Center for Developmental Services

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aka CDS   |   Greenville, SC   |

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Center for Developmental Services

EIN: 57-0988275


The Center for Developmental Services (CDS) is a special place in Greenville, SC where families can find multiple community services under one roof for individuals with developmental challenges. Our mission is to make caring for children with delays and disabilities easier and more effective by linking medical and support services in a single location.

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Ruling year info


Executive Director

Dana McConnell

Main address

29 North Academy Street

Greenville, SC 29601 USA

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Subject area info

Health care access

Physical therapy

Speech and hearing rehabilitation



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Population served info

Children and youth


Economically disadvantaged people

People with disabilities

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

CDS' goal is simple - to make caring for children with special needs easier and more effective. When a child receives a new diagnosis, parents don't know what questions to ask, where to go for services, or what services they may need outside of medical treatment. When some of these services are finally identified, they are often in different locations that require parents to spend more time running around to various appointments than should be necessary. The Center for Developmental Services gathers independent care providers under a single roof and helps direct our clients to the services they need in one family-friendly location. Our staff members are trained to help streamline the information gathering, scheduling, and referral process so that families' stress is kept to a minimum. We also have bilingual staff on hand to break down the language barrier that may cause additional stress for the family. We are unique in addressing this need in our community.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Multi-Discipline Services

The Center for Developmental Services oversees the collaboration of multiple provider services in one location to benefit children and individuals with special needs. At CDS, children with developmental delays and their families receive medical services (evaluation, diagnosis, psychology, audiology, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, prosthetics, and orthotics), early intervention, ABA therapy, parent training, medically-complex day care, and family support.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
People with disabilities

Our intake coordinators work with school and medical providers to collect vital records that help determine eligibility with the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN). If determined eligible for DDSN services, we provide case management to individuals which includes a needs assessment, care planning, plan implementation, referral and linkage to needed services, as well as monitoring and follow up to ensure the individual's goals are being met.

Population(s) Served
People with intellectual disabilities
People with other disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Combined Federal Campaign 2023

SC Human Services Providers Association 2023

Together SC 2023

Greenville Chamber of Commerce 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children screened for autism and other developmental delays

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities, Children and youth

Related Program

Multi-Discipline Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients referred to other services as part of their support strategy

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Multi-Discipline Services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of youth with special health care needs receiving pediatric-to-adult health care transition planning

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with intellectual disabilities, People with other disabilities, Children and youth

Related Program

Service Coordination

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

1. Continuously evaluate and use data and feedback to improve systems, processes, and services.

2. Incorporate economies of scale and technological advances to optimize efficiency and growth.

3. Leverage relationships and communication efforts to drive awareness, advocacy, and financial sustainability.

4. Recruit and retain top talent through competitive wages and a supportive team culture.

A. Ensure maintenance of equipment and facility support continued Joint Commission accreditation for overall quality of environment.

B. With staff, partners, and external stakeholders, evaluate the effectiveness of services offered to families and work to eliminate barriers to care.

C. Explore new opportunities for funding that align with our mission to ensure future sustainability of organization.

The CDS Staff and Board of Directors have made it a priority in the budgeting process to identify and allocate funding to support our strategic plan objectives. Capabilities are high, and accountability is strong.

ABA therapy added to services in 2023 with the addition of Project Hope Foundation as a partner in our building.

Our case management program received a score of 95% (one of the highest in the state) from a quality audit in 2023.

CDS was highlighted in a January 2023 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine for being a successful example of how to best serve individuals with intellectual disabilities.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Center for Developmental Services
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2023 CDS Audit 2023 2022 CDS Audit 2022 2021 CDS Audit 2021 2020 CDS Audit 2020 2019 CDS Audit 2019 2018 CDS Audit 2018
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.54 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 25% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Center for Developmental Services

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Center for Developmental Services

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Center for Developmental Services’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $57,498 $119,635 $331,245 $200,735 $502,165
As % of expenses 2.6% 5.3% 15.9% 10.3% 22.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$270,010 -$209,044 $212,190 $90,895 $392,442
As % of expenses -10.6% -8.1% 9.6% 4.4% 16.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,334,590 $2,490,486 $2,409,229 $2,187,540 $2,715,490
Total revenue, % change over prior year 94.0% 6.7% -3.3% -9.2% 24.1%
Program services revenue 67.8% 58.8% 53.6% 56.7% 64.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 1.0% 0.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 13.3% 0.0% 9.1%
All other grants and contributions 18.4% 26.0% 17.1% 24.0% 27.3%
Other revenue 13.8% 15.3% 16.1% 18.2% -1.2%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,228,109 $2,239,957 $2,082,151 $1,950,425 $2,227,539
Total expenses, % change over prior year 126.8% 0.5% -7.0% -6.3% 14.2%
Personnel 69.9% 70.9% 72.7% 73.4% 69.9%
Professional fees 1.6% 1.9% 1.7% 2.0% 2.1%
Occupancy 1.4% 1.0% 1.6% 1.7% 5.7%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 27.1% 26.2% 23.9% 22.9% 22.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,555,617 $2,568,636 $2,201,206 $2,060,265 $2,337,262
One month of savings $185,676 $186,663 $173,513 $162,535 $185,628
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $2,741,293 $2,755,299 $2,374,719 $2,222,800 $2,522,890

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.5 1.5 3.0 3.8 6.2
Months of cash and investments 1.5 1.5 3.0 3.8 8.2
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.6 0.9 2.6 3.5 5.4
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $276,125 $288,243 $528,892 $610,370 $1,143,873
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $371,585
Receivables $190,170 $147,079 $173,586 $158,320 $139,944
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $5,879,572 $5,930,860 $5,974,361 $6,058,467 $6,136,871
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 81.9% 86.8% 88.1% 88.7% 89.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 15.3% 11.4% 9.4% 8.7% 17.4%
Unrestricted net assets $1,166,041 $956,997 $1,169,187 $1,260,082 $1,652,524
Temporarily restricted net assets $140,704 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $140,704 $271,598 $269,478 $305,858 $270,986
Total net assets $1,306,745 $1,228,595 $1,438,665 $1,565,940 $1,923,510

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Dana McConnell

Dana is a Certified Public Accountant who worked for a large international accounting firm before relocating to South Carolina. Once in SC, she began a 20-year career in the corporate environment that managed accounting, payroll, HR, systems integration, and mergers/acquisitions. In 2013, she took an opportunity to utilize her skills in the non-profit sector as Director of Finance and Operations with the Center for Developmental Services (CDS). In July 2014, she was promoted to Executive Director and oversees all aspects of the organization. Dana earned her accounting degree from Texas Tech University and has several leadership roles in the community.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Center for Developmental Services

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Center for Developmental Services

Board of directors
as of 05/14/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ryan Tiller

Cameron Ashley Building Products

Term: 2024 - 2025

Barbara Knight

First Presbyterian Church of Greenville

Ryan Tiller

Cameron Ashley Building Products

Sarah West

REV Group

Gerardo Cisneros

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Debbie Dujardin

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Mary Alice Hughes

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Thomas Kuckhoff

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Jason Misrahi

Stitch Street

Johanna Perez

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Dominic Picciuto

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Anthony "Tony" Toklo


Mike Coggin

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Jeremey Poindexter

Poindexter Law Firm

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/14/2024

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/18/2024

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.