101 West Grand
Suite 200
Chicago, Illinois 60654
Call Nancy at (312) 925-8067
Call Lisa at (312) 890-1403

Our mission is to help you grow.

From big-picture strategic vision to every tiny detail, we work with you.

You want to do more. We create fundraising plans tailored to your unique culture and goals—and equip you to get there.

Success starts with your board and volunteer leadership. Empowered, your team is your organization’s greatest advocate, accelerating your progress.

New donors will become ambassadors and bring resources and networks to further your mission. We partner with you to identify prospects and create deeper relationships with your current donor base.

Speak their language. Connect donors to your mission and inspire them to become and stay involved.

We understand that lean nonprofit teams must optimize human resources for the greatest impact. We provide the support you need to reach your goals.

Stellar Reputation

Just Cause has a stellar reputation. Their outstanding work with the Forest Preserve Foundation confirmed my commitment to serve the board. That confidence was well-placed. Their guidance has helped us significantly grow our fundraising capacity.

Tom Lanctot Board Member, Forest Preserve Foundation

Politely Persistent

What I appreciated most was Lisa and Nancy always challenged me to do more. But they didn’t give me a bunch of ideas and leave. They stayed with me, prepared me, followed up. They wanted results as much as I did and worked with me to get there. 100% of the time I was rewarded when I followed their guidance. They gave me the confidence I needed to lead our organization to the next level of fundraising.

Nancy Bulzoni Executive Director, Cancer Wellness Center


Just Cause gave us a toolkit to grow our organization. They helped us to be mindful about donor engagement points, get our board aligned as brand ambassadors and further build our base. They also challenged me to make bigger, bolder asks. And, it worked! They broke things down into simple, straightforward tasks so it wasn’t overwhelming. I loved working with them.

Harriet Levy CEO, Center for Enriched Living


We had committed to a big expansion and needed help structuring a campaign. Just Cause helped us determine feasibility, strategize our campaign target, evaluate our donor lists, have conversations with board members, and helped us find staff we needed. What I appreciated most was their flexible and practical approach. I was running a lean organization and Nancy and Lisa came prepared not only with high-level strategy, but also rolling up their sleeves to help me with the immediate tasks at hand.

Paige Ponder Former CEO, One Million Degrees


Just Cause helped us to re-launch our capital campaign after a pause due to the pandemic. We not only met our goal, we surpassed it. They were instrumental and devoted to us every step of the way: developing the next critical steps in our campaign plan, identifying new donor bases, establishing an incentive program, creating clear and powerful messaging, and navigating obstacles. Because they each bring their own expertise and points of view, it's like getting two for one

Marilyn Perlman “Imagine the Possible” Campaign Chair, North Shore Congregation Israel


Our organization was just four-years old when we contracted with Just Cause. Nancy and Lisa worked with us to create a development infrastructure from the ground up. With their help, we hosted a tremendously successful fundraising event and created a development position. As important as the product was the process. They are warm, generous, creative, persistent, and deeply invested in our success. They care about me and my work. They are a resource and an ally.

Jenny Soble Executive Director, Illinois Prison Project

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We’re eager to learn more about you and how we can work together!


JUST CAUSE is certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of business owned and operated by women.