Strategies to Achieve Social Impact
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Strategy

Our knowledge sharing activities reflect our commitment to prompting new thinking about planning, evaluation, capacity building, and grants management, all in an effort to help the field achieve greater social impact.

Our staff regularly publish and present insights from our work and develop new frameworks, tools, and resources for the social sector. TCC Group's knowledge is typically shared through a number of formats, including briefing papers, presentations, webinars, articles in leading publications, and our newsletters. Feedback is very important to us, and we invite your comments on these materials.

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Books & Publications

Effective Strategies to Support Advocacy Campaigns: Considerations for Funders and Advocates
Effective Strategies to Support Advocacy Campaigns: Considerations for Funders and Advocates

This report shares collected insights from funders and advocates across the country, in the hope that their observations will helpfully contribute to other funding and campaign efforts. These respondents noted that while considerable attention has been paid to factors informing the development of sound campaign strategy, comparatively less attention has been paid to the structural and operational issues that undergird successful campaign efforts. Our research accordingly focuses on these matters.

Legal Advocacy as a Strategy: An Undertaking of the Atlas Learning Project
Legal Advocacy as a Strategy: An Undertaking of the Atlas Learning Project

Partnering with the Center for Evaluation Innovation and the Atlantic Philanthropies via the Atlas Learning Project, which aims to push advocacy in bolder and more effective directions, TCC Group has been examining how advocacy organizations use legal advocacy as a strategy and how funders can best support that work.

Supporting Organizational Effectiveness Within Movements
Supporting Organizational Effectiveness Within Movements

Funders supporting movements face a unique set of challenges when trying to support organizations working for the same cause. In their efforts to increase organizational effectiveness, foundations invariably face questions of credibility and control, and sometimes encounter diverging understandings of success. This case study profiles how TCC Group – with its partner, the Wikimedia Foundation – developed an innovative, participatory approach to these challenges, resulting in increased organizational effectiveness in the Wikimedia movement.

Ten Keys – Ten Years Later
A Framework for Successful Corporate Citizenship

A Framework for Successful Corporate Citizenship highlights the critical elements and practices used by leading corporate citizens, such as IBM and Starbucks. In this complex world, many companies make large capital investments in their citizenship programs but only few achieve their social impact goals.

Ten Keys – Ten Years Later
Ten Keys – Ten Years Later: Successful Strategic Planning for Foundation Leaders

Drawing on our client work in the intervening decade, TCC Group professionals 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 can help funders thrive in today’s philanthropic landscape.

Designing Effective Foundation Program Strategy
Designing Effective Foundation Program Strategy

Strong grantmaking programs reflect a foundation's values, balance internal capacities with the external environment, and address constituents' needs. Ashley Blanchard and Chris Cardona discuss the five steps to creating programs with impact.


Driving Strategy for Social Impact
Driving Strategy for Social Impact

TCC Group offers frameworks and advice to guide nonprofits and funders through a rigorous strategy process. An effective strategy provides social sector leaders with criteria for making important decisions and increasing the overall quality of their work.


Ten Keys to Successful Strategic Planning for Nonprofit and Foundation Leaders
Ten Keys to Successful Strategic Planning for Nonprofit and Foundation Leaders

TCC Group President and CEO Richard Mittenthal highlights important considerations when embarking on a strategic planning process. Tips include defining your mission and goals, targeting spending, and reshaping programs.


Mobilizing Resources
Mobilizing Resources

In this briefing paper, Mobilizing Resources, Partner and Director of Corporate Services Thomas Knowlton discusses a six-step roadmap to help build an integrated corporate citizenship approach. TCC helps companies create a portfolio of programs that aligns with the company's corporate citizenship program, assists with or leads the development of the company's corporate citizenship reputation with multiple stakeholder groups, and mobilizes resources to ensure greater social and business impact.

Earned-Income Business Planning for Nonprofits
Earned-Income Business Planning for Nonprofits

TCC discuss the differentiating factors for mission-driven ventures mission-driven ventures.

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What Is Good Governance?

TCC Group President and CEO Richard Mittenthal weighs in on Good Governance. Read his thoughts from a recent speech at New York University's Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising.

The Next Steps in Mission-Driven Business Planning

TCC thought leaders delve into nonprofit business planning. This webinar explores the marketing components of business plan, steps in a market analysis, and assessment and decision-making tools. Watch the webinar and download the slides.

Change Management

In this briefing paper, TCC Group offers guidance to help organizations manage change — be it transitions in leadership, organizational structure, or programmatic focus. We identify ideas, strategies, and examples that will help nonprofit executives and their boards successfully navigate the change process.

Five Ways to Ensure That Your Strategy Falls Short

Why do so many foundation and nonprofit strategies go amiss? Senior Partner Paul Connolly and Director of Strategy Anne Sherman share their thoughts in SSIR's Opinion blog.

The Best of the Humanistic And Technocratic: Why The Most Effective Work In Philanthropy Requires A Balance

Senior Partner and Chief Client Services Officer Paul Connolly highlights the need for a blended strategy in the latest edition of the Foundation Review.

When Things Fall Apart: Building Organizational Strength of Humanitarian Aid Organizations
Maximizing Foundation Effectiveness: Aligning Program Strategy, Organizational Capacity, Strategic Planning, and Performance Assessment to Achieve Success
Funding for Impact: How to Design Strategic Grantmaking Programs

Funders are increasingly being held to higher standards—by regulators and the general public. This paper is for funders interested in concrete strategies for developing effective grantmaking programs.

Rediscovering a Strategic Resource: Your Employees

Many companies are beginning to recognize that employee involvement programs are a critical part of successful community involvement programs. Using a detailed case example from Altria Group, TCC group provides guidelines and best practices of employee involvement programs in this paper.

Effective Philanthropy: The Importance of Focus for Foundations

This paper explores TCC Group's experience working with grantees for almost 30 years and offers suggestions on making philanthropic programs more focused and effective.

Pulling Together: Strengthening the Nonprofit Sector through Strategic Restructuring

This report discusses strategic restructuring as a method for creating partnerships between and among organizations, strategic restructuring enables nonprofits to forge a wide range of advantageous alliances, from mergers and joint ventures to administrative consolidations and joint programs.

Mission Possible: Improving Your Organization's Mission Statement

This article, which appeared in the publication New York Nonprofits, outlines an informative workshop given by TCC Group's Paul Connolly and Laura Colin Klein on effective mission statements. It provides insight on how to choose a mission statement that best describes and distinguishes your organization.

Adapting a Corporate Giving Program
Strategic Philanthropy: Maximizing Family Engagement and Social Impact
Looking for Opportunities: Adapting to Uncertainty and Capitalizing on Your Corporate Contributions Record

In this paper TCC Group draws upon its experience to offer advice on how companies and their corporate contributions departments can adapt to uncertainty and add value to their business, while describing various strategies that can enable contributions managers to better prepare to confront this uncertainty.


Presentations & Webinars

Julie Simpson
Is your grantmaking reactive or proactive? How do you set clear goals and achieve measurable impact?

In a recent webinar Paul Connolly and Julie Simpson discussed how an effective strategy can provide philanthropic leaders with the criteria for making decisions. Learn more about TCC’s five-step strategy process. Watch the webinar and download the slides.

Tom Knowlton
Successful Corporate Citizenship: What Sets Leading Companies Apart

In a recent webinar hosted by the Donors Forum, Tom Knowlton and Nadia Gomes explore the essential elements of successful corporate citizenship. They also discuss how companies can assess their leadership, culture, structure, and programs as they determine the best path forward. Watch the webinar or download the slides.

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The Best of the Humanistic and Technocratic: Why the Most Effective Work in Philanthropy Requires a Balance

Philanthropy can benefit from blending the objective, proactive, and accountability-oriented technocratic model with the passion-driven, opportunistic, and learning-oriented humanistic approach. Read more. Click here to view the webinar.

Driving Nonprofit Strategy for Social Impact

TCC's Senior Partner Paul Connolly and Senior Consultant Bonnie Mazza discuss how an effective strategy can provide nonprofit leaders with the criteria for making decisions.

Business Planning 101

In this webinar, TCC Group Partner Shelly Kessler and Senior Consultant Nadia Gomes explore the key components of a mission-driven business plan. Watch the webinar here and view the PowerPoint deck here.

Dynamic Planning in a Changing Environment

Wherever you look, there are more demands and fewer resources. So, how do you approach planning? In today's economy, a dynamic strategic plan can help a nonprofit clarify objectives, focus on its core mission, and adapt to change. In this webinar, TCC Group Partner and Director of Nonprofit Services Shelly Kessler explains how the best planning processes are those that are fluid and flexible, take in new information, and apply new learning.

Mobilizing Resources: A Unified Business Approach to Corporate Community Involvement

Vice President, Tom Knowlton discusses how corporations can align their Corporate Community Involvement initiatives with business goals to meet rising stakeholder expectations.

Strategic Family Philanthropy: Maximizing Family Engagement & Social Impact

Associate Director of Philanthropy, Ashley Blanchard presents a decision-making framework for selecting family investments and activities.

Mobilizing Resources Webinar

Corporate Community Involvement professionals have heard for years about the value of aligning their work with business goals. But what are the practical steps to make this happen? How can you effectively integrate your work with the business? And how can you accomplish this with limited resources? In this webinar, TCC Group Vice President Thomas Knowlton provides a focused and practical framework to help CCI and CSR executives get started. He'll discuss how to mobilize a company's unique resources for a more unified approach to Corporate Community Involvement.

Effective Family Foundations

TCC Group Senior Consultant and family foundation trustee Ashley Blanchard and Emily Tow Jackson, Executive Director of the Tow Foundation examine how and why family foundations can become more focused in their grantmaking.

Leadership and Organizational Culture

TCC Group consultants Bonnie Mazza and Ana Ramos-Hernandez focus on the importance of organizational culture and leadership's role in shaping it. Attendees learn why organizational culture makes a difference in building an effective organization; the roles of the Executive Director and the board in determining an organization's culture; and skills and tools that participants can use to begin to build the culture they'd like to see in their own organizations.

Leading in Difficult Times Nonprofit Webinar

Even in good times, nonprofit leaders must make tough decisions, and many struggle with how to do so in a way that will protect their organization's best interests. How can the decisions we make today, difficult though they might be, help us in our efforts to preserve the mission and vision of our organizations and prepare us to emerge even stronger? This webinar provides a specific focus on the role of the Board during challenging times. TCC Vice President Shelly Kessler and Consultant Bonnie Mazza discuss strategies for sustainability and share lessons learned.

What is Core? Strategies to Help Nonprofit Leaders Make Decisions

Even in the best of times, nonprofit leaders are called upon to make tough decisions, and many struggle with how to do so in a way that will protect their organization's best interests. For most of us, 2009 is not "the best of times." Every day, nonprofit executives and board members are choosing between the rock and the hard place. How can the decisions we make today, difficult though they might be, help us in our efforts to preserve the mission and vision of our organizations, and even prepare us to emerge stronger? In this webinar, TCC Group offers tools to help leaders determine "what is core," even in the most challenging of times.

Creative Strategies for Limited Resources

Even before the economic downturn, corporate funders were under pressure to "do more with less." During this webinar led by TCC's Corporate practice, TCC outlines strategies to prioritize and focus your efforts, dollars, and resources. By defining and staying true to your organization's company's core strengths and identity, you can rethink your "portfolio of programs" to build relationships with stakeholders and meet reduced budgets without losing your desired impact. TCC also provides ideas and concepts for building efficiencies that may be needed during staff reductions.


Podcasts

Beyond the Hype: Social Media Strategies for Nonprofit Arts Organizations

TCC Group consultants Nadia Gomes and Chris Cardona are joined by the Wallace Foundation's Rory MacPherson as well as Whit Maclaughin, Director of Fatebook (Philly Fringe), to talk about using social media to build audiences and community.

Adaptive Leadership for Nonprofits

TCC staff offer ideas about why adaptive leadership makes a difference for nonprofit organizations during an economic downturn.

Change Management

TCC Group offers advice on navigating organizational change, using change as opportunity during turbulent times.

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Strategic Philanthropy: Maximizing Family Engagement and Social Impact

As TCC Group broadens its work with family foundations, the firm has come to understand the unique value that a more strategic approach can bring to family philanthropy. Ashley Blanchard and Carol Gallo discuss why family foundations may want to be more strategic in their giving, and how they can transition from giving that's driven by trustees' individual interests to giving that's based on shared values and priorities.

Transformational Strategic Planning

Kevin Mestrich and Shelly Kessler discuss how to engage and implement in a transformational strategic planning process.