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TCC makes every effort to collect and archive past media clippings. We ask journalists to provide expected publication dates whenever possible. The following articles are among our most recent media mentions:


July 1, 2014 – Richard Mittenthal comments on how New York arts and health nonprofits attract the most connected New Yorkers their Board of Directors in Crain's New York Business.

November 9, 2012 – Peter York shares insights about the value of social impact bonds in a recent article in the New York Times.

November 1, 2012 – Wagging the Dog: Philanthropy's Influence on Nonprofit Management: >More funders recognize that strong organizations lead to strong programs. As Paul Connolly notes in a recent article for The Nonprofit Quarterly, "foundations have invested more in the leadership, management, and operations of nonprofit organizations, which has enabled them to increase their organizational performance.” Read the full article here.

September 26, 2012 – Paul Connolly discusses success stories of nonprofit media organizations that overhauled their business models during a period of chaotic change. Read his blog for SSIR.

August 19, 2012 – In a recent article in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Senior Partner Paul Connolly and Robert Ross of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation discuss lessons from a major capacity-building initiative. (Subscription required.)

March 15, 2012 –Paul Connolly comments on the role of program design leadership as a predictor of growth and scaling on Beth's Blog.

March 12, 2012 – Foundations Didn't Increase Focus on 'Nonprofit Success' in Downturn, Chronicle of Philanthropy. Study finds a survey of 755 foundations conducted in 2011 by Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and the TCC Group found that 83 percent of foundations said they devote money to general support.

November 30, 2011 – The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism acknowledges TCC Group's help in raising the quality and profile of its journalism and enhanceing its ability to generate revenue.

October 27, 2011 – Philanthropies can learn a lot from the film Moneyball. In order to succeed, philanthropies, like baseball teams, must rely on both objective and subjective analysis. Senior Partner Paul Connolly blogs for SSIR.

October 18, 2011 – Senior Partner and Chief Client Service Officer Paul Connolly recently attended the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations' "Growing Social Impact in a Networked World" conference. Paul blogs about the session he attended which focused on "Open Source Strategic Planning" on Beth's Blog.

August 18, 2011 – The Nonprofit Press highlights Associate Director Susan Misra's article in the Nonprofit Quarterly.

August 16, 2011 Senior Partner and Director of Research Peter York talks about why randomized control groups may not be the "gold standard" for designing and evaluating nonprofit programs in a blogpost for the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

August 4, 2011 – What Does Co-design of Capacity Building for Advocacy Organizations Really Mean?

July 24, 2011 – Why Grant Makers Must Lead With Their Hearts as Well as Their Heads

July 22, 2011 – Glass Pockets, an initiative of the Foundation Center, has launched a new blog, Transparency Talks, with Senior Vice President Paul Connolly guest blogging about digital media and his recent experience moderating a panel discussion at Yale School of Management's 2010 Philanthropy Conference.

July 14, 2011 – Training for Nonprofits That Sticks?

July 7, 2011 – The Limited Returns on Fundraising Support for Nonprofits

July 7, 2011 – Capacity Building in California to Create Change

June 28, 2011 – Associate Director, Chris Cardona is the guest blogger on the Foundation Center's blog, "Philantopic"; he reviews a recent event at the Foundation Center where TCC Senior Vice President Paul and other panel members discussed the role of foundations in the new economy.

June 2011 – Senior Partner and Chief Research and Learning Officer Peter York's article Transformative Organizational Change through Hybrid Capacity-Building: The North Penn Experiment (co-written with Russell Johnson, President and CEO of North Penn Community Health Foundation) has been published in the new edition of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal. The article hightlights cohort consulting and how TCC helped the North Penn Nonprofit Academy find a way to combine elements from across the spectrum of capacity-building efforts to achieve organizational behavior change much more cost-effectively than by simply assuming that there is one best way.

May 15, 2011 – Senior Partner and Chief Research and Learning Officer Peter York shares his this thoughts about "Pay For Success" bonds in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

May 12, 2011– Beth Kanter's blog highlights a round table discussion with Packard Program Officer Kathy Reich and TCC Group Senior Partner Paul Connolly about some of the preliminary findings from the Packard Foundation's "Goldmine" evaluation that analyzes 1300 capacity-building grants to find out how to improve impact.

April 13, 2011 – TCC Group Associate Director Chris Cardona recently moderated a panel at the Council on Foundations annual conference, focusing on foundation strategy. He shares his thoughts about the discussion of "who owns the solutions to the social problems" on the Council's blog, RE: Philanthropy.

March 24, 2011 – Senior Partner and Chief Research and Learning Officer Peter York discusses "For-Profit Directors at Nonprofits" in Directorship magazine and highlights how Directors can—and should—use the same core principles in both the for-profit and nonprofit realms.

March 8, 2011 – TCC Group President and CEO Richard Mittenthal highlights how donors supporting nonprofits should make sure that these organizations take steps to survive in the current economic climate in The Wealth Manager.

February 7, 2011 – Chronicle of Philanthropy - Richard Mittenthal was quoted in two features: "America's Biggest Donors Hit a New Low" and "America's Biggest Donors Dig Deep for Their Alma Maters." After viewing an advance copy of CoP, Crain's NY (online) also contacted Richard Mittenthal and quoted him in a piece on Feb. 7.

February 6, 2011 – President and CEO Richard Mittenthal is quoted in the Chronicle of Philanthropy's recent article "After a Frugal Year, 2011 May See a Jump in Top Donors' Giving".

January 6, 2011 – Director of Strategy, Anne Sherman discusses "Cohort Capacity Building: Is the Sector Ready?" on the SSIR blog.

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November 9, 2010 – President Richard Mittenthal comments on "Finding a Nonprofit Board That Fits: Four keys to identifying the nonprofit directorship that suits you best," on Businessweek's website. His article highlights the right reasons for joining a Board and what's expected of Board members.

October 13, 2010 – TCC Group President and CEO Richard Mittenthal talked with The Wealth Manager about how philanthropists are changing the way they interact with nonprofit organizations or established foundations. "Twenty five years ago," says Mittenthal, president "philanthropists would give money to "museums, the opera, or the United Way." Now, the number of nonprofits has "exploded," with 1.6 million nonprofits in the U.S., alone, a number that has doubled in the past several years. Whether a philanthropist intends to build an enduring institution that lasts beyond generations of family involvement or to give away all of their wealth within a generation, adopting business strategies and modeling can provide a clear path and help them achieve their goals. Read more.

July 9, 2010 – Philanthropy New York recently held a panel discussion to help funders consider how to strike their own balance between direct services and advocacy in a way that best matches their goals and achieves the greatest impact. Senior Consultant Ashley Blanchard shares her thoughts with Smart Assets.

May 4, 2010 – Families Make Bigger Impact Through Strategic Philanthropy: In a recent blog by Family Founded, TCC Group Associate Director of Philanthropy Ashley Blanchard discusses how family foundations can transform their grantmaking from scattershot to strategic.

May 2010 – Some nonprofit leaders argue that strategic planning is on its last legs. However, in the latest issue of the Philadelphia Social Innovations Journal, TCC Group Vice President Shelly Kessler says planning is far from obsolete.

April 14, 2010 – Read Senior Vice President Paul Connolly's guest blog "The End to a Technocratic Approach to Philanthropy" on Sean Stannard-Stockton's popular blog, Tactical Philanthropy.

December 2009 – Reimagining Service, a national organization that believes volunteerism can help solve some of society's most pressing problems, has published TCC Group's research summary that correlates strong volunteer management practices with overall organizational effectiveness in their Resource Guide on Volunteer Management Funding.

October 25, 2009 – United Way donations leap in Allegheny, Westmoreland counties, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

July 12, 2009 – Report Identifies Characteristics of Sustainable Nonprofits, Philanthropy News Digestz

July 6, 2009 – New Paper by TCC Group: The Sustainability Formula, NonprofitMaine

June 2009 – What Makes an Effective Advocacy Organization?, Advocacy Evaluation Update newsletter

December 11, 2008 – Princeton Settles Money Battle Over Gift, The New York Times

September 29, 2007 – Donors Gone, Trusts Veer From Their Wishes, The New York Times

June 2007 – Philanthropy Employees Help Guide Giving: This Can Be Bad News for Headquarters Cities, The Raleigh News & Observer

Spring 2007 – Foundation Trustees Continue Strategic Plan Process, Auto Dealers CARing for Kids Foundation Newsletter

September 2006 – Corporations Aim for Strategic Engagement, The Philanthropy Journal

March 2006 – Off the Shelf: A Funder's Guide to Evaluation Leveraging Evaluation to Improve Nonprofit Effectiveness, Philanthropy News Digest

December 2005 – Understanding How Nonprofit Groups Age, The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

August 2005 – Using Evaluation to Strengthen Nonprofit Performance, The Chronicle of Philanthropy