Reflecting on the past 15 years, we are filled with gratitude: for the remarkable individuals and organizations we have been privileged to serve; for the opportunities Bridgespan has had to contribute to amazing stories of impact, such as those shared in this annual report; and for our colleagues and alumni, who have devoted themselves to helping impressive leaders pursue their ambitious goals.
The last few years have been especially exciting. We launched Leading for Impact®, a blended consulting and executive team development program that enables Bridgespan to serve cohorts of nonprofits in their home communities. Working with a group of leading funders and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, we are currently engaging with the leadership teams of 40 organizations in Atlanta. We will be launching new cohorts in Seattle and Washington, D.C. later this year. We opened an office in Mumbai, in partnership with Bain & Company, to contribute to and leverage learning from the remarkable work of India’s philanthropists and NGOs. We launched multiyear initiatives to deepen and accelerate action around a set of core ideas: philanthropic big bets; transformative scale; talent pipelines; and “paying for results” (avoiding the nonprofit starvation cycle). We added Impact Labs to our portfolio. This new capability, incorporating design thinking, enables us to convene, engage and mobilize leaders, so that they can achieve more innovative and collaborative outcomes faster. Lastly, we greatly expanded our work with individual donors interested in making “big bets for social change.”
Looking ahead, we remain inspired by the same vision that has animated Bridgespan since its founding: helping to find and share solutions to society’s most important challenges and opportunities. We continue to search for new ways to increase the impact of this vital work – with those we serve directly, and through knowledge and engagement that extends the insights from on-the-ground efforts to audiences around the world.
The trust our clients, partners and funders have placed in us is extraordinary. We are humbled and profoundly grateful for their support and for the recently redoubled commitment of a group of core Bridgespan funders who make possible our strategies to dramatically scale our impact. As we open this new chapter, we are proud of what Bridgespan has contributed to society in the past 15 years and remain energized by the work yet to be done. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with amazing people who are leading social change and are committed to helping make the world a better place for all.