The Mission...

The Community Development Society furthers community work through teaching, practice, and research. CDS provides those who do community work with best practices, networking opportunities, tools, and other resources.

Endowment Fund

The Community Development Society Endowment was established in 2002, in recognition of the need for the CDS to build a stronger financial base to carry out its mission in advancing the field of community development. Your donations to the CDS Endowment will enable CDS to allocate more financial resources in support of scholarships, plenary speakers at the Annual Conference, community development resource materials, and other mission-related initiatives.

Click here for additional information on how to support the CDS Endowment

Contributions may be made on-line here.       

Contributions may be mailed to:                                      
Community Development Society                                                           
17 South High Street
Suite 200
Columbus, OH  43215

Please send your contribution to the above address with the following pledge sheet.

CDS ENDOWMENT “ROOTS & WINGS” CAMPAIGN

A Gift For Growth  

The Society has a bold vision for reaching out to students and minorities. CDS leaders want to expand the journal and research base through electronic and other means. Our board wants to attract the “best and brightest” to our conferences and other gatherings. These are the kinds of activities the CDS Endowment was established to support.

In 2010 the Endowment reached $120,000, triggering the distribution of funds for scholarships to the CDS annual conference and for conference programs.  Working together, we have begun to bring this vision to reality!  We extend our heartfelt thanks to all those who have given.

Each one of us who has simply said, “Yes, I will do my little part to support this,” is now an integral piece of a new, lasting benefit for our members!  This is how we co-create our future together as CDS members!

Won’t you join with us in this effort? Please consider donating at least $100 over the next year to the Community Development Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. It is an investment of less than nine dollars per month over a year (or 37 cents per day).  If you live in the United States, your contribution is tax-deductible.   If you belong to a CDS chapter, we ask that you help us reach out to them as well, by encouraging a chapter donation to the Endowment.

As community developers, we have benefited immensely from the initiatives of the Community Development Society; hear what Endowment Campaign Leaders are saying about it.  Listed below are just three of the ways:

     - For the past forty years, the Society has affirmed the principles of good practice: citizen involvement in decision-making, capacity building, and a belief that community is the basic building block of society.  These principles have influenced the field profoundly and have made our difficult work easier;

     - The Society creates venues for new knowledge about community development through its publications, webinars and conferences.  This research and professional development base makes our field more vibrant and responsive to community.  This influence reaches beyond our members to people who may know nothing about the Society;

     - Networking is essential for any community development professional in economic development, health, adult education, and similar circles.  The Society initiates communication links across multidisciplinary, national, and international lines for us to better support each other. In essence, our individual successes are rooted in the continuing groundwork laid by the Community Development Society.  The Society is counting on your gift to expand its outreach and impact. 

Our goal is to have 100 percent of our members give something. Please join your fellow CDS members in making a donation today. Click here for more information on how to donate

Click here for a list of scholarship recipients who have been awarded by the CDS Endowment.

For more information, contact Lori Landry at the CDS business office by phone: 614.221.1900, or by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.