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Our associates bring a wealth of knowledge and regional experience to educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, foundations, associations, events and special purpose committees. Our individual and collective successes add expertise and objective insight to any situation.

Areas of Expertise

Education

Services include school levy campaigns, contract negotiations, scholarships, grant writing, fundraising, strategic planning, and crisis communications.

Grants

Just how difficult is it to identify funding sources, recognize opportunities, evaluate their potential, apply, receive and administer grants?

Successful grant writing and administration must be structured much like a marketing plan complete with a mission statement, brand positioning, effective strategy, efficient execution, and accurate measurement. Finding funders and following instructions is simply not enough.

ECS will provide objective counsel and hands-on execution with regard to grant research, evaluation, writing, and administration. Our lead consultant has both depth and breadth of knowledge, and an enviable track record of success.

Fundraising

Your campaign may rise to a higher level of success with assistance from our experienced practitioners as executive directors, marketing executives, creatives, and volunteer community leaders.

Services cover everything from strategy, goal-setting, case statements, collateral, print, web, and training.

Members of the team have been successful in volunteer roles as well as in their professional careers. Some have led community campaigns for the arts, churches, education, food pantries, health and human services, mental health and other causes.

In one case, a team member conducted communications activities that included message crafting, materials, strategy, and training for a capital campaign that exceeded its goal by 2O%. One of our collaborators has in-depth experience working within organizations as a foundation and development executive, program development, grant writing, scholarship development, and special events.

Another has organized and led five successful school levies, two united campaigns, and has increased yes votes for a mental health levy by a factor of 1.5.

Communications

Making a point is one thing, delivering it to internal and external audiences in a meaningful manner is another. In our experience, many initiatives fall short of their potential simply because the message was not clear and precise.

Our first task will be to craft a message that is clearly understood by your target audience. From there, we will help you deliver it through appropriate channels that may include public media, private networks, printed materials, Internet, group presentations, and personal outreach.

Services include websites, publications (including annual reports), copywriting, graphics and layout, photography, and many others. We will provide training for website updates.

Think of us for successful political campaigns and public issue promotion.

Welcome!

I’m Gary Williams, founder and principal of Gary Williams Associates. I am an experienced professional with a proud and accomplished career in education, nonprofit organizations, volunteer leadership, and community service. My strengths and interests include advocacy, fundraising, grant writing and administration, legislative strategy, and nonprofit development.

You will find me to be a creative, data-driven, energetic problem solver and program builder with excellent communication skills.

I believe my ability to work with people of diverse cultural, educational and economic backgrounds has led to well-established professional relationships with local, regional, and state administrators, boards, business leaders, community leaders, educators, legislators, students, and volunteers.

GWA brings together a diverse team of professionals with real-world experience and track records of success.

As a small group of experienced contractors and consultants, we offer flexible options from a la carte tasks at affordable hourly rates to comprehensive packages of well-defined deliverables ­— whatever works best for you.

In some cases, it may be beneficial to form a team of experts to evaluate a situation in order to resolve all aspects of the problem.

Here’s to success!

Gary L. Williams, Principal

Quotes & Proposals

To maintain the flexibility to suggest practical solutions, offer creative bundling, and to protect our intellectual property, we choose not to publish our rates. However, there is no charge for a site visit within our service area during which we will get acquainted, discuss circumstances, and define desired outcomes. From that meeting, a detailed proposal will be developed and delivered.