Supporting Individuals and Families with Philanthropy Consulting

As a philanthropist, you understand the essential role your grantmaking plays in supporting nonprofits and NGOs committed to issues you care about. Your passion to make the world a better place drives your giving. But you also wrestle with making choices about how best to support the change you believe in.

We draw on more than 20 years of philanthropy consulting experience to help you fulfill your vision for social change. To meet your needs, we provide customized support, whether you are new to philanthropy, growing your portfolio, or revamping your strategy and goals.

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    Supporting Philanthropic Portfolios

    How can I put my philanthropic aspirations into action across my entire portfolio?
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    Making Big Bets

    How can I best make a multimillion-dollar commitment or grant to accelerate the impact of one or more organizations?
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    Collaborating with Other Funders

    How do I evaluate opportunities to join with other funders to advance social impact?
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    Strengthening Grantees

    How do I best help grantees understand and overcome barriers to increasing their impact?
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  • Supporting Community-wide Capacity BuildingIcon

    Supporting Community-wide Capacity Building

    How do I help nonprofits in my community strengthen their leadership and strategies through cohort-based learning?
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How We Center Equity in the Design of Our Work

We consider the role of equity in your strategy from the first conversation through implementation. We help every US-based client grapple with the role of structural racism in their service of impact. Our analyses, whether through interviewing an inclusive range of stakeholders or disaggregating impact data, seek to apply a racial equity lens to lend greater understanding of implications on communities of color. For clients around the world, we raise and analyze a range of equity considerations (including ethnicity, gender, and caste) that contribute to disparities in outcomes and understand their impact on vulnerable populations.

What Signe Ostby and Scott Cook Have to Say About Working With Bridgespan

“Bridgespan has been our trusted partner in aggressively expanding the scale and scope of our philanthropy. They work closely with us to hone our philanthropic strategies, then they do the follow through...doing the deal sourcing and diligence we need for crisp decisions. Their insights have multiplied our philanthropic impact—and it’s a lot more fun now with experts at our side.” 

Signe Ostby & Scott Cook
Valhalla Charitable Foundation

Individuals and Families Bridgespan Has Helped With Their Philanthropy

We have had the privilege of working with some of the most ambitious and generous individuals and families on their philanthropy. 


Bridgespan’s Areas of Expertise

We have experts in the most important fields relevant to creating a more equitable and just society, and practices that make organizations more effective.



Bridgespan's Philanthropy Consulting Experts