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Grantmaking & Foundation Management

Working closely with funders of all types and sizes, to create, implement and manage responsive, impactful and dynamic grantmaking initiatives.

TCC Group provides comprehensive philanthropic services to foundations and corporations calibrated to your specific needs. We provide strategic counsel and thought leadership around grants strategy and design and manage the allocation of more than $65 million in grant awards to hundreds of community-led organizations.  We offer guidance on effective and trust-based grantmaking practices and regularly provide program officer support and/or complete management of the entire grants process. 

Whether you’re a corporate grantmaker seeking a program office or an unstaffed family foundation wanting to do good while building connections across generations, TCC has the specialized knowledge and capacities you need to get exactly the right level of support.

Guiding TCC’s approach is the knowledge that you have your own unique philanthropic needs, goals, and perspectives. We bring deep experience in diverse sectors and a collaborative mindset to every project. This enables us to partner with you in crafting creative solutions across institutional types, stages of development, and issue areas that address the complex social problems in our world.   

Our Tailored Approach Delivers:

Grant Program Development

Focused on Goals

  • Partnering with you to create grant guidance documents and operational blueprints that will lead to the results you seek
  • Designing grant application processes  and application materials anchored in trust-based philanthropy principles, identifying prospective grantees, coordinating the decision-making process and recommending and engaging external review committees members, to ensure that the right organizations receive your support
  • Overseeing grant delivery, due diligence, and evaluation processes

Grant Program Implementation & Management

Focused on Impact

  • Managing grantmaking and program services and budgets to ensure fidelity to your priorities
  • Building deep, responsive relationships with grantees that allow for seizing opportunity and addressing challenges in a timely way
  • Delivering capacity-building support to maximize returns on your investment
  • Staying current and relevant in the fields you fund and bringing fresh insights to you

Grant Program Evaluation

Focused on Learning

  • Developing theories of change and logic models to help establish a shared vision, strong evaluation foundation, and consistent communication with stakeholders.
  • Fostering a culture of continuous learning for improvement that will lead to stronger partnerships and better outcomes
  • Identifying actionable insights meaningful to you and your grantees
  • Transforming evaluative learning into concrete perspective to inform your future grantmaking decisions

Foundation Management

Focused on Your Needs

  • Reducing or eliminating your administrative burden and minimizing operational costs by providing comprehensive back-office services 
  • Facilitating board governance and operations, including grantmaking, finance, stakeholder relations, and more to free your time for strategic thinking

Grantmaking Strategy

Focused on Making a Difference

  • Helping you develop, assess, and refine grantmaking strategies that fit your budget and maximize the potential for impact 
  • Conducting landscape and feasibility studies to understand the potential of your grantmaking program before it kicks off
  • Benchmarking your grantmaking strategies and processes against best practices to enhance their potential for impact
“TCC Group has been instrumental in developing, administering and managing our scientific awards program. As part of this effort, TCC Group continuously makes recommendations for process refinements, develops and manages outreach strategies and communications, and manages the application and review process—including the facilitation of the selection review meetings, management of award contracts, reports, and payments process. TCC also helps us in the development and management of our yearly Symposium.”

Tetsuya Sugiyama, PhD, Director, US Foundation Promotion Office, Ono Pharma Foundation