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Nov 01, 2018

Investors vs. Members. What’s the Difference?
For most Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Organizations, members and membership dues are the lifeblood of the organization. Dues typically fund the majority of operating and overhead costs such as rents and mortgages, salaries and benefits, utilities, equipment, supplies, etc. Sponsorships, total resource campaigns, affinity programs and other non-dues revenue are also important sources of operating funds that help chambers provide more and better services...

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Oct 31, 2017

5 Keys to Making Sure Your Strategic Plan Gets Funded: You Have One, Now it’s Time to Use It.
Now that you have invested the time, capital and energy in creating a strategic plan – it is time to put this plan into action. Whether you are about to embark on the planning process, have recently completed a plan, or have one gathering dust on the shelf, we have the strategies you need to take these well-researched ideas and use them to better your...

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Sep 26, 2017

Expert Webinar: Attracting Business Using Video
Economic Development video for business attraction is a powerful tool and strategy, but like any other form of content marketing, it works wonders when it's crafted by a professional who knows how to tell your unique story visually. In this session, presented by Brian Aiken, Founder of Neon Cloud Productions, you will find out why it's not just about having the content but when video artistry...

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Sep 26, 2017

Lead Forensics: Giving Golden Shovel Clients the Data Advantage
What can Lead Forensics do for your organization? Imagine if you could take control of your lead generation activity and convert sales-ready prospects, before your competitors even get close? Lead Forensics is the software that reveals the identity of your anonymous website visitors, and turns them into actionable sales-ready leads. In real-time. For this webinar, we have also invited Justin Sommer, Executive Director of Grow Piqua Now,...

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Sep 26, 2017

Expert Webinar: Business Retention & Expansion, The Foundation to All Economic Development Work
In a 21-year career serving as the chief executive of a Main Street program, rural county economic development organization, and two metropolitan economic development organizations and chambers of commerce, Joe Raso used his Business Retention & Expansion program as the foundation for all his work. In that time, he discovered the four essential challenges all economic development staff and organizations face in their work and...

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Sep 26, 2017

Expert Webinar: Organic Economic Development and Permitting Assistance
Each year more than half a million new businesses are formed. These new employers are a key element to creating strong communities, but often their first interface with local government relies upon the tools of a different era. Those tools are costing cities too much money, and too many opportunities. In this webinar, presented by Peter Koht, Co-Owner of OpenCounter, we’ll share statistics and case...

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Sep 26, 2017

What Your ED Board Needs to Know About That Cost Benefit Report
This session is intended to help economic developers, their boards, and other stakeholders cut through the jargon, identify the hallmarks of a high-quality cost-benefit report, and utilize the cost-benefit report to its fullest potential.

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Jul 07, 2017

White Paper: ROI Fundraising
By their very nature, fundraising campaigns for Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Organizations differ from traditional philanthropy campaigns in one key regard:  donors do not necessarily experience the “warm glow and satisfaction of helping a good cause” that they get from other nonprofits.  This is precisely why we prefer the term “investor” over “donor.”  And by definition, an investor expects a return on his,...

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Feb 23, 2017

Nsight News, February 2017
In 1977, a young Chamber of Commerce executive named Howard Benson saw a need to help communities raise big money for bold initiatives that couldn't be funded through membership dues, sponsorships, or other traditional sources. He founded NCDS, which has helped establish the multi-year strategic initiative and public-private partnerships  as customary and preferred approaches for community and economic development organizations.  Having raised over $1.7 billion...

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Jan 24, 2017

ProView: Four Lessons from Forty Years of Fundraising
2017 marks our 40th year of raising money for community and economic development organizations. In the course of conducting over 700 campaigns in communities of all sizes across the U.S. we’ve seen many changes. We’ve also seen a handful of core principles of success validated year after year and campaign after campaign.

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Nov 16, 2016

Nsight News, November 2016
When the Forward Sioux Falls 2021 campaign launched late last year, NCDS  had previously raised over $37 million for six successive multi-year strategic initiatives since 1987.  This joint venture of the Sioux Falls Development Foundation and the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has been an unquestioned success, creating jobs and economic growth, and elevating Sioux Falls to consistently high rankings on "best places" lists....

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Nov 07, 2016

ROI Infographic Clarksville, TN
A one page info graphic showing the ROI of the Aspire Calrksville program   

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Nov 07, 2016

Martin County FL Health Systems Economic Impact Analyis
Projected Economic Impact of hospital expansion project, used to secure county board approval.

Category: Economic Impact Analyses

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Nov 07, 2016

Mobile Scorecard Info graphic
One page info graphic of Mobile, AL Partners for Growth program ROI, 2013-2016  

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Nov 07, 2016

Raleigh Wake County NC Economic Impact Analysis 2014-2016
Scorecard Economic Impact Analysis for Raleigh. Wake County NC Edge 5 program - 2014-2016

Category: Economic Impact Analyses

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Oct 27, 2016

The Evolution of Chamber Capital Campaigns
As long as four years ago, data suggested that the “capital campaign” concept in the chamber world had reached the tipping point. Evolving since 1960 when the Metro Atlanta (GA) Chamber launched the first modern “superfund” campaign called Forward Atlanta, the capital campaign has morphed from trend to accepted practice in chamber funding. A 2005 ACCE “Quick Poll” showed that nearly 40 percent of chambers...

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Aug 26, 2016

Remaking Economic Development: THE MARKETS AND CIVIC S OF C ONTINUOUS GROWTH AND PRO SPERITY
The lackluster U.S. economy is delivering a humbling lesson about economic development: Top-line growth doesn’t ensure bottom-line prosperity. The potential of economic development is to do what markets alone cannot do: influence growth through action and investments. Leaders in cities and metro areas have an opportunity to remake economic development—to adopt a broader vision of economic development that can deliver continuous growth, prosperity, and inclusion in...

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May 10, 2016

Nsight News, May 2016
Workforce & Talent As human capital is increasingly recognized as a key determinant in community and economic development success, we continue to see more strategic plans (and fundraising campaigns) focused on education initiatives and talent attraction.  While there is no shortage of research, advice, and best practice examples available, many communities and organizations still struggle with how to approach the issue.  We hope the following links...

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Apr 14, 2016

ProView: Raising Money vs. Raising ENOUGH Money
Since we first began raising money for chambers of commerce and economic development organizations almost 40 years ago, what we call the multi-year strategic initiative approach to funding community and economic development has become an accepted practice for communities and organizations of all types and sizes. The concept has become generically referred to by some as “superfund,” or “capital campaign” with a proliferation of consultants...

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Apr 14, 2016

ProView: Do We Really Need a Feasibility Study?
You’ve been through a lengthy strategic planning process. Dozens of stakeholders have participated in committees or task forces and given their input. The board has unanimously endorsed the new plan or project. Everyone acknowledges the need to raise additional funds and has pledged their support. Do you really need to spend time, effort, and money on a fundraising feasibility study?

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Apr 14, 2016

ProVIew: Sustained Funding for Economic Development
The compelling aspect of a five-year funding initiative is that investors provide larger financial commitments to assure accomplishment of specific goals. Troubling to some CEO’s, however, is that the payments committed for five years will one day come to an end, while more challenges remain. To simply state the obvious dilemma: What is to be done when the money runs out? A better question is:...

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Mar 26, 2016

Nsight News, July 2014
Clarksville, TN: Aspire V campaign nears $4 million In 1996, NCDS helped create and fund the Aspire Clarksville program.  Since its inception as a $1.6 million marketing fund, this program, thanks to focus and direction from its private sector leaders, has evolved into a comprehensive approach to economic development and has delivered notable wins and progress to Montgomery County.  NCDS' Russ Leach recently concluded his assignment...

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Mar 23, 2016

NCDS Special Report: The Strategic Initiative
In the past two decades, development organizations in some of America’s most successful communities have adopted a growth stimulation strategy that has transformed their local economies. Some of the dynamic and well-known cities utilizing this concept include Salt Lake City, Spokane, Atlanta, Phoenix, Raleigh/Durham, Tucson, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, and many others. Recent statistics compiled by the Economic Strategy Center of Atlanta, Georgia, indicate that cities...

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Mar 23, 2016

NCDS White Paper: Making the Chamber 501(c)(3) Foundation a Tool for Positive Community Action
If you think getting big dollars from foundations is about fancy grant writing, think again. Experience shows that the pen is not mightier than the relationship when it comes to scoring with foundations.

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Mar 23, 2016

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Mar 23, 2016

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Mar 23, 2016

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Mar 23, 2016

Ethics and Philanthropy Survey Findings (Giving Institute Article)
Ethics remain a hot-button issue in philanthropy, according to a new survey conducted by Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits, a Glenview, Ill.-based group comprised of the nation’s leading professional consulting firms in the field. Results of the survey were released at the Association of Fundraising Professionals conference, being held in San Diego.

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Dec 31, 1969

ProVIew: Approval vs. Ownership
One of the benefits of hiring consultants or “experts,” including fundraisers, is avoiding common mistakes and pitfalls that are often caused by following conventional wisdom or “armchair quarterbacks” within your organization or community. One such mistake is the notion that approval and endorsement of a new program or project - and a campaign to fund it - by an executive board or committee will foster...

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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