We are social

Hershey Cause Communications is a mission-driven strategic marketing and communications agency that creates positive social change on behalf of companies, foundations, for-purpose organizations and the public sector. We believe in sharing what works to help others, and our 39 years of experience has guided our development of “best practices” resources to increase communications effectiveness in the social sector.

Our publications and online tools have been widely distributed in all 50 states, 24 countries and on six continents and have been recognized by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Our Nonprofit: Elevating Causes by Strengthening Communications

The mission of our agency’s nonprofit arm is to identify and spotlight opportunities where strategic communications and collaboration can be leveraged in the nonprofit sector to achieve significant, measurable results for real social change. Since 1999 we have successfully used research and creativity to educate and train more than 20,000 nonprofit leaders in the tactics of high-impact communications to advance positive social change. Learn more about our educational resource books and guides, including our award-winning Communications Toolkit and trainings. More info… 


We are grateful to all those who have advanced causes and strengthened communications across the nonprofit sector by investing in our work. Our supporters include the following.

  • The Ahmanson Foundation
  • The Annenberg Foundation
  • The California Endowment
  • The California Wellness Foundation
  • The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • The Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
  • The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
  • Harbourton Foundation
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • Joseph Drown Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Marguerite Casey Foundation
  • Open Society Institute
  • The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • S. Mark Taper Foundation
  • Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland
  • Surdna Foundation
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Board of Advisors

Tom G. David
Senior Strategist, Tides Foundation

Shirley Fredricks
Vice President and Trustee,
Lawrence Welk Family Foundation

Andy Goodman

Henry Ramos
Principal, Mauer Kunst Consulting

Beverly Schwartz
Vice President, Ashoka, Global Marketing

R. Christine Hershey



My passion has always been social change and a strong belief that strategic communications can help move the needle on important social issues. Instead of becoming too strongly entrenched in one belief system, I think we can open minds and hearts by forming unexpected partnerships.

R. Christine Hershey

President and Founder, Hershey Cause Communications