• “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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From The Cause Effective Blog

For Love

After two decades of operating as a (marginally) ‘for-profit’ corporation, McSweeney’s, the independent publishing firm, has moved over to the righteous side.

As announced in a tiny squib in last week's New York Times, McSweeney’s is officially changing its status to what it’s unofficially been for years: a nonprofit whose “mission [is] to put out quirky, whimsical, commercially risky material without bending to the crass pressures of the marketplace.”

By re-forming as a not-for-profit, McSweeney’s is affirming what those of us in the not-for-profit sector have long known: It’s not about the money.