• “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

Giving 2015: Put Fear Aside

The numbers are out, and they say: Full speed ahead.

The annual Giving USA report on 2014 contributions has just been released, and it’s clear – we’re back to pre-recession giving.

From a 5.7% increase in individual giving, to a whopping 15.5% increase in bequest donations (powered in part by the $1 billion estate of former Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson), the climate for fundraising – from individuals, foundations, and corporations – is strong.

And while the largest increase was in giving to educational institutions (due to several mega-gifts), donations to other types of nonprofits rose as well, as a result of more run-of-the-mill contributions.

What does this mean for those of us tilling the field on a daily basis?

That the money is out there – as long as we find our natural donor constituency.