Global Development

Deep social issues besiege disadvantaged populations beyond US borders: poverty; indifference for human rights and equal opportunity; inadequate access to health care, shelter, food, water, and education; and many more. Bridgespan's global development work aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged populations outside the US by helping emerging philanthropies and social sectors accelerate their development and maximize the impact of their programs.

Our Work

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women: Strategy for Impact

Goldman Sachs launched the largest global philanthropic initiative in its history in March 2008.  Bridgespan assisted Goldman Sachs in developing clear and precise goals, and a strategy for creating the greatest possible social impact with this historic investment.

Landesa: Scaling What Works

At Bridgespan, we believe in identifying the most powerful strategies an organization could pursue to increase impact dramatically. Bridgespan worked with Landesa (formerly known as the Rural Development Institute) to develop a clear path to achieve scale and arrive at its ultimate vision.

Rare: Funding and Sustainability

Bridgespan worked with Rare Conservation to develop a sustainable funding model that would enable the organization to double in size and expand its programs to communities across the globe.

Featured Content

Designing for Transformative Scale: Global Lessons in What Works

Sector leaders around the globe are on a quest to dramatically scale the impact—not the size—of their organizations and programs. In this Rotman School of Management magazine article, the authors explore nine strategies global organizations are using to address massive unmet needs. Regardless of the strategy, three principles stand out as indispensable for laying the groundwork for transformative scale.

Stop Starving Scale: Unlocking the Potential of Global NGOs

Generous funders have fueled the spectacular growth of global NGOs in recent years. But the money comes with strings that thwart these organizations’ ability to create the platforms for scale needed to solve global problems.

Growing Global NGOs Effectively

Most NGOs grapple with the challenge of balancing expansion and organizational coher­ence. This article published in Monday Developments Magazine shares the stories of a number of global NGOs that have addressed this challenge and have effectively grown their organizations.

Measurement as Learning: What Nonprofit CEOs, Board Members, and Philanthropists Need to Know to Keep Improving

Measurement has become an increasingly hot topic as more funders want to know how their money is being used and as nonprofits undertake evaluations to prove that their programs work. But one of the most important uses of measurement is to improve performance, or performance measurement.

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