Leading for Impact®

Leading for Impact has elevated the level of our dialogue as a management team five to tenfold.
Phil Kilbridge, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco and
Leading for Impact San Francisco 2012 participant

Hear what participants have to say about Leading for Impact®


Nonprofit leaders are faced with navigating tough decisions every day, balancing ambitious goals for impact against constraints on time and resources. Bridgespan's executive team development program, Leading for Impact®, helps build the skills of nonprofit leadership teams to navigate those decisions by:

  • Aligning the team on a clear set of strategic and operational goals,
  • Increasing the team’s ability to drive action against those goals, and
  • Applying new tools and approaches to their organization’s highest priorities.

The Bridgespan Leadership Program: Leading for Impact® brings together executive directors/CEOs their senior team members from 10-12 nonprofit organizations to build capabilities on these critical dimensions.

The Leading for Impact® program

Leading for Impact is an opportunity to apply content and tools developed and used by The Bridgespan Group in its work advising hundreds of nonprofit clients, and to do so in partnership with a select group of nonprofit leaders. Hallmarks of the program include:
In-class workshops: During seven full-day class sessions led by senior Bridgespan facilitators, participating teams meet to discuss core concepts and practice applying new tools to their organizations’ specific circumstances. For each topic, teams consider their particular focus, map out steps for implementation, and receive material that can be shared with their staff immediately.

Active learning through projects: In addition to the monthly in-class workshops, each team undertakes a project designed to address a strategic or organizational priority. These projects build on concepts introduced during class workshops, but focus on the steps necessary to apply those concepts within your unique context.

One-on-one coaching: Supporting each team is a Bridgespan facilitator who acts as a mentor and coach as your team wrestles with critical questions, conducts research and begins to develop solutions.

Online tutorials: Each in-class workshop is preceded by an online mini-lecture and pre-work so that teams arrive at the workshops prepared to immediately dive into the nuances of key concepts and how to apply them to your organization.

Program format

Leading for Impact® takes place over the course of six months and includes full-group workshops every month, project-specific calls, and team coaching. Participants should expect to commit two to three days per month to the program overall.


Please contact us at Leadership@Bridgespan.org with any questions.

Thank you to our funders

We would like to thank Omidyar Network, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Deerbrook Charitable Trust for their generous support in developing and launching Leading for Impact.