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When donors, foundations and corporations invest in civil society a child’s health, a student’s dream or a family’s future is made secure. National Development Institute nurtures and leverages philanthropy by supplying funders and organizations the capacity building research and education they require to advance their mission. Since 1990, NDI, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has dedicated its resources to executives, donors, volunteers, staff and board members across six continents committed to human welfare, education, health care, the arts and environment.

Foundations, Corporations & Philanthropists

NDI supports major funders by ensuring the nonprofits they financially support are equipped for success. NDI protects a donor’s investment by working side-by-side with the recipient of their gifts ensuring that the organization uses their gift to increase capacity and foster growth. NDI also provides foundations, corporations, and philanthropists an alternative to saying “no” to the nonprofit not yet equipped to receive their investment. Instead, funders can provide the gift of the National Development Institute to properly prepare them for a future opportunity to receive funding.

Executives, Board Members, Staff & Volunteers

Since NDI’s inception, over 17,000 nonprofit officers and volunteers representing over 1,700 nonprofit organizations have received training in all areas of nonprofit advancement including:

  • Public Relations
  • Staff Development
  • Strategic Planning
  • Prospect Research
  • Major Gifts Campaigns
  • Communications
  • Direct Mail
  • Best Practices
  • Board Formation
  • Special Events
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Organizational Development

Instructors, Coaches, Mentors & Consultants

NDI believes that properly trained consultants are the key to providing nonprofit organizations the information they need to succeed. NDI has been privileged to credential Executive Directors, Development Officers, Human Resource Directors, Finance Directors, Program Directors, Volunteers, and Board Members who are ready to share their experience with others. NDI hosts an annual Consultant’s Conference, provides the Certified Nonprofit Consultant credential, as well as the world’s largest online training platform… Major Gifts Ramp-Up Cloud.

Service Providers & Vendors

NDI provides vendors who serve the charitable sector the opportunity to be established as a NDI Preferred Service Provider. The NDI “Seal of Approval” gives Nonprofit Executives the confidence they need when choosing cost-efficient and superior services to accomplish their mission. Each NDI preferred partner has distinguished themselves in service to the sector and have been named a “PREFERRED PROVIDER” by the National Development Institute.

Professional Conferences

NDI is one of the leading providers of nonprofit training conferences in the world today. Participants experience fun, fast-paced, professional training in all areas of nonprofit management including:

  • Major Gifts Ramp-Up for Nonprofits, Ministries & Healthcare
  • Nonprofit Boards That Work & Really Raise Money
  • Faith & Fundraising Summit for Churches & Ministries
  • Nonprofit Consultant’s Training Conference

NDI’s faculty is comprised of professional men and women who have dedicated their entire careers to the charitable sector. NDI Alumni include executives, funders, clergy, volunteers, staff and board members from across six continents.

Research & Development

For 20 years NDI has been privileged to work with the charitable world’s most significant thought-leaders. Through constant collaboration these practitioners have systematically increased sector knowledge and introduced new methods to advance civil society. Here are just a few of NDI’s ongoing research and development projects:

  • Conducted sector-wide research study (with Clemson University) to empirically determine the role and value of nonprofit capacity-building in a down-turned economy.
  • Performed multiple, long-term surveys of nonprofits in the U.S. and Europe to determine the proper dimensions of organizational advancement within the sector.
  • Designed Major Gifts Ramp-Up Nonprofit Advancement Model
  • Designed and launched online training platform Major Gifts Ramp-Up Cloud
  • Designed and launched the online donor prospect research platform
  • Designed and continue to oversee Certified Nonprofit Consultant (CNC) credentialing
  • Piloting the development of the social media online networking platform

Publishing House

NDI Publishing House produces books, tutorials, audios, videos, periodicals, and other media to inform and inspire executives tasked with developing themselves, their organizations and the communities they serve. Current publishing projects address leadership, fundraising, prospect research, organizational development, nonprofit and board management.

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