ADVOCACY CORE CAPACITY ASSESSMENT TOOL (A-CCAT)
This paper provides an outline of TCC Group's Advocacy Core Capacity Assessment Tool, which is used to gain an understanding of what capacity to build and how to measure it. There are two fundamental premises upon which a framework of organizational capacities for advocacy organizations is based: 1) Advocacy organizations and those doing advocacy programs are nonprofits/NGOs. As such, general capacities related to the nonprofit sector are applicable; and 2) Advocacy organizations are engaged in a process leading to outcomes around framing issues, providing visibility for those issues, and affecting public policy decisions on those issues. As such, there are capacities unique to advocacy organizations to effectively engage in strategies that affect those outcomes. Download the paper.
THE SUSTAINABILITY FORMULA
The size of a nonprofit's operating budget is not necessarily the best metric for determining its sustainability. This could not be more apparent in the current economic climate where many nonprofits have to make tough decisions about cutting programs and staff or shutting their doors altogether. TCC Group conducted a statistical analysis of the factors that correlate to organizational sustainability for approximately 700 nonprofit organizations that used its Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT). The paper highlights the three main factors that best predict a nonprofit's sustainability: leadership, adaptability, and program capacity. Download the paper.
GENDER AND SALARY INEQUITY IN THE NONPROFIT SECTOR
TCC Group's research shows that while women leaders outperform men in nearly every way, they are not equally compensated.
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What is the organizational capacity of Los Angeles County nonprofits? What types of capacity building do they most need to enhance their effectiveness? What kind and quality of capacity-building services are they receiving? And how are funders helping to strengthen—or hinder—nonprofit organizational performance? To help answer these questions, the Weingart Foundation retained TCC Group to conduct a study of nonprofit capacity-building needs and services in Los Angeles County. Through surveys, phone interviews, focus groups, and objective assessments, TCC heard from over 1600 nonprofit, capacity-building, and philanthropic leaders in the region.
Research gleaned from TCC Group's Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) confirms that nonprofits use volunteers to become much more effective. Learn more.
Using the Core Capacity Assessment Tool (CCAT) data, TCC Group, in partnership with The Center for American Progress, researched volunteerism in conjunction with a story about how federal programs to help American youth enter the workforce and serve our country are key to our national economic competitiveness.