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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"On behalf of the officers and directors of the Economic Development Alliance, I want to thank you and your staff for the great job NCDS did in helping restructure the Alliance, and for successful management of the fundraising campaign that fully funded our five-year action plan. The NCDS process and format delivered exactly what you said it would do when you met with Alliance members over eighteen months ago. The NCDS process engaged top regional private and public sector leaders and attracted financial support from large and small companies and communities throughout the region."

Brian Ferguson, Chairman & CEO (Retired) • Eastman Chemical Company

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