Convergent Nonprofit Solutions

Convergent Nonprofit Solutions is a consulting firm specializing in capital campaign management for chambers of commerce and economic development organizations throughout the nation. In addition to campaign management, we offer in-depth feasibility studies that position our clients' campaigns for success.

Our extensive background in chamber fundraising includes

  • First-time campaigns
  • Renewal campaigns
  • Small rural communities
  • Major metropolitan areas
  • Multi-county regions
  • Statewide initiatives
  • Establishing public-private sector partnerships
  • Chamber/EDC mergers
  • Building campaigns
  • And more!

Capital campaigns can play a key role in community development efforts. As ACCE notes, "special multiyear fundraising campaigns, aimed at tackling local problems and opportunities, are at the heart of some of the most successful chamber activities." This is why we are seeing a distinct upswing in the number of chambers launching capital campaigns across the country. ACCE's Capital Campaign Council was created to help "advise ACCE and its members on what this kind of fundraising involves."

We're excited to be a part of the Capital Campaign Council and support ACCE in their efforts to ensure that every chamber executive understands the pros and cons, as well as the mechanics, of undertaking a campaign so they can determine whether or not this fundraising strategy is right for their organization. This year, we are specifically focused on supporting the members of ACCE's Economic & Community Development Division.

Presence & Planned Activities

Principals Mark Bergethon, Andy Coe, and Dave Popen are looking forward to attending this year's annual conference! We will once again be exhibiting at the conference, so you can stop by our booth at any time to learn more about our recent fundraising efforts for chamber clients across the country. Additionally, you'll be able to find us at several events within the economic development programming track acting in our role as advisors to the Economic & Community Development Division members.

Exhibit Hall — Booth #34

Stop by to use our free phone charging station!

Mark, Andy, and Dave will all be taking turns at Booth #34, so feel free to stop by anytime to learn more about our services and how we can help your organization reach its funding goals. You can also reach out to us directly at info@convergentnonprofit.com to set up a one-on-one consultation in advance.

When you stop by our booth, be sure to take advantage of our free phone charging station. You can also drop your card for a chance to win a free copy of the book Asking Rights: Why Some Nonprofits Get Funded (and some don't).

Conference Sessions & Events

From Strategy to Action: Lessons in Economic Development

Monday, July 17th | 10-11:15 am

Principal Mark Bergethon will be introducing this session, which will "explore how to transform your strategic planning process into real and consistent action." Panelist Tara Barney, President and CEO of the Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce, is also one of our newest clients. We look forward to having this opportunity to support her and her fellow panelists!

Economic Development Division Meeting

Wednesday, July 19th | 8-9 am

Principal Andy Coe looks forward to joining the members of our special interest division to discuss current issues and best practices. In addition to providing a brief introduction, Andy will be able to provide key insights on investors' responses to various economic initiatives pursued by our clients across the country.

Video — ACCE Featured Exhibitor

Chamber Testimonials

From Our Blog

Fundraising FAQs from Tennessee Chamber Pros

In most instances, our chamber campaigns are for the purpose of funding a multi-year economic development plan.

Community Colleges & Workforce Development: Growing Stronger Together

We all have heard the stories of the financially strapped students whose dreams of a college degree seem unachievable until a scholarship opportunity opens the doors to their future.

Chambers & Economic Development & Capital Campaigns... Oh, My!

The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) has been working hard to educate its membership about the increasingly important role chambers play in economic development. Funding these initiatives remains a key challenge. In this paper, we will take a closer look at the results of ACCE's 2017 Capital Campaigns Quick Poll, specifically those trends directly related to chambers and economic development

Interested in learning more about how a capital campaign could benefit your organization and community? Fill out the form below to learn more!