TWW’s grants program not only offers writing and technical services but also coaching and support in the
development and management of grants.


Our grants services include:


  • Grant readiness assessment of your proposed project 
  • Research to identify funders with interest that match your cause and geographical area
  • Guidance in assessing your capacity to meet the grant post-award requirements
  • Coaching and support in engaging and cultivating prospective funders
  • Guidance and technical assistance in project development
  • Grant proposal writing, including Letter of Intent when required
  • Grant reporting

​Do-Good Training

Grant Writing & Grants Management

Asian-American Center of Frederick

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of MD & DE

Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake

The White Ribbon Alliance


Strategic Planning/Board Retreats

College Girl

Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership

Coppin State University Development Foundation/Coppin State University National Alumni Association

Empowering Community Leaders Network

Life Savers United

Maryland Department of Human Resources - Office of Refugees and Asylees

Mikey's Miracle Foundation

Rockville United Church


Speaking Engagements

American Association of Service Coordinators National Conference
Kingdom Seekers Deliverance Ministry Women's Retreat
Federated Charities of Frederick County
First United Bank and Trust Nonprofit Lunch & Learn
Frederick County Public Library
Greater Paradise Community Church
Maryland Nonprofits Annual Conference
On Purpose Woman Annual Conference
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America

Change the world. Keep doing good.

​Do-Good Coaching
​Do-Good Consulting
Grant Writing Program

​​​The Word Woman LLC offers training services on a host of topics that support nonprofit success. Contact us to schedule your private, customized training or go to thewordwomanllc.eventbrite.com to register for our public events.