The Research And Analysis Division Of NCDS

Business and civic leaders know that nonprofit organizations create value for their communities. The nonprofits in which they invest most are the ones they believe generate the greatest return on their philanthropic dollars. NCDS' Economic Strategy Center (ESC) specializes in proving the economic value of community and economic development organizations and programs – a significant asset for every NCDS campaign.


Using in-depth research, an array of local and national data sources and economic modeling, ESC develops persuasive, compelling rationale for public and private sector investment in nonprofit programs and organizations. NCDS project directors integrate reports and analyses into campaign materials and customized proposals to secure capacity investments for our clients. As appropriate and necessary for every NCDS campaign, the ESC develops:

  • Economic Impact Analysis
  • Fiscal Impact Analysis
  • Consumer Expenditure Projections
  • Business Sector Output Projections

Additionally, Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Agencies can benefit from ESC's stand-alone services such as Performance Evaluations, Benchmarking and the ROI Score Card. These services are particularly useful in demonstrating the real value of an organization to a community and its investors.

To learn more about the ESC's capabilities and how they can help you raise more money, contact ESC Director Trygve Vigmostad.

Click here for a sample “Projected Economic Impact Analysis."

Click here for a sample “Return on Investment Infographic."

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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
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