Our Mission: We work to build a better world by strengthening the ability of mission-driven organizations and philanthropists to achieve breakthrough results in addressing society’s most important challenges and opportunities.

About Us

The Bridgespan Group is a global nonprofit organization that collaborates with mission-driven leaders, organizations, philanthropists, and investors to break cycles of poverty and dramatically improve the quality of life for those in need.

We are passionate about helping to find solutions to ensure equal opportunity and core human and civil rights. To achieve these objectives, we concentrate our efforts on four broad fields: education; children, youth, and families; public health; and global development.

Our services include consulting to nonprofits and philanthropists, leadership development support, and developing and sharing insights—all with the goal of scaling social impact. What we learn from collaborating closely with social sector leaders, complemented by rigorous research, we share broadly to advance social change.

The "bridge" in Bridgespan denotes our ability to connect and learn from the social and business sectors, donors and grantees, and ideas and practice. We pursue this work with humility, rigor, and focus on impact; and with a staff that is both exceptionally talented and deeply experienced in the social sector.

As a client and an investor, I can say with certainty that Bridgespan is best in class. Their work is customized to client needs and rigorous in delivering results. Bridgespan helps turn philanthropic aspirations into high-impact reality.

Julian Robertson, Robertson Foundation

Bridgespan has been a critical partner for 15 years, helping the Harlem Children's Zone turn innovative ideas into innovative programs to help thousands of children and families. Much of what we have done has been without precedent, Bridgespan was invaluable in helping us move through uncharted territory. Through their thoughtful counsel, we rolled out initiatives that are now models for organizations across the country.

Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children's Zone

Since its founding in 1999, Bridgespan has served hundreds of individual nonprofits, both small and large, as well as dozens of foundations and individual philanthropists. It has drawn on its client engagements extensively to extend to the public the reach of the strategic and problem-solving knowledge it has gained from serving those organizations and individuals. Bridgespan's talented consultants have thereby generated an impressive, ever-growing mine of evidence-based, highly useful, insight-filled, pragmatic knowledge for America's civic sector.

Joel L. Fleishman, President of Atlantic Philanthropic Service Company, the United States Program Staff of Atlantic Philanthropies, from 1993 to 2001 Professor of Law and Public Policy and Director of the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society in Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy, 2001 to the present

Our Values

The Bridgespan Group's values are grounded in our mission.


We work as a team within Bridgespan and with our clients. We share what we know and try to align our efforts with those of others who are dedicated to achieving social impact.


We listen to and learn from our clients, funders, and one another. We value diverse perspectives and strive to incorporate them in our work. We act with humility, certain we have as much to learn as to contribute.


Good choices are grounded in good information. We value facts and feedback, speak our minds, and understand that hard choices and difficult tradeoffs are often necessary.


We value performance and results. We set and hold ourselves accountable for high standards.


We are committed to making a difference through our work. We seek to understand what can be, not simply what is.
As a mission-driven organization, Bridgespan understands the importance of our clients' values and beliefs. Our people are deeply passionate about the work they do and
the opportunity to create a better world.

Visit our most recent online annual report for details about our organization