We think of nonprofit measurement, evaluation, and learning as decision-making tools, and we bring a racial and global equity lens to all of our measurement work. These tools are most effective when used organization-wide and when they incorporate measurement of programs, finance, operations, and leadership. We have helped clients answer questions such as:
As a funder, you may wrestle both with internal measurement concerns as well as how to help grantees measure their progress toward stated goals. We can provide guidance on a variety of topics, such as:
We collaborate with impact investors across a range of asset classes—from market-rate private equity to below-market rate “catalytic” investments where there are higher levels of financial risk or expected lower returns. We tailor our support to meet your needs as you seek help with questions such as:
“SHOFCO worked with the Bridgespan team in Johannesburg to design a 5-year strategic plan that expands the SHOFCO Urban Network (SUN) community organizing platform towards a goal of one million slum residents, or, the critical mass necessary to achieve urban slum transformation across Kenya. This new strategic plan put an emphasis on SHOFCO's community organizing work (versus SHOFCO's long track record in service delivery), and pushed us to think creatively about how to develop a comprehensive M&E framework that substantiates systemic change at a slum-level and nationwide.”
Chief of Staff, SHOFCO
Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) is a Kenyan grassroots movement that catalyzes large-scale transformation in urban informal settlements where inhabitants have inadequate housing and basic services—“slums,” as the United Nations calls them. SHOFCO provides critical services for all, community advocacy platforms, and education and leadership development for women and girls. Bridgespan helped to articulate SHOFCO’s new vision for transforming those settlements, centered on scaling its community organizing platform to enable one million residents of 20 urban slums across Kenya to shape their agenda and hold stakeholders to account in meeting their needs. We helped to translate this new vision into a strategic measurement and evaluation framework that will help SHOFCO track and manage progress toward its goals.
"We worked with Bridgespan in 2015 to design a five-year plan for growth that built on our core equities but allowed us to expand our impact in dramatic ways. It went so well that we re-engaged with their team this year to evaluate our work, setting the stage for our next period of growth and impact."
Former President & CEO of TGR Foundation, A Tiger Woods Charity
TGR Foundation seeks to empower underserved students to pursue their passions through education. The foundation engaged Bridgespan to help steer decisions around if and how it might change practices to maximize impact. We worked with the foundation to write a five-year operational plan containing strategic priorities, funding plans, milestones, and a learning agenda. We also identified performance measurement metrics to track intermediate outcomes and key performance indicators. The foundation used the measurement metrics to experiment and adapt its programs to better meet the needs of its students.
“Bridgespan's work is practical, execution-oriented, and courageous. I believe their contributions to The Rise Fund will advance the field of impact investing and our collective desire to measure and manage towards greater impact.”
Senior Partner, The Rise Fund
The Rise Fund was launched in 2016 as a $1 billion impact fund managed by TPG Growth. Rise engaged Bridgespan to ensure that impact remained at the forefront of its investments. Working together, we developed a data-driven approach and framework to project anticipated social or environmental impact before closing on an investment. Rise has used this new methodology to invest more than $1 billion in 30 companies, 15 in emerging markets. It closed the first fund at $2 billion and has announced a second impact fund.