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Contact:  Dana McConnell, Executive Director
(864) 331-1307

For Immediate Release

Center for Developmental Services
Completes Grant Project from Greenville Women Giving

(January 5, 2016):  The Center for Developmental Services (CDS) is excited to announce their completion of a large HVAC replacement project made possible by Greenville Women Giving (GWG), a philanthropic organization founded on the idea that women – when informed about philanthropy and needs in their community – can collectively make a real difference.

Last May, CDS received $65,272 to purchase several new 8.5 ton HVAC units to replace older ones that had surpassed their useful life and were in need of repair.  According to Dana McConnell, CDS Executive Director, “We are so grateful to GWG for supporting this critical project.  It’s such a relief to not have to worry about another band-aid solution for our heat this winter.”  CDS serves medically fragile and developmentally delayed children who are dependent on a safe, therapeutic environment.

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, school placement, day care needs for the medically fragile, and a family support network.  The partnership is comprised of Clarity; Family Connection of SC; the Preschool Special Education Program of Greenville County Schools; KidVentures of the Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board;, and four programs of the Greenville Health System: Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Kidnetics, The Wonder Center, and Equipped for Life. CDS and its partners serve over 6,000 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

About Greenville Women Giving
Greenville Women Giving (GWG) granted $541,218 to eight non-profit organizations at its ninth Annual Meeting on May 6, 2015.  In total, GWG has awarded over $3.6 million to Greenville County non-profits.  Membership is open to any woman who commits to donating $1,000 per year for 3 years to the collective fund.  To learn more about GWG, visit: