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Investors vs. Members. What’s the Difference?

November 01, 2018

Category: White Papers

Investors vs. Members. What’s the Difference?



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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 capital campaigns, affinity programs and other non-dues revenue are also important sources of chamber of commerce fundraising 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. 

Multi-year campaigns (capital campaigns) are a different form of chamber of commerce fundraising and economic development fundraising because they are based on the overall economic impact. Investors are taught that their contribution will make a tangible impact that also benefits them - that's the magic of ROI fundraising. NCDS has used this model successfully for decades with our multi-year campaigns being used to fund chamber initiatives along with public-private partnership activities. Read to learn more!