Matching gift challenge for the Center for Developmental Services

January 8, 2024

Dr. William “Bill” Schmidt, founder and Emeritus board member of the Center for Developmental Services (CDS), along with his wife, Jean, are challenging the community to support CDS. All gifts will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $15,000.

In the past 24 years, thousands of families in the Upstate have benefitted from the services CDS and its partners provide for children with developmental delays and disabilities. Dr. Schmidt’s vision almost 30 years ago was to create an organization that addresses the various needs of children with developmental challenges in one location. That vision is still going strong today and is meeting the needs of our growing community.

“We are thrilled that Dr. and Mrs. Schmidt have again challenged the community to match their gift,” said Executive Director Dana McConnell. “All matching funds will help sustain our operations so we can continue to serve families who need us.”

CDS invites the community to join the Schmidts with a gift or pledge from now through the end of February to support children in our community. For more information about CDS or to participate in this challenge, visit Gifts may also be mailed to CDS, 29 N. Academy Street, Greenville, SC 29601.


About CDS

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, audiology, day care needs for the medically fragile, early intervention, case management, and a family support network. The partnership is comprised of Clarity; Project Hope Foundation; 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 8,000 children and their families each year on property donated by the First Presbyterian Church at 29 North Academy Street in Greenville, SC. For more information about CDS and its partners, visit