• “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

Getting to Two: Securing the Second Donation

There are a million reasons why someone gives a first gift.

Their golf partner asked. Their kid came home from afterschool with a reply form. An issue was discussed in the news. They passed a table at a street fair and a cheerful-yet-persistent organizer captured their attention.

There could be many reasons that don’t, quite frankly, have a lot to do with the specific nonprofit receiving that donation.

How do you capture a first-time-donor’s interest, so they progress from dipping their toes in the water to becoming a full-fledged fan?

The journey between the first and second contribution is a key fundraising moment.