Organizational Profile

Bridgespan Group


The Bridgespan Group collaborates with mission-driven leaders and organizations to accelerate breakthrough social impact. A nonprofit ourselves, we share our clients’ passion for building a better world. We work directly with clients to help them achieve outstanding results. We also develop tools and insights that organizations across the social sector can use to help them more powerfully pursue their missions. Rigorous thinking and analysis and deep social sector experience are hallmarks of Bridgespan’s work. We help social sector leaders scale the impact of their organizations, build the capacity of their leadership, advance the effectiveness of their philanthropy, and accelerate their learning. Our clients work to address society’s most important challenges in three critical issue areas: expanding pathways of opportunity for disadvantaged populations, the pursuit of environmental sustainability, and civic engagement. Our services include strategy consulting, executive search, leadership development, philanthropy advising, and developing and sharing insights.

How We Work

Rigorous approach: We employ data-driven approaches to help clients address their most important challenges. Our measure of success is the extent to which the leaders with whom we work are able to significantly increase their results.

Shared passion: Like the clients with whom we collaborate, the Bridgespan Group is a mission-driven nonprofit organization. We have a passion for the work of our clients – and the work of making the world a better place.

Deep social sector experience:

  • We have been focused solely on helping social sector leaders drive results since our founding in 2000. We have had the privilege of working with many of the sector’s most innovative leaders and organizations on the most significant social change efforts of the last decade.
  • We work with both social sector leaders and the funders who support them, because we know it takes the appropriate blend of strategy, capital, and talent to drive results.
  • We bridge big ideas with what it takes to produce real change — on the ground, in organizations, and against critical social and environmental issues.
  • We are professionals with expertise in both functional areas (leadership and organizational development, nonprofit funding, strategy, measurement) and substantive domains (education, youth development, environment, public health and global development). Our teams have significant experience with a broad range of organizations and challenges.

Bridgespan has launched a website – – to coincide with the publication of the book Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, written by Bridgespan co-founder Tom Tierney and Joel Fleishman. The website is intended to help donors make better decisions and get better results from their philanthropy. The site collects and shares effective practices, including case studies, practical guides, and other decision-making tools. Materials will be contributed by Bridgespan, informed by its client work over the last ten years, as well as by outstanding leaders in the field including the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, the Philanthropy Roundtable and The Philanthropic Initiative, among many others.

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Target Audience: Program staff, Executive staff, Financial staff, Trustees, Donors, Advisors

Services Provided: Consulting, Resources, Training

Geographic Scope: Local, State, National, Global

Target Organizations: Community foundation, Public foundation, Donor advised, Corporate grantmaker, Family foundation, Independent, Operating foundation, Giving circle

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