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J. Steven Dorough
First Community Development is under the management of founder and chief executive officer J. Steven Dorough. Dorough has been associated with fundraising for the past 26 years, either on the client side or as a provider. During his career, Steve has directed campaigns throughout the South, raising a total of more than $50 million for vital community programs.
Dorough began his fundraising career in 1968 while serving as an executive with the Birmingham, Alabama, Chamber of Commerce. In 1989, he became a professional fundraising counselor and subsequently formed First Community Development in 1994.
Combining years of experience in corporate fundraising with his expertise in campaign design and strategy Dorough has established a record of success at FCD unequaled in the fundraising industry. Conducting successful campaigns for Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Councils, Downtown Revitalization Organizations, Technical Colleges, Education Foundations, and Performing Arts and Cultural Organization, Dorough continues to take a personal involvement in every campaign FCD undertakes.
Innovator, strategist and counselor, Steve Dorough is at the forefront of corporate driven fundraising throughout the southeast United States
Dorough is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. He resides with his family in suburban northeast Atlanta.