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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, builds authentic, durable 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 seven 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 300+ communities committed to reversing the trend. Watch video.
  • 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