The NCDS Difference

Over the course of almost four decades, our clients have reported a number of differences between NCDS and other fundraising/consulting firms. We believe the four that distinguish us most are:


  • the NCDS difference imageEmphasis on a thorough, professional, and candid goal assessment process.  A failed, or even a suboptimal campaign, can damage an organization’s image and reputation.  Our pre-campaign due diligence allows our clients to understand their level of asking rights and how to position a campaign for maximum support.  We don’t short cut or pay lip service to this process.
  • Strategy over salesmanship.  How a fundraising solicitation is conducted has a lot to do with the results it produces.  It is also a reflection on the organization doing the soliciting.  There are four key elements of every solicitation, and we make sure we get every one of them right.
  • Compelling economic impact and return on investment data, produced by our Economic Strategy Center, and customized for dozens of industry sectors in every community we serve.  This resource and our knowledge of how to use it allows us to secure larger commitments from more sources (many of which you might never think about).
  • Skilled communications.  Successful fundraising requires people – staff, volunteers, and donors – to do things that are often outside their area of expertise or comfort zone.  Strong verbal and written communications from your fundraising counsel are necessary for all these participants to understand and execute their roles.  Every NCDS professional can effectively communicate the “what, why, when, and how” of each aspect of our campaign process, as well as help you articulate your strategic initiative or capital project.

Contact us today to learn more about the NCDS difference.

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“Birmingham Landmarks, Inc. certainly made the right decision in selecting NCDS to raise the $7 million needed to fully restore our sadly dilapidated and abandoned former vaudeville theatre in downtown Birmingham.  Your firm provided the wisdom and experience to position the project as worthy of support, then structured a winning campaign that was creative, energizing, and relentless in pursuit of the goal.  We were especially appreciative of your flexibility relative to our early cash flow issues, and even more so in the selection of the assigned NCDS Project Executive.  Because of the success and momentum of your phase of this exceptional campaign, the Lyric staff was able to continue seeking commitments utilizing tax credits, and the total raised now exceeds $11.8 million.  Thanks to NCDS, Birmingham can boast of having one of the most spectacularly restored performing arts theaters in America.”

Brant Beene, Executive Director • Birmingham Landmarks, Inc.

National Community Development Services, Inc.
6300 Powers Ferry Road, Suite 600-165
Atlanta, GA  30339
Phone: (404) 231-0730
tdifiore@ncdsinc.net