Nearly 60 foundations – of all shapes and sizes – recently took the Foundation Core Capacity Assessment Tool (FCCAT), a self-assessment measure for foundations, to better understand their strengths and challenges. Based on the recent summary report, here are five noteworthy things they had to say: Continue reading
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
I’ve always had an inherent appreciation for diversity – yet my training and work in the evaluation space has fostered even greater realization that diversity is a critical component to both program design and evaluation. Continue reading
On a cold, rainy day in February, all seven members of TCC Group’s evaluation team came together for a retreat. With our team spread across the country, this retreat was a unique opportunity for in-person team building and reflection. Most interestingly, we completed an exercise to classify the types of work we are talking about when we say “evaluation.”
The end result? Clarity around the nine types of evaluation work we do. Continue reading
As today’s leading companies launch and expand corporate citizenship programs, they continue to seek greater social and environmental impact. While they operate at various levels of scale, they all face critical challenges around tracking and reporting data, operational inefficiencies, and nonprofit relations.
For example, some companies have told us about the difficulty they have tracking basic data. Meanwhile, other companies want to expand their data collection to tell stories about their impact. Many strategic changes could facilitate progress for either challenge, but program management software solutions can serve as Continue reading
From her own experience as a family foundation trustee, TCC’s Ashley Blanchard discusses how a board can best determine its role in the grantmaking process. When should trustees dive in head first and when should they step back? How and when can they best strategize to support the growth and stability of the foundation? Continue reading
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.”
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
Increasingly, funders want to take on more catalytic roles within their communities. Creative grantmaking can help them move in this direction. But without realizing the potential of their non-grantmaking activity—convening, advocating, training, or educating—foundations may be leaving significant value on the table. TCC’s Senior Consultant Marieke Spence outlines a straightforward but holistic process for funders considering non-grantmaking roles using relevant examples from the field. Continue reading
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