First Community Development is a team of Fundraising Professionals. When you hire FCD, you’re not just hiring expert campaign counsel, you’re hiring seasoned fundraising professionals who understand how to turn prospects into committed partners. FCD provides expertise and campaign management services for major fundraising campaigns of $1 million or more to corporate driven nonprofits in the Southeast United States. Every FCD campaign is tailored to individual client and community needs and offers innovative and effective approaches to fundraising initiatives.
First Community Development is distinctive among fundraising companies. One size doesn’t fit all.
Our primary focus is raising funds for corporate-driven organizations like Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Councils, Downtown Revitalization Authorities, and other selected non-profit organizations.
Each campaign is carefully designed to meet the specific needs of the individual client-organization and community because one style of fund raising doesn’t fit all.
We live and work in the South. We succeed in the South.
We only raise funds in the Southeastern nine states. Every client has the guarantee that FCD’s senior leadership will not only be engaged in their campaign, but can be on sight within a day’s notice when needed.
At First Community Development we know the value of local relationships. Focusing on the Southeast has allowed us to build deep and lasting relationships in communities from Jackson, MS to Aiken, SC and Gainesville, FL to Paducah, KY. We know how business is done here and the culture it represents. That makes us more compatible with your leadership and your community.
Your campaign means everything to us.
Rather than conducting 20 campaigns a year all across the country, as our competitors attempt, First Community Development accepts only a limited number of clients each year and we give their campaigns our full focus. That’s why we are so successful. Yours is the most important campaign we have and we do everything within our power to make it successful.
You get over a century of expertise.
Steve Dorough, our Founder & CEO, is personally involved in every campaign FCD conducts. No other fundraising company at this level can make that claim. Add the experience of FCD’s executive team and you will benefit from over 100 years of combined fundraising expertise for each campaign we direct.
We plan for your success.
People give because it is in their best interest to do so. FCD helps your organization craft a compelling multi-year Strategic Plan that underscores the “needs” in your community that this extraordinary fundraising will address. No other fundraising company starts each fundraising initiative with this level of strategic planning.
You get more for your money.
Each year, FCD reviews our campaigns and calculates our professional fees as a percentage of funds raised. Compared to a national average of 35%, FCD’s professional fees range from 2% to 8% of funds raised. FCD is and will always strive to be the best value in the fundraising industry.
We aren’t consultants, we’re fundraisers.
We aren’t campaign counsel, we’re campaign directors.
We don’t seek to meet your goal, we want to exceed it.