Our Founder

David Phillips
President and CEO
David G. Phillips, Founder of CDS Funds, Fundraising Firmdgp@cdsfunds.com
David Phillips has over 30 years of fundraising experience.  He founded Custom Development Solutions, Inc. (CDS) in 1996.  He and the firm’s campaign consultants have provided counsel to hundreds of non-profit organizations and led hundreds of successful campaigns that have raised more than 2.5 billion dollars.  His area of expertise is major gifts fundraising and the planning, implementation and management of capital campaigns.
Professional Experience:
Custom Development Solutions, Inc. (CDS), Charleston, SC
President and CEO
Founded full-service fundraising consulting firm with the specialty of planning and directing capital campaigns

Spoleto Festival, U.S.A., Charleston, SC
Chief Development Officer
Responsible for all fundraising activity in support of a major arts festival

International fundraising consulting firm, New York, NY
Executive Director
Directed and supervised capital campaigns for some of the firm’s most notable clients, including Rotary International, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and American Baptist Churches

Affiliations:
Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Lowcountry SC Chapter
Volunteer Board Member, America’s Charities
Volunteer Board Member, Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts

Education:
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
Bachelor of Science, Accounting, 1984