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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“As the smaller chamber operating in the shadow of a larger, very aggressive one nearby, the North Myrtle Beach Chamber committed to take its game to the next level.  You and the NCDS team not only drove the creation of a bold new multi-year strategy, you generated buy in and a huge boost in revenue.  A great side benefit of launching and funding a new initiative was NCDS’ identification and engagement of a cadre of new leaders who had never really participated, much less invested at significant levels.  Your methodology works, and your experience in hundreds of other communities paid off for us in a major way.  So much so, we plan to kick off the next multi-year campaign this year.   In my book, NCDS remains the ‘gold standard’ for community development fundraising.”

Marc Jordan, CCE, President & CEO • North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau

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