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CAUSE COMMUNICATIONS

Communications for Good

Los Angeles, CA   |  www.causecommunications.org

Mission

The mission of Cause Communications is to identify and spotlight opportunities where strategic communications and collaboration can be leveraged in the nonprofit sector to achieve significant, measurable results for real social change.

Ruling year info

2000

Founder

R. Christine Hershey

Main address

12304 Santa Monica Blvd. Suite 201

Los Angeles, CA 90025 USA

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EIN

95-4774537

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (S05)

Community Coalitions (S21)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (T01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Smart communications has the power to spark change, influence behavior, and strengthen impact. Yet research shows that communications is often the area where nonprofit organizations need help the most. In this environment of 24/7 news, we receive hundreds of requests annually from nonprofits wanting to improve their communications through our free tools and trainings. We are eager to respond. The effective use of strategic communications is one of the most important capabilities a nonprofit can have. Telling stories effectively, ensuring community voices are heard, and making the right asks of the right audiences are skills enhanced by effective communications. When it comes to making an impact, communications is a game-changer. The communications landscape has shifted radically. With the explosive growth of social media and greater access to technology, there are now far more channels organizations can use to communicate, which makes using communications effectively even more vital.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Cause Communications

Cause Communications drives social impact by leading, growing, and teaching best-in-class communications for changemakers worldwide. As the only nonprofit firm of its kind, we provide strategic communications consulting services, marketing campaigns, free tools, and hands-on training programs. Our work includes:

Strategy: Research, Message Development, Communications Plans, Strategic Plans, Coalition Building, Strategic Counsel, Capital Campaigns, Development Communications

Implementation: Branding & Naming Creative Services, Media Relations, Digital & Social Media, Events, Crisis Communications Campaigns, Thought Leadership

Tools and Trainings: Communications Toolkit, Individualized Coaching, Capacity Building Resources, Storytelling Workshops, Media Spokesperson, Digital Lessons

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Award of Excellence: Individual-Public Service & Non-Profit 2022

Communicator Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of sector award nominations earned by the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Cause Communications

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Communications, Graphic Design, and Marketing awards

Number of leadership positions held by organization staff in community initiatives

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Hours of consulting time accessed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Cause Communications

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of hours of training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Cause Communications

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Group trainings, organizational coaching, and workshops.

Number of publications identifying sector best practices

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Cause Communications

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

A stronger use of strategic communications leads to greater visibility, stronger fundraising, and greater impact on specific causes. In this way, our dedication to improving communications across the sector is synonymous with increasing the capacity of the sector to create positive change.

We believe that everyone within an organization needs to be equipped with communications skills, and we are committed to making the power of good communications accessible to all.

Our goal is to continually innovate so our trainings, tools, and resources are practical and accessible, culturally relevant to all staff within a nonprofit organization, and designed to strengthen communications effectiveness at organizations of any size.

Cause Communications focuses on providing communications solutions that meet people where they are and we have developed a widely used readiness matrix to help determine a starting point for them. We have targeted three areas of activity:

(1) Developing, Producing and distributing free, original tools and resources so everyone at every level can access materials;

(2) Hands-on training programs for organizations mature enough to benefit from the in-person coaching; and

(3) Partner projects with other experts and nonprofits so we can advance progress on vital social issues and expand the universe of people touched by the ability to communicate effectively.

We are a fully staffed communications firm offering consulting services where we provide campaign, branding, fundraising, and marketing expertise and services. Our strategists come from diverse backgrounds, strengths, and perspectives. We also have firsthand knowledge of the unique needs of social impact organizations, thanks to our own status as a nonprofit as well as our team’s leadership experience in the philanthropic, creative, and public sectors.

In addition we offer communications coaching, training, and tools (videos, books, quizzes, games), as well as develop partnership projects whereby helping something being communicated more effectively, something good will happen. These capacity building initiatives ensure a growing body of knowledge for the field and provide access to tools any communicators can use to strengthen their impact.

Cause Communications is the first nonprofit organization focused on communications effectiveness within the nonprofit sector.

Our digital tools, books, and publications have been widely distributed in all 50 states, in more than 45 countries, and on six continents.

Our work has been recognized by "The New York Times", "The Los Angeles Times", "The Chronicle of Philanthropy", and "Stanford Social Innovation Review".

We have trained over 1,000 individuals to use communications more effectively.

Our consulting arm has worked with over 200 nonprofit organizations.

We estimate dollars raised by those we have helped to communicate more effectively to be well in excess of $50,000,000.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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CAUSE COMMUNICATIONS

Board of directors
as of 03/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lisa Cleri Reale

Principal, Lisa Cleri Reale & Associates

Term: 2021 - 2024

R. Christine Hershey

Cause Communications

Lisa Cleri Reale

Principal, Lisa Cleri Reale & Associates

Jan Kern

Senior Philanthropy Advisor, Southern California Grantmakers

Sally Lew

EASTWIND Philanthropic & Non-Profit Consulting

Rabbi Barbara Zacky

Director

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/27/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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