Unleashing Philanthropy’s Big Bets for Social Change

This collection of articles, sponsored by The Bridgespan Group, explores how big-bet philanthropy is changing the ways that social entrepreneurs, nonprofit organizations, donors, and advisors are working to have an impact on major social challenges.

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Big Gift, Big Impact

By Andrew Youn & Matthew Forti

The cofounder and executive director of One Acre Fund and the managing director of One Acre Fund USA write about the role a big bet played in helping their organization expand its impact.

Empowering Nonprofits

By Dan Cardinali

The president and CEO of Independent Sector elaborates on how big bets can help redistribute wealth and rebalance the power dynamic between donors and nonprofits.

Doing More With Big Bets

By Barbara Picower

The president and chair of the board of directors of the JPB Foundation describes what the organization learned from a “hub and network” approach to big-bet philanthropy.

Learning From Competition

By Rebecca Richards-Kortum

The director of the Rice 360° Institute for Global Health at Rice University explains how participating in the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change competition helped transform her organization.

Profiles of Big Bets

By The Bridgespan Group

These five examples of large investments demonstrate the enormous impact they can have on the world’s most pressing problems.