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Cause Marketing

IMC 624

What is the most exciting part of this elective?

Over the term students analyze a current campaign of their choice. It gives them an opportunity to really examine cause/corporate partnership and critique the tactics but also explore who benefits from the campaign. Students are often surprised by the vast numbers of cause/corporate partnerships that exist today.

What skills will someone take away from this course that can be applied to their career?

In this course we look at all of the elements of developing a campaign, so students learn how to analyze how the mission of the partnership relates to the target market and the strategy behind the campaign as well as how to evaluate the effectiveness of the campaign.

What careers/job titles might require skills from this course?

As the field of cause marketing grows, so do opportunities in nonprofit, government, and private industry. Some of the positions being advertised right now that require knowledge of cause marketing are manager of corporate partnerships, corporate outreach officer, community outreach manager, corporate social responsibility officer, and director of marketing partnerships. There are marketing firms today that specialize in these partnerships, so exposure to cause marketing can give you a boost in nearly any position within an agency.

Course Description

Examines the marketing techniques used by businesses to make a difference in the world, focusing on partnerships between businesses and non-profit organizations. Through case studies, the history and uses of cause marketing are examined as well as predictions for the future of the marketing practice.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of IMC 624, students will be able to:


Topics in this course may include:
Overview of Cause Marketing
Development of Cause Marketing
Cause Marketing Tactics: Products
Cause Marketing Tactics: Issues & Social Marketing
Who Benefits from Cause Marketing? 
When Things Go Wrong in Cause Marketing
Creating Cause Marketing Campaigns
Planning & Evaluation of Cause Marketing Campaigns
The Future of Cause Marketing

This information was taken directly from the syllabus of this IMC course. While it is our intent to supply students with an accurate overview of the class, please note that the information was used in a previous session and, thus, is subject to change without notice.