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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“NCDS has been our fundraising firm of choice since they first helped us devise the Forward Sioux Falls operating model in 1987, and raised $1.8 million to implement it.  Not only is the firm exceptionally skilled at raising money, they also understand the importance of generating buy-in and sustained commitment.  NCDS has helped us exceed goal in seven campaigns, the latest of which has a $15.5 million target, and when the current campaign is completed, NCDS will have helped us raise $53 million to fund our initiatives.  Our top community leaders expect the best from our organization, and the exceptional team at NCDS always works hard to help us exceed those expectations.” 

Evan Nolte, President & CEO • Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

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