In 1977, a young Chamber of Commerce executive named Howard Benson saw a need to help communities raise big money for bold initiatives that couldn't be funded through membership dues, sponsorships, or other traditional sources. He founded NCDS, which has helped establish the multi-year strategic initiative and public-private partnerships as customary and preferred approaches for community and economic development organizations. Having raised over $1.7 billion in over 700 campaigns, we take special pride in the small part we've played in helping communities of all sizes create jobs, grow their economies, and enhance their quality of place. As we look forward to serving future clients, we remain true to our original motto of "Helping build great communities, one campaign at a time." For a few nuggets of wisdom from 40 years of fundraising, take a look at our latest Proview .