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NCA Foundation

Supporting the future of clubs.

About the NCA Foundation

Since 1993, the NCA Foundation has served as the National Club Association’s charitable arm, funding programs to provide insight and analysis of the forces likely to shape the future club experience.

As the world combats COVID-19, the NCA Foundation is supporting the private club industry by sponsoring vital information for all private clubs on NCA’s Coronavirus Resource Center and by supporting free, educational webinars in the Coronavirus Town Hall Series. Please consider making a contribution to support our commitment to providing the best resources and information to clubs during this crisis.

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The NCA Foundation seeks to prepare clubs and the club industry for the future by assessing significant developments in the world around them and providing effective solutions to help clubs and their leaders respond.

NCA Foundation Goals

The NCA Foundation works to:

  • Analyze key trends that could shape clubs’ future success and anticipate member needs and expectations so club leaders can respond effectively
  • Support research and educational needs of the private club community
  • Develop and disseminate ideas for innovative programming to deliver value and create an overall sense of community within clubs
  • Provide best practice examples to enhance management skills and ensure sound governance
  • Anticipate threats to the private club experience, whether from government intervention, legal threats or economic challenges, and determine the impact of those threats on the future success of clubs

Research Projects

NCAF funds have been used to develop or support the following research projects:

Coronavirus Town Hall Series to support the entire club industry during the COVID-19 pandemic through regular expert webinars that address the crisis’ most pressing issues.

Online “Trends Tracker” tool for sharing trends content on an ongoing basis, through NCA’s member website, and to search trends topics such as food & beverage, demographics, lifestyle, recreation and other categories for recent news articles, industry reports and research studies.

Board Toolkit: Ways to Build a Better Board to help clubs enhance their board effectiveness.

Navigating the Future: The Outlook for Private Clubs, an outcome of the trends study done in 2013. With Foundation support, copies of the Executive Highlights were disseminated to all NCA members.

Supported the launch of the new Board Leadership Institute, designed to develop highly effective boards that are well prepared for their future.

Launched a new multi-phase trends research study designed to provide clubs with a long-term outlook and guidance on how to respond to upcoming changes.

NCA’s Webinar Series, designed to bring high-quality educational sessions led by top industry experts to club leaders across the country.

The Impact of Technology for Private Clubs, a joint study with the Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals that assesses technology trends affecting clubs.

Club Governance Guidelines: A Path to Organizational Excellence addressing governance oversight responsibilities for club leaders.

2009 Private Club Operations Report, providing must-have benchmarking data for all aspects of club operations

National Golf Foundation’s study, The Future of Private Golf Clubs in America – A Strategic Perspectiveto all golf clubs in the United States.

Private Club Facility Access Issues to provide solutions for clubs and address special concerns regarding facilities accessibility.

Future Trends & Issues: A Private Club Perspective, the Foundation’s first comprehensive publication on trends research and analysis.

About NCA

The National Club Association promotes and advances the interests and well-being of all private, social and recreational clubs through advocacy, insightful education and governance best practices.