Cause4 was launched as a social business in May 2009. The company works with charities, philanthropists and social enterprises across the charity, arts, sports and education sectors to support them to develop strategy, exciting programmes that can scale and to increase their fundraising. We work with long-established national charities that wish to re-evaluate their approach to development, with corporate foundations and individual philanthropists, as well as with smaller local charities and social enterprises in their infancy.
Since 2009 we have raised over £38 million for the clients with which we work and regularly raise over £500k charitable income per month. In the 2012-13 financial year we raised £7.975 million for clients and in 2013-2014 (since April 2014) we have raised over £14 million for clients.
Our aim is to create pioneering and enterprising programmes and fundraising solutions for the charitable sector at a time when creative, entrepreneurial approaches are much needed.
We believe that the principles of development and fundraising go hand in hand. Our experience tells us that the challenges surrounding income generation are often more obviously rooted in the development of effective policies, partnerships and programmes. Therefore, our approach is to focus on innovation at an organisational, partnership and programme development level, where successful fundraising can follow.
Cause4 and our values have been developed in terms of our commitment to developing our own people and to developing projects, programmes and campaigns, which improve and enrich the lives of people, places and communities in Britain and internationally. We aim to deliver a profitable enterprise that yields greatest return for important charitable and social causes.
Cause4 was a finalist in the Natwest Startup Awards 2011 in the category of best socially driven business and is a top 10 winner in the Ernst and Young Future 100 awards 2011 for demonstrating innovation in social enterprise. Cause4 was also a winner in the 2012 Startups 100 list for most innovative small businesses across the UK.
Cause4 is a recipient of an investment bursary from the Goldman Sach’s 10,000 small businesses programme for study at UCL and Said Business School at the University of Oxford. The company was a finalist in the Orange National Business Awards for Start Up Business of the Year 2012. In November 2012 Cause4 won a prestigious silver international Stevie Award for Most Innovative Company of the Year (small business).
In 2013 Michelle and Cause4 were invited by Lord Young of Graffham and Sir Terry Leary to join the Accelerate 250 for businesses showing rapid growth and great potential and the company won a Fast Growth award for social enterprise leadership from Unltd to develop the company’s graduate Entrepreneurship programme. Cause4 was also named in the Silicon Valley 100 Club as one of 100 UK businesses with high investment potential.