Our Mission

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The Community Development Society (CDS) is a nonprofit corporation established in 1969 to strengthen and advance community development policy, practice, learning, and research through educational and scientific means, including:

  • Providing a forum for the exchange of ideas among community developers;
  • Advocating for and awarding excellence in advancing the common good through community development policy and practice and scholarship and research;
  • Providing platforms for the dissemination of professional and scholarly works; and
  • Providing opportunities for dialogue and deliberation among CDS Members.
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