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Mr. Howard C. Benson

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Founder and Chief Executive Offic...

National Community Development Services , Inc.
3155 Roswell Road NE Suite 250
Atlanta , Georgia 30305
United States

Company Description: We are committed to enabling the success of each client, and by implication, their community, by consistently providing outstanding service, value, and results to...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Academy of Organization Management at Notre Dame
  • Brevard College
  • University of Georgia Institute for Organization Management
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National Community Development Services, 13 Aug 2014 [cached]
Howard C. Benson Founder and Chief Executive Officer
National Community Development Services, 13 Aug 2014 [cached]
Howard Benson, CEO of National Community Development Services, Inc. (NCDS), the Atlanta-based fundraising firm that helped both Wingfield's and Garner's organizations raise their program money, isn't surprised they've seen good results. "Unquestionably, getting the private sector engaged is critical not only to raising big money, but to economic success as well," he said.
Benson, who has worked with more than 300 economic development organizations since 1978, explained that there are several keys to raising large amounts of funds. The programs need to be bold and aggressive, with defined timeframes. The organization also must be held accountable for results. "Money is always available to get specific goals accomplished that have a clear return on dollars invested," Benson explained. This principle applies in large and small communities alike.
"It makes sense, doesn't it? Few businesses want to write a checkfax to email servicemoraira property service tobusiness secured credit card a department of city or county government," Benson said.
Benson agrees that times have gotten a bit tougher for economic development fundraising, but emphasizes that as approached by smart, aggressive practitioners, who aren't afraid to shake up the proverbial status quo, these public/private collaborations are wise investments.
"Come to think of it, if Warren Buffet hears about these go-go economic development operations, he just might want to invest a few million," Benson said.
National Community Development Services, 13 Aug 2014 [cached]
When Howard Benson spoke at the first Outlook Forum in 1996, he said some things that shook business and government leaders in the state and led to the creation of the Wyoming Business Council.
"Wyoming, I don't think you are hungry enough for economic development! Bensondoctorado en traduccion said in 1996.
Returning to the Outlook 2006 Forum in Casper on Tuesday, Benson said the state has made very good progress at keeping things moving, but cautioned against settling into that comfortable sense of complacency again.
"Things are really good in Wyoming for a lot of people, but not everybody," Benson said. "Wyoming reminds me of the type of people we all know who were born on third base, but act like they hit a triple. Too many people in this state make just getting by into a high art."
Benson said living in Wyoming shouldn't be so hard.
"Local communities can provide an energy boom of their own that's not minerals-based," he said. "These communities can swim against the tide of complacency to seek balance and diversification in their local communities by setting measurable goals and getting about doing them."
Benson said that Wyoming's long-term outlook seems sustainable, so long as the state can addressgirls small tits its shortage of an available work force.
"Leadership is the antidote to a complacent community," he said. "Leaders set themselves up to be measurable and accountable to themselves. It's good to keep that fuse lit and stay focused."
Benson is the president of Atlanta-based National Community Development Services. The forum was sponsored by the Wyoming Business Alliance and the Wyoming Heritage Foundation.
International Economic Development Council, 1 Dec 2012 [cached]
Mr. Howard C. Benson Chief Executive Officer National Community Development Services, Inc. 3155 Roswell Road NE, Suite 250 Atlanta, GA 30305-1862 Phone: (404) 231-0183 Fax: (404) 231-3721
National Community Development Services, 13 Aug 2014 [cached]
Howard C. Benson National Community Development Services
Howard C. Benson Founder/Chief Executive Officer
As chief executive officer of NCDS, Howard's role is to assure that "team NCDS" provides excellent service to every client. He leads a 50-person group of highly motivated fundraising and community development professionals working with some of the nation's most respected non-profit organizations.
Before founding NCDS in 1977, Howard served for five years as a senior executive of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce where he directed the funding of the groundbreaking Forward Atlanta economic development program. Prior to that he was a staff executive of the Jacksonville, Florida Chamber in a similar capacity. He began his community development career in 1967 as executive director of a chamber of commerce in a northeast Florida community of 18,000 population. He is a graduate of Brevard College and the University of Georgia Institute for Organization Management and the Academy of Organization Management at Notre Dame.
Always an innovator in the field of community development fundraising, Howard established the Economic Strategy Center as an affiliate of NCDS in 1993 to provide certifiable return on investment data to donor/investors in NCDS clients' campaigns. He raised the bar in solicitation strategy by making ProCall® the firm's standard campaign strategy, wherein NCDS professionals take the lead in prospect solicitations.
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