CD Current Issues Book Series

In partnership with Routledge/Taylor & Francis, the Community Development Society is pleased to support the Community Development Current Issues book series. The series is designed for edited volumes organized around special topics or themes, promoting exploration of timely and relevant issues impacting both community development practice and research. Building on a rich history of more than 50 years of publishing Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, the Current Issues book series also includes reprints of special issues and collections from the Journal.

Please see the publisher's website for information on the list of available titles, ordering books, and submitting book proposals to the Editors.

 

CD Research and Practice Book Series

In partnership with Routledge/Taylor & Francis, the Community Development Society is pleased to support the Community Development Research & Practice book series. Building on a history of more than 50 years publishing Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society, the book series seeks to contribute to the field's growing and rapidly changing knowledge base as a resource for practitioners and researchers alike.

The Community Development Research and Practice book series serves community developers, planners public administrators, and others involved in the practice and policy making realm of community development. The books provide timely, useful and applied information for researchers, students, and practitioners.

Please see the publisher's website for information on the list of available titles, ordering books, and submitting book proposals to the Editors.

 

 

Principles of Good Practice

In place of organizational values, CDS has established and follows the field of community development’s Principles of Good Practice:

  • Promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect their lives.
  • Engage community members in learning about and understanding community issues, and the economic, social, environmental, political, psychological, and other impacts associated with alternative courses of action.
  • Incorporate the diverse interests and cultures of the community in the community development process; and disengage from support of any effort that is likely to adversely affect the disadvantaged members of a community.
  • Work actively to enhance the leadership capacity of community members, leaders, and groups within the community.
  • Be open to using the full range of action strategies to work toward the long-term sustainability and well-being of the community.

An ad hoc committee was formed in 2021 to begin revisions to these principles in light of social, economic, and environmental changes to the community development context. Please contact the CDS Board Secretary for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Endowment Roots and Wings Campaign

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.

Publications

To advocate excellence in advancing the common good through community development policy and practice and scholarship and research and to provide platforms for the dissemination of professional and scholarly works, CDS supports a variety of formal and informal publications.

For information and archives, please see associated pages:

Journals

Community Development: Journal of the Community Development Society

Local Development & Society

Practitioner Publications

Community Development Practice

Book Series

Community Development Research & Practice

Community Development Current Issues

CDS Newsletter

Vanguard

 

What We Do

CDS provides leadership to policymakers, practitioners, and scholars across the spectrum of community development. Members have multiple opportunities to learn what’s new in the profession, to exchange ideas, to obtain the most current research and reference information available, and to share professional expertise. CDS programs include:

  • An annual conference and periodic professional development webinars
  • Academic journals: Community Development and Local Development & Society
  • Professional networking opportunities among members
  • Opportunities for dialogue and deliberation on shared interests

About CDS

Mission

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.

View of the Field

CDS views community development as a profession that integrates and applies knowledge from many academic disciplines. CDS sees community development theory, research, teaching, and practice as important and interdependent contributions to both public and private sectors. 

Principles of Good Practice

In place of organizational values, CDS has established and follows the field of community development’s Principles of Good Practice:

  1. Promote active and representative participation toward enabling all community members to meaningfully influence the decisions that affect their lives.
  2. Engage community members in learning about and understanding community issues, and the economic, social, environmental, political, psychological, and other impacts associated with alternative courses of action.
  3. Incorporate the diverse interests and cultures of the community in the community development process; and disengage from support of any effort that is likely to adversely affect the disadvantaged members of a community.
  4. Work actively to enhance the leadership capacity of community members, leaders, and groups within the community.
  5. Be open to using the full range of action strategies to work toward the long-term sustainability and well being of the community.

An ad hoc committee was formed in 2021 to begin revisions to these principles in light of social, economic, and environmental changes to the community development context. Please contact the CDS Board Secretary for more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What We Do

CDS provides leadership to policymakers, practitioners, and scholars across the spectrum of community development. Members have multiple opportunities to learn what’s new in the profession, to exchange ideas, to obtain the most current research and reference information available, and to share professional expertise. CDS programs include:

  • An annual conference and periodic professional development webinars
  • Academic journals: Community Development and Local Development & Society
  • Professional networking opportunities among members
  • Opportunities for dialogue and deliberation on shared interests

Membership Composition

The CDS membership is a broad and diverse network of researchers, practitioners, and policymakers who share an interest in building and developing communities—socially, economically, and environmentally.

CDS Members represent a wide array of specializations: education, health care, social services, government, utilities, economic development, citizen groups, and more. Over eighty percent of CDS Members are located in the United States, with the remaining Members coming from nearly 32 different countries around the world.

Corporate Documents

As a nonprofit corporation, CDS is guided by its originating Constitution, its current Articles of Incorporation, and its Bylaws. Feel free to review these guiding documents.