November 2006

Grant Results


Andy Goodman of Cause Communications, Santa Monica, Calif., conducted research across the public interest sector and incorporated the advice of 20 public speaking experts to produce Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes.

Key Results

  • Cause Communications designed and published the book in 2005. (See the Bibliography.) It is aimed at the nonprofit sector to help presenters avoid the most commonly made mistakes, structure information in ways that engage audiences, use PowerPoint® more effectively and deliver talks with greater confidence.

Nonprofit or public service organizations can order the book online at no charge, while copies last. After the supply of books is gone, nonprofits may download a PDF version at no charge, or may order additional copies of the book for $10.00 plus $2.50 for shipping and handling. For-profit organizations will pay $15.00 plus shipping and handling.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided $50,000 for the book's production between February 2005 and January 2006. Other foundations that supported the book were:

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Study of What Makes Nonprofit Public Interest Presentations Successful


Cause Communications (Santa Monica,  CA)

  • Amount: $ 50,000
    Dates: February 2005 to January 2006
    ID#:  052231


Andy Goodman
(323) 464-3956

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(Current as of date of this report; as provided by grantee organization; not verified by RWJF; items not available from RWJF.)


Goodman A. Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes. Santa Monica, Calif.: Cause Communications, 2005. (Ordering information is available online.)

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Report prepared by: Molly McKaughan
Reviewed by: Marian Bass
Program Officer: David J. Morse