• “Our board is much more attuned to its role as fundraisers and ambassadors.

    — Center for Family Representation

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  • Cause Effective inspired people to realize the potential of fundraising and relationship-building.

    — Community Voices Heard

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  • We realized that we have a lot more access to resources and wealth than we imagined.

    — Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

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  • Board members are turning out more and bringing people to events – we raised the bar on board fundraising.

    — Union Settlement Association

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How Can Cause Effective Help You?

We have helped thousands of nonprofits raise money, activate their boards, and get the greatest value from special events and anniversaries.  

Our primary services include:


Raise more money and develop the capability to do so years into the future.


Board Development

Build boards that are true leaders in all areas of board responsibility.


Special Events/Anniversaries

Design events that bring new resources and excitement to the organization.


From The Cause Effective Blog

Think Deep

77 Nonprofit Excellence Awards Applicants were winnowed down to 10 semi-finalists, announced last week.

Sitting on that panel, it’s apparent what differentiates those who made the cut from those who almost did.

Innovation, best practices, above-and-beyond...the difference is the thoughtfulness and thoroughness with which these groups approach the eight highlighted areas of management excellence.

Rote is out.  Habitual doesn't cut it.  By the book and following the letter of the law are all well and good, but thinking deeper about the nature of staff development, the board’s beyond-lip-service commitment, the interweaving of technology and program delivery – those are the examples that make an application stand out from the crowd.