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 citizenship 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 address complex social 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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Responding to the Call: How to Pursue Legal Advocacy
Responding to the Call: How to Pursue Legal Advocacy

Without legal advocacy, many norms and rights that people rely on, may have never been established. School desegregation (argued through Brown v. Board of Education), gay marriage (argued through many cases, but before the Supreme Court as Obergefell v. Hodges), clean water and air (argued at both state and federal levels as a myriad of lawsuits) – all were established as part of a legal advocacy strategy.

The Age of the Strategic Follower
The Age of the Strategic Follower

A few years ago I was introduced to my now favorite TED Talk: Derek Sivers on “How to start a movement.”  In two minutes he explains how a movement starts using some amusing footage of a spontaneous dance group.  If you haven’t seen it, it is worth the break.  What captivated me was his conclusion—and it wasn’t about the leader.

What Can Associations of Grantmakers Teach You?
What Can Associations of Grantmakers Teach You?

In mid-July of this year, I had the opportunity to attend the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers conference (#ForumCon17) in San Francisco. This conference brings together a large swath of the organizations that provide networking and support functions to foundations across the United States. 

I wanted to share some of my takeaways from time at the conference—some of which relate specifically to the conference and some to the valuable side conversations that happen when you bring smart, passionate people together. 

Three Common Questions about Funding Advocacy
Three Common Questions about Funding Advocacy

Since the 2016 election, my colleagues and I have noticed one of two things: more funders considering a first-time investment in advocacy, or funders strengthening their existing commitment to fund advocacy work. In response to this surge of activity, we’ve had the opportunity to share our findings – regarding effective strategies to support advocacy campaigns  – with different groups of funders. These engaging and deliberate conversations generated additional questions – from which we’ll highlight three:

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Are You Asking the Right Questions?
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Are You Asking the Right Questions?

As an evaluator, I have seen varying levels of commitment to using principles of DEI and acknowledge that it is not always an easy or straightforward endeavor. Here are a few clarifying points on how I frame thinking about DEI and some guiding questions to discuss when thinking about incorporating DEI in your work:

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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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FCCAT

We believe that foundation capacity – like nonprofit capacity more broadly – is essential to impact. Read our latest report sharing aggregate findings from 54 foundations, to elevate attention to this important issue.

Legal Advocacy

Legal advocacy as a strategy - what it is, its impact, and why you should be paying attention. Visit tccgrp.com/legaladvocacy to learn more and watch our video.


What are your strengths? Where should you focus your capacity-building efforts? The CCAT can help. Used by more than 5,000 nonprofits, TCC's Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) is a rigorous, research-based, and affordable way to help organizations measure effectiveness and prioritize capacity-building needs. Visit tccCCAT.com to learn more.