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Nonprofit governance isn’t easy, because it wasn’t designed to be. But with curiosity, and the right guidance, all Boards will be positioned to fuel their organizations towards meaningful social impact.

As we honor Black History Month at Cause Effective, our focus turns to the powerful legacy of sheroes like Phillis Wheatley, whose resilience and intellect challenge and inspire us to this day.

Cause Effective has introduced the Thrivability model to enhance our program and consulting services that we provide to nonprofit professionals and boards. The Thrivability framework is a nonprofit management practice that operates through five pillars to help organizations center diversity, equity and inclusion, and organizational collaboration as they work to raise awareness, engagement, and funding to achieve their missions.

Sonya Shields stepped into the role of Executive Director and President of Cause Effective in July. In this interview, she reflects on her journey to this role and the future of the organization and the nonprofit sector.

National Hispanic Heritage Month underscores the importance of representation and recognition. It acknowledges the enduring contributions of Hispanic and Latino individuals across various domains, including the arts, sciences, politics, and community leadership. Beyond the colorful parades and joyful events, this month serves as a catalyst for social justice and philanthropy. By acknowledging the past, addressing disparities, and uplifting the voices of Hispanics and Latinos, this celebration fosters a more equitable society for all.

At Cause Effective, we believe that the nonprofit sector must look at philanthropy through a wider lens. Philanthropy is not the purview of the wealthy; it’s for all of us. People from all walks of life engage in it and benefit from it every day, whether directly or indirectly, and they always have. During this Black Philanthropy Month and always, it is important to remember Madam C. J. Walker’s legacy and make a commitment to adapting her paradigm of giving for the future.

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Current Newsletters

March 2019: Is Your Fundraising Recession-Proof?

Fundraising through a crisis is never fun, but it can be done. Cause Effective saw many clients continue to succeed in fundraising during the Great Recession, but they had laid the groundwork for continued support years before. Read more.

January 2019: Human vs. Machine: The Value of In-Person Training

Has an executive director's job become easier as a result of all the online information on nonprofit management right at their fingertips? Maybe yes, maybe no. Executive directors need information, but also thought partnership, empathy and peer support to find the best solutions to their organization's most entrenched challenges.  Read more.

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“Cause Effective helped us change our board’s leadership and culture – and has continued as a valued resource to this day.”

– Naomi Goldberg Haas, Artistic Director, Dances for a Variable Population