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At a Glance

Uppers

“Focus on social impact.”

“Talented and passionate colleagues and clients.”

“Flexibility and support of professional development.”

Downers

“Lower pay than for-profit sector.”

“Fifty/fifty staffing model feels hard to sustain.”

“Hierarchy can be frustrating at times.”

The Buzz

“A leader in the non-profit consulting space.”

“Meaningful work.”

“Excellent team and IP.”

About The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group is a global consulting firm that serves nonprofit organizations, NGOs, impact investing, and philanthropic groups. The firm collaborates with mission-driven leaders to break cycles of poverty and dramatically improve the quality of life for those in need. The firm's services include consulting to nonprofits and philanthropists, leadership development support, and developing and sharing insights.

A History Lesson

The Bridgespan Group was founded in 1999 by Bain & Company alumni Thomas Tierney, Jeffrey Bradach, and Paul Carttar out of a desire to help nonprofit, NGO, and philanthropic organizations scale their impact. While Bain provided some of Bridgespan’s initial funding and employees, the firms agreed to be separate, but allied, entities. The Boston office was opened in 2000, and before the year was out, the firm had also opened a San Francisco location. Now the firm has over two hundred and seventy employees, and has added locations in New York City and Mumbai.

Today, the Bridgespan Group is led by co-founder and managing partner Jeffrey L. Bradach. Bradach left his post at Harvard Business School’s Organizational Behavior and Social Enterprise Initiative department, where he was a professor, in order to start the firm. He is widely regarded as a thought leader in nonprofit strategy, social sector leadership, and philanthropy, and is a regular inclusion on Nonprofit Times’ annual Power and Influence Top 50 list.

Helping Others Help Others

Bridgespan’s mission began as—and still is—a dedication to tackling some of society’s toughest issues, including the breaking the cycle of poverty. In fact, the firm’s approach was the subject of two case studies by Harvard Business School. Their core areas of expertise include education; children, youth, and families; public health; and global development. The services that the firm extends toward these groups include consulting to nonprofits, NGOS, impact investors and philanthropists, supporting leadership development, and developing and sharing insights. Some of their representative clients include: The YMCA, The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Sesame Street Workshop, The Salvation Army, The Alzheimer’s Association, Blue Meridian Partners and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, among many others.

In the News

2019

The Rise Fund Spin-Off Marks Growth of Impact Investing, Barron’s 1/24/2019

U.S. private equity firm TPG and U2 star Bono’s announcement earlier this week that they have created a new organization for measuring the social and environmental returns of investments appears to be a signal of growing investor demand for tools to assess impact.

Y Analytics, a private benefit corporation (meaning it legally can do good as well as deliver returns to shareholders) is being spun out of The Rise Fund, a $2 billion impact investing fund managed by TPG Growth and the social impact advisory firm Bridgespan Group. Bono is a co-founder alongside several well-known philanthropists, including Jeff Skoll, former president of eBay.

Big philanthropy could fuel the Green New Deal—if it learns to listen, Fast Company 6/26/2019

To make the biggest impact on environmental sustainability and social justice, wealthy funders need to take a step back and let movement leaders—who have been working on these issues for years—take the lead.

2018

4 Ways to Make Giving Large Donations to Small Group Easier, New York Times 11/23/2018

Wealthy donors have staff, money and time to focus on how to invest large donation, but smaller organizations could adversely affect smaller nonprofits.

Four Pathways to Greater Giving report published, November 2018

Despite their aspirations, ultra-wealthy American families donated just 1.2 percent of their assets to charity in 2017. To help them achieve more with their philanthropy, The Bridgespan Group, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, explored what impedes giving to social-change efforts and how four pathways could potentially double the flow of funding to initiatives that could benefit millions. 

The Bridgespan Group

2 Copley Place
7th Floor, Suite 3700B
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 572-2833

Stats

Employer Type: Private Non Profit
Managing Partner and Co-founder: Jeffrey L. Bradach
2019 Employees (All Locations): 273

Major Office Locations

Boston, MA
New York, NY
San Francisco, CA
Mumbai, India

Major Departments & Practices

Children, Youth, & Families
Education
Global Development
Philanthropy
Public Health
Impact Investing