January 10, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions about Bridgespan

Does Bridgespan offer funding to organizations or individuals?

No. Bridgespan itself is a nonprofit; we work with philanthropic and nonprofit organizations but do not provide funding to those organizations.

Can Bridgespan put me or my organization in contact with a funder?

As you might expect, we are not in a position to share details about our clients’ philanthropic processes nor substantively engage with nonprofit organizations seeking support. This is meant to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest between our work supporting nonprofits and our work to support donors (see our conflict of interest policy for further details). You can also learn more about finding grants on candid.org.

I've found a fraudulent site about how to get funding from one of your clients. What should I do?

If you believe you have found a fraudulent web site or received fraudulent communications, we ask that you not click on any links and report these instances to the proper authorities. Bridgespan staff send emails only from addresses ending in bridgespan.org or bridgespan-social-impact.com. Email from any other domain claiming to be official Bridgespan communications will be fraudulent. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the main agency that collects scam reports in the United States. You can report the scam to the FTC online or by phone at 1-877-382-4357. Additionally, you can report fake websites, emails, malware, and other internet scams to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. If you have been affected by a scam outside the United States, please report those through econsumer.gov and/or contact your local authorities. 

Does Bridgespan offer fundraising consulting? 

No, Bridgespan provides strategy consulting and advising, sourcing and diligence, and leadership team support. We are not a fundraising consultancy. 

I'm a reporter. Can I interview someone from or get more details about Bridgespan?

Please contact our Senior Director of Media and Conferences, Liz London, at [email protected] and provide details about your topic, deadline, and for whom you are working on the piece. 

Would someone at Bridgespan be willing to speak at our event?

Our Senior Director of Media and Conferences, Liz London, can help with these requests as well. Send an email to [email protected] for assistance. 

How can I apply for a job as a consultant at Bridgespan?

We post all open positions on our Bridgespan Careers page. In the United States, our recruiting season for associate consultants and consultants typically begins in the fall. Other roles open on a rolling basis throughout the year. For more details and answer to other questions, including hiring timelines for our non-U.S. offices, please visit our Applicant Toolkit

Will Bridgespan sponsor employment visas?

At this time The Bridgespan Group will not sponsor any visas. We also are unable to support the OPT Training Visa, as this visa will require future sponsorship from an employer.

Does Bridgespan offer internships?

In the U.S., we are currently offering a Consultant MBA/MPP summer internship through our long-standing partnerships with Management Leadership for Tomorrow and The Consortium Graduate School of Management. Recruiting timeline will be posted in the Spring on each program’s site.

Who is the parent company of The Bridgespan Group? Is Bridgespan owned by Bain & Company?

The Bridgespan Group is a fully independent, social impact advisor to mission-driven organizations and philanthropy. Originally incubated at Bain & Company, Bridgespan and Bain are separate, independent organizations with no legal affiliation. The close relationship between the two, however, has been a key factor in Bridgespan’s history and development. In addition to having incubated Bridgespan and committing more than $2 million in seed capital and other grants, Bridgespan retains a close relationship with Bain. Bain consultants have the option to apply to Bridgespan for a six-month temporary assignment or “externship,” for example.

How big is Bridgespan? How many employees work at Bridgespan?

Bridgespan currently has approximately 500 employees across our six global offices.

If you have additional questions, please feel to contact us at [email protected].

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