Sustaining Honor Roll Membership is suggested for the district’s largest employers, economic anchors and most invested proponents of the Near Southside's revitalization. Each Sustaining Honor Roll member receives a NSI board position. This membership distinction is reserved for those contributing more than $5,000 per year and is payable by invoice only. Online payment is not allowed for this membership level.
Sustaining Partner Membership is suggested for large businesses and others that wish to be most actively involved in NSI initiatives and the Near Southside’s revitalization. Each Sustaining Partner member receives a NSI board position. Sustaining Partner membership is payable by invoice only. Online payment is not allowed for this membership level.
Diamond Membership is suggested for newly established large businesses or anchor institutions. There is one NSI Board position for every two Diamond members. Diamond membership is payable by invoice only. Online payment is not allowed for this membership level.
Platinum Membership is suggested for established and growing medium-size businesses. There is one NSI Board position for every four Platinum members. Platinum membership is payable by invoice only. Online payment is not allowed for this membership level.
Bronze Membership is suggested for newly established small businesses. There is one NSI Board position reserved for every twenty Bronze members. Bronze members also include individual donors, not representing a business, interested in supporting NSI initiatives and the district’s revitalization.
Near Southside, Inc. (NSI) is a private, member-funded, 501(c)4 non-profit redevelopment organization created in 1996 by a group of dedicated community leaders. For more than two decades members of NSI have continued to guide the district's revitalization through their participation. Your dues provide the critical financial support for the ongoing work of our organization. NSI initiates marketing and redevelopment programs to create a vibrant urban village where people live, work, and play within an inviting and diverse community in Fort Worth's Near Southside.
We thank you for your interest in membership. Our members are our most valuable resource in the ongoing exchange of information and ideas to build and sustain the Near Southside.
Membership dues will be renewed annually on the month in which you have registered. A renewal invoice will be sent 30 days prior to the month of your membership anniversary. This is not a tax-deductible donation, but may be a deductible business expense. W-9 forms will be provided at your request.
For questions regarding membership, please contact Megan Henderson at megan(at)nearsouthsidefw(dot)org.
More than 370 companies from across North Texas, ranging from our largest economic anchors and institutions to small entrepreneurial start-ups, are members of Near Southside, Inc. In addition to the important promotional and development work facilitated by Near Southside, Inc., members receive a wide range of benefits, including:
BOARD SERVICE offers members the chance to broaden their connections and build valuable relationships with fellow board members and other Near Southside’s supporters. Our Board of Directors shapes the policies and practices of the organization. Board members’ generous contributions over the years have been the driving force behind the remarkable change the Near Southside has seen since NSI’s creation in 1995.
COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP Members appointed to the Development Committee, Design Review Committee or Marketing Committee are offered leadership roles within the organization to guide the ongoing development and marketing practices of NSI. Committee members gain expertise on complex issues that are integral to the Near Southside revitalization and their investments in the district. Engage in the policy issues that impact your business and support the district's business and residental community.
ADVOCACY for the Near Southside its many stakeholders is a key benefit of membership. You can rely upon NSI to bring together government agencies, elected leaders, city planners, private business, nonprofits, neighborhood associations, residents and others to achieve positive outcomes for the ongoing revitalization of the district. Following the lead of our key redevelopment goals, NSI's role as an advocate offers members a district positioned for vibrancy and economic success. When development projects or member businesses are faced with complex issues, NSI is available to build concensus through a coordinated meeitngs and thoughtful discussion.
PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES to make informed business decisions through the assistance, connections, and information that only Near Southside, Inc. provides.
MARKETING AND PROMOTIONAL SUPPORT for members is of offered via our Near Southside Weekend Buzz, Development Newsletter, printed publications and social media outlets including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Members can share event-related news or promotions in our weekly email blasts that reaches over 6,000 residents and employees of the Near Southside. Members may share announcements of new businesses and news related to developments projects located in the district via a biannual Development Newsletter. Members are also afforded the opportunity to share events, promotions and specials on the Near Southside events calendar at nearsouthsidefw.org and promoted widely throughout the district.
SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNTIES for the Near Southside's signature events are reserved exclusively for NSI members. NSI produces 10 signature free-to-the-public events each year with attendance ranging from 1,000 to 35,000 at each event, making an annual total of approximately 60,000 attendees. ArtsGoggle, Open Streets, Friday on the Green and Chili on the Green have quickly become treasured community festivals with regional appeal growing each year. These events offer promotional opportunities with valuble exposure to the community and NSI's marketing platforms.
NETWORKING at NSI's monthly Member Breakfast and NSI Member Happy Hour events provides valuable face time with other members and the chance to receive neighborhood updates typically not yet public. The events rotate throughout the Near Southside district at different member businesses each month. Attending, hosting, or co-hosting for non-district businesses, is a benefit reserved exclusively for NSI members.
VISIBILITY through our Near Southside member's directory. Listings include a direct link to company website/social media, company logo, business description, photo, preferred member contact information, address, telephone number and email.
DISCOUNTED TICKETS are offered to members for events throughout the year. Our annual Near Southside Shindig is one of Fort Worth's largest networking events and draws a crowd of more than 700 of the Near Southside's most promiment stakeholders. The event features a keynote address, project announcements for the coming year, dinner and entertainment. Our Near Southside Seminar Series offers thoughtful presentations from development professionals addressing issues common to Near Southside revitalization and serves as a focus group for development stakeholders to discuss upcoming projects of their own.
Becoming a member is an investment in your business and an invesment in the Near Southside. We appreciate your consideration.