• “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?

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Raise more money and develop the capability to do so years into the future.


Board Development

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Special Events/Anniversaries

Design events that bring new resources and excitement to the organization.


From The Cause Effective Blog

Follow the Leader(s)

A team is only as good as its leader.

A common saying, along with thousands of other leadership quotes.

So let’s unpack what this means for a nonprofit board of directors.

What’s the relationship of a nonprofit board chair and their team?

And how come, when a leader wants to step down, there never seems to be anyone ready, willing – and able – to take their place?

And is there anything we can do – short of “firing” a weak leader (which can throw even a well-run nonprofit into chaos) – to improve the board’s development of strong voluntary leaders?

Of course, the answer is yes.