Cause Marketing Research and Reports

Thanks to the thought leadership of a number of agencies and organizations, cause marketers have a rich trove of studies to dig into that shed light on consumer, employee and executive attitudes and behaviors.  Be sure to check out our at-a-glance Statistics Every Cause Marketer Should Know.


These are some of the organizations that produce cause marketing-related studies or reports on a regular basis:

Cone

For nearly two decades, this agency focused primarily on cause branding and nonprofit marketing has delivered regular reports on consumer attitudes and expectations in the realm of cause marketing and cause branding in the United States. Read more

Edelman

The largest independent global PR firm, Edelman publishes several annual global surveys of consumer attitudes and expectations in the realm of social purpose including expectations of brands and companies.  Read more

IEG Sponsorship Report

This perpetually updated online report focuses on all types of corporate sponsorship, sports, arts, cause and entertainment marketing. The majority of industry-wide sponsorship statistics (size of market, segment growth, etc.) hail from this source.  Read more

Nielsen

Research giant Nielsen started reporting publicly on the cause marketing and social responsibility space starting in 2011. With a wide, global focus, Nielsen has released a new report approximately every two years.  Read more

PR Week/Barkley Cause Survey

This PR Agency/Media team partners up annually to deliver The Cause Survey, focusing on trends in cause marketing from consumers, nonprofits, and marketing and PR executives.  Read more

Academic News You Can Use

Although the majority of available cause marketing research, surveys and studies deal primarily with consumer or practitioner expectations and attitudes, there have been a handful of behavioral research studies, conducted primarily at the university level. Read more

Additional Cause-Focused Reports, Studies and Research

There is no shortage of research on the intersection between companies and causes.  This section provides additional research and studies on cause marketing.  Read more