CDS reaches 1,81,000 clients and beneficiaries. As at 31st March 2011
CDS has crossed an important
stage reaching 1,81,000 poor
and below poverty line clients,
working all alone with limited
funds and staff
Community Development Society (CDS), a Charitable, Non-Profit Voluntary Organization (NGO), was started by the initiative of three persons who were active in holistic development of poor and needy people in Amravati District of Maharashtra. It was registered under Bombay Public Trust Act in the year 1985 at Amravati.
It is owned and governed by 7 Trustees who are elected by the General Body. In the year 1989, CDS with the help of some friends from Australia, who were the Social Activists and Founder Members of Maranatha Trust, started Micro Enterprise Development Programme for poor and needy people to Micro Enterprise Development Programme for
poor and needy people to give Micro Credit to Small Entrepreneurs for starting or strengthening their small business for self-employment.

In the year 1988, the administrative office of CDS was shifted from Amravati to Nagpur in Central India. The Registered office of the TRUST remains at Amravati. The members of the Trust are elected once in every three years. The trustees of CDS work honorarily for the Trust. CDS is serving the poor through its eight branches at present, which are located at Nagpur, Amravati, Pune, Yavatmal, Wardha & in three villages i.e. Ridhapur, Samudrapur & Paratwada. CDS is a founder member of All India Association of Micro Enterprise Development, a National Network and Chartered Member of Opportunity International Network Council, U.S.A.
Name of the Institution : Community Development Society, Nagpur
Registration No, Date and Place of Registration :
CDS has been registered under Bombay Public Trust Act XXIX of 1950 on the 5th September 1985 – No. E-246 (Amt) at Amravati (Maharashtra State)
FCRA Registration No. / Date of Issue :
The Institution is Registered with Government of India, Home Ministry under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 No. 083740036. Date of issue is. 09. 12. 1985 .
Organizational Structure :
Year of Establishment : The institute was established in the year 1985.
Nature of Institute : The Institute was established solely for the purpose of Micro Enterprise Development for poor, Women’s Education and their social uplift.
Constitution of Trustees: The General Body of CDS is constituted by 15 members. 7 Trustees consisting of President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and three members are elected at Annual General Meeting for 3 years.
Number of Branches : The institute runs 9 branches in Maharashtra. These branches are located in Nagpur, Sitabuldi, Wardha, Amravati, Ridhapur, Paratwada, Yavatmal, Pune and Navi Mumbai.,