Our Story

Who We Are.

Resource Development Group (RDG) was established in 1995 to provide experienced fundraising counsel to economic and community development organizations. RDG has worked with a wide variety of clients including chambers of commerce, community improvement corporations and economic development organizations at the local, regional and state levels throughout the United States. We conduct feasibility studies; best practice research and implementation; and board and organizational restructuring in addition to our customized capital campaign solutions. Although we handle projects of all sizes and scopes, our specific expertise is managing multi-faceted fundraising initiatives in complex regions comprised of multiple political jurisdictions.

Our team of seasoned professionals includes four principals/owners and has more than a century of collective experience in the art of fundraising. We have managed more than 135 economic/community development funding projects generating our clients over $1.5 billion in operating revenue for a diversity of purposes including community building, operations, marketing, incentive funds, workforce development, business incubators, special projects and buildings.

RDG is the only firm in the United States focused exclusively on generating revenue for economic development organizations. As such, every project we have managed since inception looks something like you! Our products range from “turn-key” capital campaigns to specific consulting solutions, all designed with your unique challenges and opportunities in mind. We take a holistic approach to all of our engagements. Our job is to make you better!

The RDG Difference

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PROVEN RESULTS vs. TAKING YOUR CHANCES

Our clients recognize that successful fundraising campaigns begin with a strong partnership and shared vision. Experienced RDG consultants meet with your organization’s board or leadership team to develop a strategic approach specific to your needs and goals – a proven formula that leads to quantifiable, attainable results.

RAISING THE BAR vs. JUST RAISING MONEY

Our core competency is the solicitation of major investments and contributions. In this process, we raise more than money.

We raise the bar within organizations with results that:

  • Strengthen and energize boards of directors to achieve their true potential
  • Provide critical organizational skills to begin the fundraising process
  • Turn roadblocks into opportunities with proven strategies for success
  • Raise expectations from what is probable to what is possible

CUSTOMIZED SOLUTIONS vs. PRE-PACKAGED CAMPAIGNS

We’ve learned that every fundraising campaign has a life of its own – a unique personality. The best campaign for metro Atlanta is not the best campaign for Pittsburgh, or Phoenix, or Fort Worth (TX), or Topeka (KS) or Rocky Mount (NC), or Bay City (MI), or Defiance (OH). Hence, we don’t believe in cookie-cutter campaigns. We take the best of everything and apply it to your specific situation, thus designing the best campaign model for YOU!

Our customized campaigns are designed to achieve maximum success – both in funds raised and program momentum gained after a successfully completed funding effort.

DIRECT SOLICITATION vs. PASSING THE BUCK

Raise your hand if you like to ask people for money. That’s what we thought!

One of the reasons we maximize results is because we personally solicit the funds on your behalf. We not only enjoy it, we’re specialists at it. Think of how that could free your leadership to stay on task in other key areas of organizational and campaign leadership.

Besides, 9 out of 10 volunteers say they are uncomfortable “asking for money”.

WORKING WITH PRINCIPALS vs. INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

As principals, we bring much more to the table than an independent contractor. We remain integrally involved from visioning and assessment, through preparation, solicitation and managing the campaign through to its successful conclusion.

Our track record indicates we have:

  • Managed 135+ economic development fundraising campaigns
  • Conducted 6,500+ leadership and consensus building interviews
  • Conducted more than 25,000 direct solicitation calls
  • Raised over $1.5 billion to support economic development programs

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