The Focus on Fundraising Program is designed for BIPOC nonprofit executive directors who want to build their leadership and fundraising skills to raise funds and work in partnership with staff and board to grow the organization. Executive directors will participate in conversations and exercises to build mission-driven philanthropy that helps them evolve as nonprofit leaders.

Cause Effective’s Focus on Fundraising: Building Power for Executive Leaders of Color is designed with the following program objectives:

  • To develop current and future BIPOC nonprofit leaders who are confident and competent in their fundraising role, including:
    • Building their personal fundraising skills, starting from an understanding that the CEO role requires care and feeding of the development function
    • Learning how to enhance these skills in their staff and organizations
    • Developing their ability to work with their boards to establish an effective fundraising team
  • To enable greater mission-centered growth and impact as executive directors lead their organizations in raising more money in a more sustainable fashion
  • To build bridges across race, gender, experience within a cohort setting for peer learning

Applications for Fall 2022 now open.

Applications are due September 23rd; applicants will be notified by October 10th. This program has a $7,500 value but is provided at a lower cost of $5,000 to participants. Scholarships are available to grantees of select funder groups. In addition, In addition, subsidies are available for organizations with budgets at or below $2 million.

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Meet the Nonprofit Leaders from our last cohort, the

Fall 2021 Focus on Fundraising Program


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See the Spring 2021 Focus on Fundraising Cohort

  • NYCT
  • JP Morgan
    JP Morgan
  • NYC 276
    NYC 276
  • Altman
  • Kramer Levin
  • Robinhood
  • William Casper Graustein
    William Casper Graustein
  • The New York Women's Foundation

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