We provide a full range of consulting and advisory services customized to your needs. We listen to your philanthropic ambitions and provide you with options ranging from targeted problem solving to long-term outsourced support. You control the decisions. Our services include:
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.
“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.”
Bridgespan has worked with the Valhalla Charitable Foundation—the philanthropy of Scott Cook (founder of Intuit) and Signe Ostby (who has done strategic marketing and product management for Proctor & Gamble, IBM, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and others)—to set the strategy for and scale their philanthropic giving. We have helped by conducting rigorous due diligence on potential funding opportunities and regularly evaluating the impact of their philanthropic portfolio. Over the past few years, Bridgespan has helped Valhalla build a vibrant portfolio of more than 30 organizations in four core areas:
We have had the privilege of working with some of the most ambitious and generous individuals and families on their philanthropy.
We conduct research and share our insights on the power of philanthropy. Our insights have been published by Stanford Social Innovation Review, Harvard Business Review, the Chronicle of Philanthropy and are available on our website.
Color-blind grantmaking, even when grounded in a well-meaning attempt at equity, is the crux of the problem.
We have experts in the most important fields relevant to creating a more equitable and just society, and practices that make organizations more effective.
Partner and Incoming Head of US Advisory
Co-founder and Co-chair