Your mission is to improve the environment. But with so many players pursuing a similar path, it’s important for your organization to define its unique role, including its relationship to funders. Our consulting teams can help your organization address important questions like the following:
You care about our planet and the legacy we are leaving future generations. Investing in the fragmented environmental field can be complex and daunting. Often, multiple global actors are addressing discrete and overlapping elements of environmental problems. You may need help creating a strategy that fits the pieces together to have the greatest impact. Bridgespan’s philanthropy consulting teams can help you find solutions to your priority issues:
National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit committed to using the power of science, exploration, education, and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonders of our world. The organization went through a significant transition in 2015, when leaders executed a joint venture with 21st Century Fox that divided it into two entities: National Geographic Partners, a for-profit media company; and National Geographic Society, an NGO. National Geographic Society engaged Bridgespan to work with senior team members in a series of retreats to develop impact goals around its three focus areas: education, storytelling, and science and exploration. Bridgespan has continued to work with National Geographic Society through the subsequent buyout of National Geographic Partners by Disney and support refinement of their strategy given the new partnership with Disney.
ClimateWorks Foundation is a global platform for philanthropy to innovate and accelerate climate solutions that scale. They deliver global programs and services that equip philanthropy with the knowledge, networks, and solutions to drive climate progress. ClimateWorks engaged Bridgespan to help update its strategy and align its operating model to match its evolving goals. A Bridgespan team collaborated with ClimateWorks’ executive team on a strategic refresh with a focus on its unique value proposition and distinctive products and services. Bridgespan also worked with ClimateWorks leadership to design an updated organizational structure and identified the executive team’s top priorities to increase overall effectiveness.
The scale of environmental problems today requires a strong field that is connected, highly effective, and capable of meeting evolving challenges. Mosaic, a participatory grantmaking collaborative launched in 2018, invests in movement infrastructure to better support people working for clean air and water, a safe climate, healthy and just communities, and protection of our natural systems. Mosaic engaged Bridgespan in a strategic planning process to define and “field test” its unique vision, develop its collaborative structure and operating model, build its budget and implementation plan, and support extensive co-design work with environmental and justice organizations and advocates.
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