Successful fundraising efforts not only deliver the intended funds …. often it changes the way people and organizations think and work. That’s how fundraising can transform an organization.
We’ve worked with organizations of many different scopes and sizes and have a track record of success that’s hard to beat. To give you a sense of what RDG could make possible for your organization, check out the success stories we’ve listed for various clients. If you find one that resonates with you, contact us and we’ll be happy to provide you with additional context and details of the project.
RDG has managed five economic development funding campaigns for our hometown Chamber of Commerce. In 2009/2010, the regional and corporate leadership realigned all regional economic development activities under a new strategic plan, Columbus 2020. RDG participated in the organizational redesign as a member of the transition team, designed the new funding model, which includes revenue streams for five key initiatives that will be executed by three different organizations.
Forward Atlanta is one of the premier regional economic development initiatives in the United States. Over five investment campaigns, RDG has helped generate more than $85 million in all private funds for operating capital. Forward Atlanta is the largest all privately-funded economic development program in the country.
RDG has managed two direct solicitation campaigns for this unified organization, which includes the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, Greensboro Economic Development Alliance and Action Greensboro, and a consortium of six family foundations. The campaigns have generated over $16 million in funds for the organization.
RDG has managed four five-year fundraising campaigns for the Carolinas Gateway Partnership. The initial campaign was completed before the CGP was formalized and the President was hired. Now in its 15th year, the CGP is a prototype example of an effective, small market public-private partnership for economic development.
RDG has managed four funding initiatives for the Jacksonville Regional Chamber’s JAXUSA Partnership initiative, generating over $25 million in operating capital.
The Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana is a four county region surrounding the Evansville metro. RDG was engaged to manage a hybrid campaign assisted by a local loaned executive. The engagement generated $2.6 million and added 42 new investors to the organization.
RDG was retained by the Central Florida Partnership, a seven county region surrounding Orlando, to build a new organization and formulate a plan of work, metrics and budget. RDG assembled a large Campaign Leadership Council comprised of dozens of committed business leaders to build a broad investor team to fully fund the CFP initiative. The campaign yielded pledges exceeding $10 million over three years and allowed the CFP to internalize the development function, which the investor relations program was designed to achieve.
RDG was initially hired to gauge private sector appetite for investing in the Enterprise Group of Jackson, Michigan. This engagement ultimately became a multi-faceted effort to guide a re-alignment process prior to conducting a capital campaign. The scope of work included enhancing the private sector base, determining a consistent and equitable formula for local government participation and a recruiting a more relevant board comprised of the EG’s community partners.
RDG was retained by the Piedmont Triad Partnership to conduct a best practice study and organizational redesign. After completion of the re-organization, RDG was retained to conduct a joint solicitation campaign that included raising private sector funds for PTP, the Greensboro Partnership and Winston-Salem Alliance. Each organization sought separate funding, but RDG assisted in developing joint campaign materials that demonstrated how each organization’s programming and initiatives dove-tailed. Additionally, RDG also coordinated all joint fundraising calls.