The Bridgespan Africa Initiative collaborates with foundations and trusts, individuals, impact investors, and corporations (CSR) to start, expand, or reorient their philanthropy. We support donors and investors seeking to increase the impact and scale of their giving and make their philanthropy more strategic and effective. Our team also serves philanthropic collaboratives at the conception, design, and implementation stages.
Our primary areas of focus include education, health and nutrition, livelihoods, community engagement and empowerment. Additionally, we are experienced in women’s entrepreneurship, sanitation and hygiene; opportunities for refugee and host communities; and resource conservation. Within each of these areas, we pursue our work with the goal of enhancing social impact and a passion to bring about equity of opportunity.
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The Bridgespan Africa Initiative believes that big ideas and actionable insights can change thinking, shape debates, and inspire action. Our global research has appeared in journals and media outlets including Stanford Social Innovation Review, Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, African philanthropists gave seven times the annual average number of large gifts for the previous decade.
This research brief analyzes donations of $1 million or more in five countries in Sub-Saharan Africa by donors both based in Africa and giving to African causes.
The Engine 1/Engine 2 concept can help nonprofits navigate the tension between continuing to run their core programs (Engine 1), while investing in innovation (Engine 2).