• “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

Event Upgrades: Learning from Anna

A recent NY Times article about the Met Costume Gala focused on the centrality of event chair Anna Wintour’s role in redefining the gala.

Over the past 15 years, Ms. Wintour has taken the gala from an event catering primarily to inner-circle donors to an international “must-attend” for the who’s who of fashion and entertainment – that netted almost $12 million (the entire operating budget of the Costume Institute) last year.

While few of us are operating on this plane, many nonprofits express a yearning to take their benefits “to the next level.”

We have a lot to learn from Anna.