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Neighborhood revitalization in Birmingham, Alabama at its finest.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Revitalizing a neighborhood provides more than fresh paint and lifted spirits. It creates new jobs, better education for children and safer streets for everyone.

The Woodlawn Foundation has raised 7 million for the Birmingham area to build a “Purpose Built Community” to renovate schools, provide housing and raise families out of poverty. The nonprofit also created the Woodlawn Innovation Network to work with the high schools to guarantee children graduate. See

This renewed community used services from National Community Development Services (NCDS) to create the fundraising campaign that supports this valuable set of programs. Learn more at

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“Birmingham Landmarks, Inc. certainly made the right decision in selecting NCDS to raise the $7 million needed to fully restore our sadly dilapidated and abandoned former vaudeville theatre in downtown Birmingham.  Your firm provided the wisdom and experience to position the project as worthy of support, then structured a winning campaign that was creative, energizing, and relentless in pursuit of the goal.  We were especially appreciative of your flexibility relative to our early cash flow issues, and even more so in the selection of the assigned NCDS Project Executive.  Because of the success and momentum of your phase of this exceptional campaign, the Lyric staff was able to continue seeking commitments utilizing tax credits, and the total raised now exceeds $11.8 million.  Thanks to NCDS, Birmingham can boast of having one of the most spectacularly restored performing arts theaters in America.”

Brant Beene, Executive Director • Birmingham Landmarks, Inc.

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