The Center for Developmental Services (CDS) has been named an “Angel” by the South Carolina Secretary of State in 2021. The Angel designation is given to selected charities that were vetted by the Secretary of State’s office and found to exemplify charitable giving in South Carolina.
To be selected as an Angel, a charity must have devoted 80 percent or more of its total expenditures to charitable programs; must have been in existence for three or more years; must make good use of volunteer services; must receive minimal funding from grants; must have a significant presence in South Carolina; and the charity must be in compliance with the South Carolina Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act.
“Every year I look forward to recognizing several charities as ‘Angels,’ not only to commend them for their service to the state, but also to raise public awareness about wise charitable giving,” said Secretary Mark Hammond. The Center for Developmental Services devotes 91.5% of it’s total expenditures to programing.
“This is a tremendous honor for CDS,” said Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director. “With this award, the community now has even more reasons to feel confident in supporting the work we do for children with developmental delays and disabilities.”
CDS is the largest multi-disciplinary treatment facility in the Upstate for children with disabilities and developmental delays. In one location, children receive services in therapy, diagnosis, psychology, legal help, day care needs for the medically fragile, early intervention, case management, and a family support network. The partnership is comprised of Clarity; Medical-Legal Partnership; KidVentures of Thrive Upstate; and four programs of Prisma Health – Upstate: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Kidnetics, The Wonder Center, and Prosthetics and Orthotics. CDS and its partners serve over 8,300 children and their families each year on property donated by the First Presbyterian Church at 29 North Academy Street in Greenville. For more information about CDS or its partners, visit www.cdservices.org.