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What We Do

Since 1991, DCA has been making collective impact work.  Using our Cause Development® methodology, DCA has orchestrated collaborations and partnerships to tackle some of society’s toughest challenges.

The Cause Development framework redefines disconnected efforts into a cause, discovers and builds the partnerships to advance the cause, and then harnesses them to work toward clear goals in a shared plan of action.

Who We Help

We help mission-oriented leaders and organizations that are dedicated to achieving sustainable improvements in people’s lives on a community-wide, regional, nation-wide, or international scale.

Our clients have included leading foundations, domestic non-profits and international NGOs, corporations, workforce development and economic development entities, municipalities and leadership coalitions.

Our Clients

Latest News

  • DCA helped develop the Boston Summer Learning Project, which has grown from serving 232 students to 12,000 in six years.  Read more here.
  • One of the best predictors of school success is reading well by third grade, yet 80% of low-income children don’t.
    DCA is proud to be part of The Campaign for Grade Level Reading, a network of 240+ communities committed to reversing the trend. Watch video.
  • DCA is part of Lumina Foundation’s Goal 2025 initiative.  We are the campaign’s national technical assistance liaison.  Seventy-five communities have joined the campaign.  Here’s an overview from Lumina: Watch video
  • DCA has launched The Collective Impact Alliance. Follow the blog, Making Collective Impact Work.
  • Beyond the Grant, an article by DCA published in The Foundation Review.  It chronicles a shift the W.K. Kellogg Foundation made from grantmaker to change maker through its national SPARK initiative. Read Beyond the Grant