• “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

Development: The Person in the Middle

Development Directors are facilitators. Their work is done through the actions of others: executive directors, board members, funders, donors, volunteers, program staff.

For the most part, the visible components of the development process – sending a letter, having lunch with a prospective donor, approving a grant proposal, writing a check – are prepared for by the development director, but undertaken by those in more external-facing roles.

A development director’s job can be compared to the invisible hand moving the pieces around a chess board.