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Annual Report: FY 22-23

Cause Collective's mission is to strengthen nonprofits to better serve the community through collaboration, education, and advocacy. Click on the below headings to see an overview of our achievements in the 2022-23 fiscal year, broken down by the three areas of our mission statement


"I recently began looking for an opportunity to re-engage with community organizations and contribute toward keeping Lincoln a thriving place. Through the Cause Collective board match, I was able to find an organization with open board positions whose mission I believe strongly in (The Bridge Behavioral Health). I have found it to be an even more amazing experience than I expected.“
-Cathy Kottwitz, Guiderock Realty LLC

Cause Collective Radio
Cause Collective worked with KZUM 89.3 FM to air 52 episodes of Cause Collective radio in FY22-23, nearly all were new shows aired for the first time.

Member outreach events
Cause Collective helped organize a total of 4 member outreach events in FY 22-23, providing opportunities for 62 (5% increase) agencies (duplicated) to advertise their services to the community.

Networking events
Cause Collective organized 2 networking events in FY 22-23, with over 53 (50% increase) attendees.

Member meetings
Cause Collective hosted 10 monthly member meetings in FY 22-23, with over 507 attendees.

Cause Collective sent a total of 36 newsletters to member agency staff and the greater Lincoln community in FY 22-23.

Other Collaborative events and activities
  • Jump Start Program
  • Successful Transitions
  • Doane Internship Partnership
  • Partnership with LPS


"The Leadership Training series, hosted by Cause Collective, gave me concrete information to apply in guiding our organization. It helped me to understand the importance of certain aspects of my role as a leader from a fresh perspective."
-Ann Seacrest, Executive Director, MilkWorks

Cause Collective organized 26 trainings in FY 22-23, including general trainings, Volunteer Coordinator Council trainings, and Case Management trainings. These trainings pulled in over 835 (26% increase) registrants!

Executive Director Roundtables
Cause Collective hosted 16 monthly ED Roundtables in FY 22-23, bringing together over 95 (45% increase) Directors (duplicated).

Board 101 Trainings
Cause Collective led 17 (20% increase) free Board 101 Trainings for member agencies and corporate sponsors in FY 22-23.

Skill Share program
Cause Collective made 10 connections for member agency staff through our Skill Share program in FY 22-23.


Cause Collective's Nebraska Nonprofit Lobby Day 2022 was immensely helpful. As a new nonprofit Executive Director, I found the training to be relevant, practical, and applicable regarding a critical part of my role - the art of advocating for public funds in support of important community work. I'll attend again!”
-Dr. Julie Murray-Jensen, Executive Director, The Foundry/nonprofit hub

Elected official guests
Cause Collective hosted a total of 12 elected official guests at member meetings in FY22-23.

Legislative stances
Cause Collective took a stance on 1 state bill in FY22-23.

Nonprofit Lobby Day
Cause Collective organized and hosted its third annual Nebraska Nonprofit Lobby Day in 2023.


Membership growth
Cause Collective welcomed a record 20 new members in FY 22-23, bringing total membership up to 155 (10% increase)

Total numbers
Cause Collective held a total of 190 events and activities in FY 22-23, serving 1,625 (10% increase) individuals (duplicated)

NAM Best Practices Partner
Cause Collective received Nonprofit Association of the Midlands' Guidelines and Principles Best Practices Partnership seal

BBB Torch Award for Ethics
In 2023 Cause Collective was honored to be one of the winners of the Better Business Bureau's Torch Award for Ethics!



The better we all know each other, the better we work together.Cause Collective facilitate partnerships, collaborates with its members and is a central information sharing center for nonprofits in Lincoln.


By providing nonprofits individual and group trainings throughout the year they become better and more efficient at running their business, and in turn their services to the community improve.


One of the most important things a nonprofit can do to help those they serve is advocate for them. We help nonprofits understand how to advocate and lobby to improve public policy, making a more supportive and stronger community.