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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Becoming Big Bettable

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Session Description

Pioneering change makers have shown increasing ambition and ability to move the needle on today’s critical social challenges. At the same time, a growing number of philanthropists are stepping up to support these efforts with extraordinarily large gifts. Such “big bets” have the potential for enormous impact. This interactive workshop will share emerging research and help you refine a core investment thesis to increase your organization’s odds of being viewed by donors as “big bettable.”

When | Where

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Wednesday, April 11 Classroom 2 (TBEC)



Session leaders

  • Sridhar Prasad Facilitator
    Principal, Bridgespan Group
    Sridhar is a Principal in Bridgespan's Boston office, having joined in 2013. At Bridgespan, Sridhar has worked with nonprofits in a number of sectors, including global development, education, mental health, and early childhood development. Sridhar has co-authored "Pay-What-It-Takes Philanthropy," (Stanford Social Innovation Review, Summer 2016) and "Lessons for Nonprofits Seeking to Grow a Promising Program," ( Prior to Bridgespan, Sridhar worked as a project leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in San Francisco, working across a range of practice areas, including health care, education, and technology, media, and telecom. Before BCG, Sridhar served as a program analyst for the Federal Communications Commission's National Broadband Task Force. He also has worked for the Clinton Foundation's HIV/AIDS Initiative (now the Clinton Health Access Initiative) in Delhi, India, as well as for the Sewalanka Foundation, a local Sri Lankan nonprofit focused on issues of economic empowerment and community mobilization. Sridhar started his career as an associate at Katzenbach Partners LLC (now part of Booz & Co.). Sridhar holds a BA in history from Columbia University, a JD from the Harvard Law School, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
  • William Foster Facilitator
    Partner, Head of Consulting Practice, Bridgespan Group
    William Foster is a Bridgespan partner, head of the consulting practice, and active thought leader on issues of social change. Since joining the firm in 2002, William has supported the success of some of the sector’s most innovative philanthropies (e.g., Blue Meridian Partners and Co-Impact) and some of the highest impact nonprofits (e.g., Youth Villages and Anti-Defamation League). He has a particular focus on the diligence, structuring and supports required for philanthropic “Big Bets” and strong funding models for nonprofits. William has helped his foundation clients and a number of individual donors to craft some of the largest gifts in the sector. William has served as the executive director of the Jacobson Family Foundation, an outcomes-oriented funder making grants to support educational excellence, equality, and Jewish continuity in the United States and Israel. Prior to joining Bridgespan, William worked at Bain & Co. He received his BA from Harvard College and his MBA from Stanford University where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar. William is active in the Jewish community, serving on the board of Gann Academy. He lives outside of Boston with his wife Rachel and their four wonderful children.