A New Approach to Capacity Building

“What you see is what you get.” This phrase is often used to describe a person who is very straightforward, but it can have another meaning – what you are able to see, what you choose to notice, affects what you can accomplish.

TCC’s Directors make a fundamental distinction between capacity (skills, knowledge and relationships) and capacity building (the process of cultivating those skills, knowledge and relationships), and map out the evolution of capacity building over the last few decades. The “end-result” is strategy and discussion that pays attention to all actors in the social ecosystem, their relationships, and their respective roles.

Read “Relational Capacity: A New Approach to Capacity Building in Philanthropy” in the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s winter journal >

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TCC Group

Founded as The Conservation Company in 1980, TCC Group has evolved steadily from a small group of three consultants working in Philadelphia to a full-time consulting practice of more than 30 seasoned professionals today. With offices in New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, the firm works in local, national, and international settings. Whatever the scope of the assignment, TCC Group continues to fulfill its historic aim to provide smart, strategic counsel to nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate, and governmental clients, helping each organization identify opportunities, solve problems, and plan for the future.