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3 Reasons to Reframe Overhead Costs as Infrastructure Investments

“Overhead” spending remains a sensitive topic for nonprofit organizations and many feel discouraged from asking funders for what they truly need in fear of being rejected or worse, deemed as an organization that is not committed to serving their community. That’s because “overhead” has been associated with unnecessary administrative expenses rather than essential activities: efficient […]

Free Tools and Resources to Help You Do More Good in 2020

  Communications to Amplify Your Impact Looking to brush up on specific communications skills, or help a colleague improve theirs? Cause Communications is committed to making the power of good communications accessible to all. That’s why our digital library of free resources is always stocked with “how-to” videos, interactive quizzes, and practical guides based on […]

The Superpower Within Us All

It’s November, which means many of us are focused on year-end fundraising activities, impact reports, and prepping that mouthwatering recipe for the office holiday party. This season is also an opportunity to slow down and reflect on what we are most grateful for. Here at Cause Communications, we believe gratitude is a superpower that not […]

Creating Positive Narratives Around Complex Issues

In honor of Suicide Prevention Month, we’ve also included some examples connected to this particular topic. 1. Balance transparency with resilience – As communicators, we have a responsibility to accurately portray what’s happening in our communities and not “sugar coat” the truth. Alongside the facts, it’s also important to avoid painting a bleak picture of […]

Ethical Storytelling:
In Conversation with Michael Kass

Chris Hershey (RCH): What drew you to ethical storytelling? How would you define this topic? Michael Kass (MK): Years ago, as I was working with individuals, as well as organizations, to help them reconnect with, shape, and tell their story, I realized there was a kind of meta-narrative emerging. The way these stories were being […]

Using Communications to Elevate Your Next Community Engagement Event

1. Create a strategy-driven event plan – To ensure your event meets your organization’s goals, start with an event plan that details the purpose, goals, expectations, and key audiences. 2. Develop consistent branding – Be sure to think about your event as a unique product that your organization is producing.  As such, you will want this […]

Donor Engagement: Listen. Learn. Deliver.

Although they are often used interchangeably, development and fundraising aren’t the same thing. “Development” is the process of creating and enhancing relationships with donors and potential donors. It creates a connection between a donor and your cause or organization. “Fundraising” only addresses the giving aspect of the process and considers that people may be motivated […]