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Richard Mittenthal

Richard A. Mittenthal President and CEO

Education: BS: Roosevelt University, in Economics, MBA: Northwestern University
Service Expertise: consulting, general management, strategic and organizational planning, and governance


  • "Getting Management Help to the Nonprofit Sector", Harvard Business Review
  • "Effective Philanthropy: The Importance of Focus"
  • "Ten Keys to Successful Strategic Planning for Nonprofit and Foundation Leaders"
  • Chapter on Strategic Program Design in Rethinking Philanthropic Effectiveness Lessons From an International Network of Foundation Experts, 2005
  • "Current Practices in Board Governance" Leadership Summit on Global Philanthropy at New York University

Presentations & Speeches:

  • Keynote address, "Grantee/Consultant Engagements: What Doesn't Work, Principles for Success, and What Funders Expect," at the United Way of New York City conference, "Using Management Consultants for Nonprofit Organizations: Promises and Pitfalls" at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs
  • Presented, Opening Address, "Trends in Society and Philanthropy and How They Will Affect Your Job," at "Beyond the Basics: Advanced Grantmaking Workshop" for the Ohio Grantmaker's Forum
  • "Success and Failures in Philanthropy," The Philanthropy Workshop
  • Faculty, The European Foundation Center's Summer Academy on Philanthropy in London, England, and Bologna, Italy
  • Presented at the Annual Endowment Institute through the United Jewish Communities
  • Presented a seminar, "Workshop on Strategic Planning: Why and How Funders Should Plan," at the Donors Forum
  • Panelist for, "From Routine to Ready, Set, Go: Engaging the Board in Making Meaningful Plans" at the National Leadership Forum for the National Center for Nonprofit Boards
  • Participated in the National Leadership Forum through the National Center for Nonprofit Boards Forum

Richard Mittenthal is President and CEO of TCC Group. Since joining the firm in 1989, he has led consulting and planning assignments for a wide range of clients, including the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Japan Foundation/Center for Global Partnership, the Ford Foundation, the Altman Foundation, Third Street Music School Settlement, the Margaret Cargill Foundation, the Nelson-Atkins Museum, the Jewish Museum, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Freeman Foundation, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Children's Defense Fund, the United Way of New York City, the Institute for Advanced Studies, the Charles Hayden Foundation, and the Roosevelt Institute.

In 1997, Mittenthal initiated a collaborative effort with the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy to create the Grantmakers Institute, a series of educational courses for foundation staff around the country. In 1999, he served as Senior Advisor to the 93rd American Assembly: Philanthropy and the Nonprofit Sector in a Changing America. He was a member of the International Network on Strategic Philanthropy, an initiative involving 58 individuals from North America, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and the Council of the Aspen Institute's Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program. In 1982, he served as the first Chairman of Grantmakers in the Arts.

Mittenthal spent 12 years at the New York Community Trust, the largest community foundation in the United States. From 1983 to 1989, he served as the Trust's Vice President for Program, overseeing the discretionary grant program.

Active in civic and cultural affairs, he currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the American Assembly and the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration and Symphony Space, where he was Board President for eight years. Mittenthal served for six years as a Mayoral appointee to the New York City Commission on Cultural Affairs, 13 years as a Trustee of Meet the Composer, eight years as a Trustee of the Orchestra of St. Luke's, six years as a Board Member of the Dalton School, nine years as a Director of the Alliance for the Arts, and seven years as a Trustee of The American Symphony Orchestra League. Recently, Mittenthal was appointed by Governor David Patterson to the New York State Council on the Arts. He has a BS in Economics from Roosevelt University in Chicago and an MBA from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

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