Big Bets

Partnership, Risk-Taking, and Innovation in Philanthropy

Multimillion-dollar philanthropic investments are a powerful way to advance social change. Yet there aren't many such big bets. While social change dominates major donors' objectives, only 20 percent of big-bet dollars go to such causes. We seek to catalyze a significant increase in the number of big bets devoted to inequities.

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Impact Investing

Putting the Impact in Impact Investing

Some of the highest-impact social advances of the past century involved significant private capital, alongside government and philanthropic funds.

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Leadership Development

Attract, Develop, and Retain Skilled Talent

Strong leadership is the bedrock of strong organizations, enabling them to achieving superior results. Yet, most nonprofits struggle to find the resources, know-how, and time to implement effective leadership recruiting, development, and retention programs. Drawing from experience, Bridgespan offers practical advice to help nonprofits build the systems and processes to develop strong individual leaders and teams to carry out their missions.

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Pay What It Takes to Get Results

Delivering Outcomes that Matter

While funders invest in programs and services, the underpinnings of those programs—organizational infrastructure and financial health—suffer from neglect. Strong organizations deliver outcomes that matter when they receive funding to pay what it takes to achieve results.

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Transformative Scale

Serving Isn't Enough — Let's Start Solving

Nonprofit leaders and philanthropists have developed effective social programs over the past decade. Yet even the most successful programs reach only a fraction of those in need. Bridging this gap requires new strategies, new forms of collaboration, new platforms for learning and spreading what works, and new funding models. We seek to increase the number of problems being addressed at a population-level of scale.

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