• “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.

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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

The Neuroscience of Giving

Why do we self-sacrifice to help others in distress?

The social science term for this is “costly altruism” – doing something for another that comes at a cost to ourselves.

(Like, spending our money to help someone else’s child, not our own.)

At a panel on the Psychology Of Philanthropy at NYU’s Heyman Center last week, cognitive neuroscientist Oriel Feldmanhall weighed in on the importance of the “warm glow” of giving – and how the emotional satisfaction engendered by doing good for others feeds on itself, to produce more and more altruistic behavior.

In other words, getting someone to do good for others – even a small act – can make them feel so pleasant they’ll do more.