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.

Why Doing Good is Good Business

TCC Group’s CEO, Richard Mittenthal, is featured in the current edition of Profile Magazine, a publication that “identifies and promotes innovation in prominent American industries.”DoGoodBusiness

Read “Why Doing Good is Good Business” to learn how Richard views the state of the sector and the role of TCC Group in helping nonprofits, foundations, and companies achieve greater social impact. Continue reading

Meeting a Family’s Growing Philanthropic Needs

Family foundations are living entities that evolve over time. When a family seeks assistance in managing its philanthropy, it is crucial that the consultant adapts as well to meet the family’s changing needs. The journey to philanthropic impact often has many bends and turns, and a skillful navigator makes the ride smoother. TCC Group’s work with the Ohrstrom Foundation during the past decade exemplifies Continue reading

Coordinated Funding: Lessons from a Place-Based Grantmaking Collaborative

Three grantmakers in Michigan, including Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, the United Way of Washtenaw County, and the Joint Office of Community and Economic Development, recently coordinated the leadership and funding of the region’s human service programs in order to maximize community impact. During TCC Group’s evaluation of the initiative, we identified several community assets and early successes that Continue reading

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 Continue reading

10 Key Factors to Help Funders Thrive

In 2004, TCC Group published a briefing paper entitled, “Ten Keys to Successful Strategic Planning for Nonprofit and Foundation Leaders.” The philanthropic landscape has continued to evolve since then, and TCC has benefited from ten years of additional work designing and facilitating funder planning projects.

Drawing on our client work in the intervening decade, TCC Group staff have identified important key factors that help foundations overcome unique challenges, provide strategic clarity, and chart a successful path forward. In our latest briefing paper, “Ten Keys – Ten Years Later: Successful Strategic Planning for Foundation Leaders,” we discuss 10 factors that Continue reading