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Transportation Choices Coalition

Transportation Choices Coalition (TCC) brings Washingtonians more opportunities to take a bus, catch a train, walk and bike. They align different interests from across the state to work toward a common goal — more transportation choices that get you where you need to go. SVP has supported TCC since 2013, both through our multi-year capacity building grants and through our collective action grants.

Total Giving: $184,500

Executive Director: Shefali Ranganathan (LinkedIn)
SVP Lead Partner:
Rich Gary

SVP’s Impact — In Their Words

Shefali Ranganathan shares how SVP Partner, Raquel Russell used her White House marketing savvy to humanize TCC’s communications.

Strengthening Transportation Choices Coalition

In partnership with SVP, TCC tackles projects like:

  • Fund Development: Developing a multi-year fundraising plan focused on major donors and corporate sponsorships (worked with SVP Partners Ali Friedman and Jeff Wilcox)
  • Program Evaluation: Developing a better system for measuring and evaluating TCC’s programs to determine whether its resources are being utilized most effectively to achieve its goals (worked with paid consultant Sarah Brandt, whose time was funded in part by SVP)
  • Human Resources: Creating a clearer, more robust and actionable evaluation process for the executive director  that effectively engages board members (worked with SVP Partner Christine Martin)
  • Finance: Evaluating current financial reserve policies, strengthening reserve protocols, and exploring options for investing reserves that allows for flexibility but increases our investment yield (worked with SVP Partner Dennis Gibb)

More Stories about TCC

Q&A with TCC Lead Partner Rich Gary

Ever wonder what it’s like to volunteer as a lead partner for an SVP Investee? Rich Gary has worked with Transportation Choices Coalition (TCC) for the past three years. In that time TCC helped reduce transit fare for low-income riders and expand the light rail from downtown Seattle to the University District.

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Getting around just got a whole lot easier thanks to TCC

Transportation Choices Coalition has been at the forefront of the movement pushing for improved public transportation since 1993. Following the opening of two new Light Rail extensions this week, they’re ready to take public transit to entirely new heights.

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Speaking transit: SVP Partner brings White House marketing savvy to TCC

"She approached the problem like she was handling an Obama administration issue,” says Transportation Choices Coalition Executive Director, Shefali Ranganathan. “It was the same level of commitment.” Shefali is referring to SVP Partner, Racquel Russell who volunteered to help TCC hone their communications. Hear about their work together in this short video!

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Navigating the Transit Rollercoaster

Dozens of bus routes poised for a dramatic drop. A startling 180 degree flip from preserving to expanding service. And then … a final surge of yes votes in November. Find out how a mapping project helped Transportation Choices Coalition and their partners navigate last year's harrowing ride to secure transit for all.

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SVP Invests $170k in Collective Action for Kids and Livable Communities

In the last year, SVP’s Collective Action Teams gave $170,000 in grants towards equitable transit, livable communities, and education in King County – bringing our total investment in collective action to $350,000 since 2012. Though this work, SVP is helping nonprofits engage more effectively in collective efforts, while simultaneously working with other funders to walk the talk – aligning and coordinating our investments for greater impact.

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Welcome Transportation Choices Coalition!

I look a bit like Mrs. Gulch on my bike. It’s one of those upright numbers, milk crate on the back, built for cruising to the chorus of: “On your left!” from my Spandex-clad compatriots. Despite this, biking gives me an unparalleled sense of freedom, which is why I am personally delighted to welcome our newest Investee, Transportation Choices Coalition!

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