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Developing & Retaining the Next Generation of Nonprofit Leaders

Jacob Harold

Improving Philanthropy's Transparency

Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation: Steven Cohen’s Commitment to Veterans

Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation

Steven Cohen’s Commitment to Veterans

Don Howard

Expanding Opportunities for Californians

Harlem Children’s Zone: Doing “Whatever it Takes” to Help Young People

Harlem Children’s Zone

Doing “Whatever it Takes” to Help Young People

Matt Forti: Helping African Farmers Improve Productivity

Matt Forti

Helping African Farmers Improve Productivity

Goldman Sachs <em>10,000 Women</em> Initiative: Global Measuring & Learning: Investing in Women

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative

Global Measuring & Learning: Investing in Women

The Next Step: Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy

A New Approach to Financing the Nonprofit Sector

Leading for Impact

Strengthening Leadership Teams for Greater Impact

EdFuel

Creating a Culture of Leadership Development, One School at a Time

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation: A Bold Philanthropic Innovator

The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation

A Bold Philanthropic Innovator

Mumbai Office: Bridgespan Advances Its Global Mission

Mumbai Office

Bridgespan Advances Its Global Mission

Youth Villages

Radically Transforming the Child Welfare Landscape

J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation

Catalyzing Change for Children & Communities

Betting Big on Social Change: Helping to Restore the American Dream

Betting Big on Social Change

Helping to Restore the American Dream

YMCA of the USA

Leveraging the Power and Impact of National Networks

Tostan: Community-Led Change of Harmful Social Norms

Tostan

Community-Led Change of Harmful Social Norms

GIVE SMART: Philanthropy That Gets Results: Investing in Social Impact

GIVE SMART: Philanthropy That Gets Results

Investing in Social Impact

Transformative Scale

Pursuing Impact at a Transformative Scale

Amy Saxton: Helping High School Students Succeed

Amy Saxton

Helping High School Students Succeed

Memphis “Teacher Town”: Collaborating to Improve Low-Performing Schools

Memphis “Teacher Town”

Collaborating to Improve Low-Performing Schools

To our colleagues and friends…

For the Bridgespan team, 2015 saw a variety of important learning advancements. We increased our focus—both in our consulting and knowledge work—on the power of philanthropic “big bets” to push forward social change. Bridgespan research has shown that while a majority of America’s biggest donors list a social change objective as their most important goal, only 20 percent of reported big bets (those of $10 million or more) went to such causes. We are exploring ways to help ambitious philanthropists and nonprofits who want to effect great social change through research and deep collaboration to understand and overcome barriers to betting big and moving the needle on society’s most important problems.

We opened our first office outside the United States—in Mumbai, India, with tremendous support from Bain & Company, Omidyar Network®, Steve and Roberta Denning and three philanthropists from India. We believe that it will be impossible for anyone to find best practices or identify solutions to major problems without engaging with innovators from across the global landscape. The social sector is at an exciting point in India, with a growing focus on results and scale and an extraordinary range of nonprofits and philanthropists doing innovative work. India, with a rising NGO sector, is a crucible for the next wave of global solutions. There is a lot we can learn.

In our practice areas, we continued to collaborate with leaders to address important opportunities for impact. For example, in K-12 education, one of the critical challenges is hiring and retaining great leaders and administrators. We worked with the education nonprofit EdFuel to examine how charter school networks and public school districts could develop talent from the inside, creating a culture of leadership development. In collaboration with EdFuel, we published a report that highlighted the potential of home grown leadership, and partnered on a nine-month project that brought together leaders of some of the nation’s highest performing charter school management organizations to look at leadership development opportunities within their own organizations. We also worked closely with the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation to conduct research that shines a light on the importance of investing in early childhood education (ECE) to realize the potential return from focusing on this critical stage of life.

Leading for Impact®, the blended consulting and executive team development program that enables Bridgespan to serve cohorts of nonprofit leaders in their home communities is taking off and has expanded to three cities in 2015 - Atlanta, Seattle, and D.C. There are two more cities on the horizon and gearing up for launch in 2016.

What ties these diverse strands together—big bets, India, leadership development in K-12 education, early childhood education, Leading for Impact and what characterizes all our work —is the opportunity to learn alongside some of the most innovative organizations and ambitious social leaders to find solutions that will break cycles of poverty.

We have updated our annual report microsite with these new stories of impact to add to the collection we shared last year. Heartfelt thanks to our collaborators, clients, funders, and staff for all they do to serve others and make a difference in the world.

Signed, Thomas J. Tierney Thomas J. Tierney Chairman & Co-founder

Signed, Jeffrey L. Bradach Jeffrey L. Bradach Managing Partner & Co-founder