• “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

Fundraising from a Burning Platform

There’s a phrase in management – the burning platform – that refers to a situation in which people are forced to act, because the alternative is worse. A crisis moment: we can’t stay where we are because the ship is burning up underneath our feet, so we have to jump (the actual impetus for the original metaphor).

The choices faced on a burning platform are powerful – an organization can’t maintain the status quo, so business as usual is not an option. What results is “immediate and radical change due to dire circumstances,” according to change management theory.

In nonprofits, this radical behavior change often includes fundraising.