• “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

Redefining Responsibility

Whose responsibility is it, for collective well-being?

How someone answers that primary question of philanthropy is often deeply tied to social, political and personal values.  Less about money, more about cultural traditions.

In Sunday’s New York Times, an article exploring the growing Hispanic-American philanthropic presence observed that “Historically, Latin America has leaned on the state and the church for charity.”  Having a private charity take on what was essentially considered a government function, was seen as a sign of distrust of the government, a statement of disloyalty.

Making the need for donor education – especially for those hailing from cultures without a strong nonprofit tradition – critically important.