Our History

Founded in 1977 by Howard Benson, NCDS is the leading, most experienced provider of fundraising campaigns for chambers of commerce, economic and community development organizations across the United States.  NCDS pioneered the multi-year strategic initiative funding model, which has become the preferred approach for public-private economic development programming. 

ground breakingOur project management teams relieve staff and volunteers from the most time demanding and unpleasant fundraising tasks, and our in-house Economic Strategy Center produces compelling Return-on-Investment data and analysis for all NCDS campaigns.  Our MaxFund® methodology significantly shortens the typical campaign timeline, and is preferred by volunteers and staff for its strategic (but limited) use of their time and effort.

NCDS’ approach and effectiveness in its core market has stimulated demand from business and community leaders to manage campaigns for other non-profits in their communities.  As a result, many NCDS campaigns fund projects and programs for arts & culture, education, youth development, social services, and community improvement.  The majority of NCDS’ engagements are for local or regional organizations (or local affiliates of national organizations) and our campaigns assemble local leaders in securing support from corporate, individual, foundation, and public sources within the community/region.





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“NCDS has been our fundraising firm of choice since they first helped us devise the Forward Sioux Falls operating model in 1987, and raised $1.8 million to implement it.  Not only is the firm exceptionally skilled at raising money, they also understand the importance of generating buy-in and sustained commitment.  NCDS has helped us exceed goal in seven campaigns, the latest of which has a $15.5 million target, and when the current campaign is completed, NCDS will have helped us raise $53 million to fund our initiatives.  Our top community leaders expect the best from our organization, and the exceptional team at NCDS always works hard to help us exceed those expectations.” 

Evan Nolte, President & CEO • Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

National Community Development Services, Inc.
6300 Powers Ferry Road, Suite 600-165
Atlanta, GA  30339
Phone: (404) 231-0730