Strategies to Achieve Social Impact
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At TCC Group, we are passionate about helping the social sector achieve greater impact. Since 1980, we have developed strategies and programs that enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of foundations, nonprofits, corporate community involvement programs, and government agencies. From offices in New York City, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, we work with diverse clients – from large funders and nonprofits to smaller organizations that want to tap our knowledge to determine pragmatic ways to solve everyday problems.

Our consulting staff are excellent strategists, program developers, capacity builders, and evaluators. We have wide-ranging expertise and on-the-ground experience in fields such as education, arts and culture, community and economic development, human services, environmental conservation, and health care. We are critical thinkers, effective communicators, and skilled facilitators.

TCC Group is known for innovation and rigor. We offer hands-on support designing and implementing solutions that combine objectivity with enthusiasm, direction with responsiveness, and discipline with flexibility. Our unique strength lies in the ability to leverage knowledge from our complementary practices, which build on and inform one another. This holistic view informs every project, as we help clients devise strategies, implement plans, evaluate progress and outcomes, and make ongoing improvements.

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Ohrstrom Foundation
Meeting a Family’s Growing Philanthropic Needs

Over the past 10 years, TCC Group has provided the Ohrstrom Foundation with administrative and grantmaking support and has guided its governance planning, program and operations, and grant assessment. Through our day-to-day management of the foundation, we identify and address emergent issues, drawing on our years of experience working with family foundations to develop solutions that balance effective philanthropic strategy within the unique context of family giving.

Advocacy Strategies for Policy Change
Advocacy Strategies for Policy Change

Commissioned by the Rockefeller Foundation, TCC Group’s latest research examines what motivates foundations to engage in advocacy, the methods they apply, and the results they achieve. Although the study focuses on federal policy, many of factors and strategies relate directly to foundation policy reform activities at all levels of government.

Coordinated Funding: Lessons from a Place-Based Grantmaking Collaborative
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 aided the implementation of this innovative funding model, which may prove useful to others considering engaging in such a collaborative effort. Read the executive summary and the full report.

Successful Corporate Citizenship: What Sets Leading Companies Apart?

TCC Group Partner Tom Knowlton and Senior Consultant Nadia Gomes have launched a new, five-part blog series on CSRwire that explores the critical elements of effective corporate citizenship. Read more and learn about the framework and watch the recent webinar.

Certified B Corporation

TCC Group is pleased to be a Certified B Corporation, recognized for work that meets higher standards of social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. We are passionate about helping the social sector achieve greater impact.

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TCC Group Collaborates with GEO on New Scaling Resource

As part of Grantmakers for Effective Organization's Scaling What Works initiative, TCC Group participated in a joint research collaboration with Ashoka, Social Impact Exchange, and Taproot Foundation, to explore the question: How can grantmakers best support high-performing nonprofits in their efforts to grow their impact? The resulting publication, Pathways to Grow Impact, shares new learning about the variety of ways nonprofits are creating more value for communities and how funders are supporting their work. This publication offers a framework for understanding different approaches to scaling impact, stories from nonprofit leaders who have successfully grown their organization's impact, and practical recommendations for grantmakers seeking more effective ways to achieve better results.

Expert Advice on International Giving: Start Here

In her latest blog for PhilanthroFiles, Rachel Humphrey offers advice on how to get the most out of international site visits.

What’s Strategy Got to do With It?

Why we need to broaden philanthropy’s view of the social sciences. Director of Philanthropy Chris Cardona provides new insights in a recent SSIR blog post.

Equitable Relationships in International Grantmaking

When it comes to grantmaking, "how we do our work is as important as what we do," says TCC Consultant Rachel Humphrey. In her recent blog for The Association of Small Foundations, Consultant Rachel discusses a key ingredient for effective international giving: creating fair, equitable relationships. Read the blog.


Working in a Nonprofit Cohort

Learn about strategies and best practices when building the capacity of a group of nonprofits.


Chris Cardona
Welcome to the (Global) Accountability Class

Associate Director of Philanthropy Chris Cardona asks, “How do you hold yourself accountable for your mission?” in RE: Philanthropy.


Women Proven to be More Effective Nonprofit Leaders

TCC’s new research shows that while women leaders outperform men in nearly every way, they are not equally compensated. See the full infographic here. Watch it on Prezi.

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Gender Salary Inequity- Infographic


Ashley Blanchard
The Foundation CEO's Delicate Balancing Act: Aligning Logic and Intuition

Associate Director of philanthropy Ashley Blanchard blogs on the RE: Philanthropy site about "The Foundation CEO's Delicate Balancing Act: Aligning Logic and Intuition."

Doctor, Heal Thyself: Building the Capacity of Nonprofit Capacity Builders

Senior Partner Paul Connolly blogs about TCC Group's work helping funders to build the capacity of nonprofit capacity builders on the GEO Conference Blog.

WHAT DOES CODESIGN OF CAPACITY BUILDING FOR ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS REALLY MEAN?

In a guest blog for Advocacy Digest, Associate Director Susan Misra asks, "When you're leading a capacity-building initiative, are you willing to listen to other viewpoints, incorporate them into decisions, and even change course mid-stream?"

WHY GRANTMAKERS MUST LEAD WITH THEIR HEARTS AS WELL AS THEIR HEADS

In The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Senior Partner Paul Connolly shares how philanthropy could benefit from the creative tension found when blending the objective, proactive, and accountability-oriented technocratic model with the passion-driven, opportunistic, and learning-oriented humanistic approach.

TRAINING FOR NONPROFITS THAT STICKS?

TCC Group Associate Director of Program and Grants Management and Capacity Building, Susan Misra, shares some best practices in capacity building on the SSIR blog Training for Nonprofits That Sticks? Yes, It's Possible! | Opinion Blog | Stanford Social Innovation Review

CAPACITY BUILDING IN CALIFORNIA TO CREATE CHANGE

Lisa Ranghelli, Director of the National Committee for Responsive Philathropy's Grantmaking for Community Impact Project writes about TCC Group's recent capacity building work in California on NCPR's blog.

THE LIMITED RETURNS ON FUNDRAISING SUPPORT FOR NONPROFITS

Senior Partner and Chief Client Services Officer Paul Connolly shares his thoughts about improving fund development capacity based on findings from the the Packard Foundation's new study on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog.

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