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Investors vs. Members. What’s the Difference?

November 1, 2018

Category: White Papers

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 to their members. And many economic development organizations receive real estate income, loan fees, or even dedicated tax apportionments. The key similarity among all these funding sources (and the primary distinction between members and investors) is that they are all transactional in nature. 




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"On behalf of the officers and directors of the Economic Development Alliance, I want to thank you and your staff for the great job NCDS did in helping restructure the Alliance, and for successful management of the fundraising campaign that fully funded our five-year action plan. The NCDS process and format delivered exactly what you said it would do when you met with Alliance members over eighteen months ago. The NCDS process engaged top regional private and public sector leaders and attracted financial support from large and small companies and communities throughout the region."

Brian Ferguson, Chairman & CEO (Retired) • Eastman Chemical Company

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