Education nonprofits and NGOs deliver services and advocate for lasting systemic change–against a backdrop of continually declining resources. We collaborate with visionary leaders and teams to accelerate progress towards equitable outcomes, working side by side to help answer questions—such as the following—about overcoming barriers to progress.
Funders face challenges in identifying how best to use their resources to pursue their goals. We listen to your philanthropic ambitions, partnering with you to engage communities and learn from stakeholders with various experiences and vantage points—including students, parents, educators, researchers, and field and community leaders—and then provide you with options tailored to your goals. We steward your decision-making process, and help answer questions, such as those below:
“There are a few moments in the history of any organization that its leaders can point to and say, ‘This changed our trajectory.’ Working with Bridgespan has been, for EdFuel, one those times.”
Former Chief Executive Officer, EdFuel
The Raikes Foundation sought to develop an innovative education initiative to transform the experiences and outcomes of students of color and those from low-income families. Bridgespan collaborated with the Raikes team to develop a strategy to dismantle structural and systemic inequity in schools and create equitable learning environments for all students–regardless of race or class. The resulting Building Equitable Learning Environments Network comprises a diverse group of leading school support nonprofits deploying continuous improvement approaches to accelerate learning through practice. The network is now entering its next phase and expanding to engage districts.
"Bridgespan has been an invaluable partner in the Raikes Foundation’s work to foster environments that cultivate learning mindsets and skills for students—particularly those of color and from low-income backgrounds. With Bridgespan's collaboration and expertise, we translated our aspirations into an actionable strategy that will work as well for us as for our grantees and partners.”
Jeff and Tricia Raikes
We conduct research and share our insights on the promise of education to improve the lives of those who are most vulnerable. Our articles appear in publications such as the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and on our website.