About Us

Local business, global reach

Do-Gooders helping Do-Gooders to do good.

After nearly 20 years in the nonprofit sector, Michelle Nusum-Smith started The Word Woman LLC in 2010 to help new and emerging nonprofit organizations, as well as individuals, achieve their missions to do good.

The Word Woman LLC is a full-service consulting firm supporting new, emerging and established nonprofits as well as government agencies and individuals to achieve their goals by providing a full range of high-quality, professional yet affordable nonprofit consulting, coaching and training services.

Services are personalized and customized to fit each client’s individual needs. The Word Woman, LLC offers the highest levels of integrity, expertise and objectivity with a focus on establishing synergy between client and consultant to create winning strategies that achieve targeted results. Whether you are thinking of starting a nonprofit or you are the leader at an established organization, our team is ready to help you Do Good.

About Michelle

Michelle Nusum-Smith is owner and principal consultant at The Word Woman LLC. A licensed consultant, coach and trainer, Michelle helps nonprofits, government agencies, and individuals develop the skills, knowledge and resources to achieve their missions. She is licensed to offer consulting services for the Standards for Excellence® program and has the knowledge, skills and tools necessary to work with nonprofits across the country interested in learning about and implementing the Standards for Excellence code. 

A graduate of the Honors Program at Coppin State University where she earned a BS in Management Science with a minor in Marketing, Michelle is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Maryland Nonprofits. She is also an Associate Consultant for Maryland Nonprofits. Michelle is actively involved in numerous charities and community activities, including serving as Chair of the Steering Committee at United Way of Frederick County’s Prosperity Center and Chair of the RSVP Program at the Asian American Center of Frederick County.


Associated Black Charities Board Pipeline
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
Grant Professionals Associations
Maryland Black Chamber of Commerce 
Maryland Nonprofits (Associate Member; Associate Consultant)
NeighborWorks America (Consultants Pool)
Standards for Excellence® Licensed Consultant

Our Clients

Brunswick Main Street
Carroll County Youth Service Bureau
Baltimore City Health Department
Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore
Emmanuel Wesleyan Church
Habitat for Humanity of Carroll County
Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County
I Believe in Me
Learn-N-Play Inc.
Literacy Council of Frederick County
Maryland Community Action Partnership
Mikey's Miracle Foundation
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Association of African American Financial Advisors
Transformation Nation
United Way of Frederick County

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