• “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

Recharge and Refresh

Last Friday I was at The Breakfast Club – a Cause Effective/Foundation Center-sponsored regular gathering of development directors.

We were playing “Refresh and Recharge” Bingo. Our instructions: to walk around the room finding someone who’d done each square’s activity at least once. “Takes a Stretch Break.” “Has a Mentor.” “Uses All Allotted Vacation Days.”

The hardest one to find, within the room of 50+ dedicated, never-enough-hours-in-the-day development directors?

“Turns Off Email.”