The Bridgespan Group

About Give Smart is designed to help philanthropists make better decisions and get better results from their giving. This website is part of Bridgespan’s Give Smart philanthropy initiative, which also includes the recent publication of the book Give Smart: Philanthropy that Gets Results by Thomas J. Tierney and Joel L. Fleishman (published by Public Affairs).  The Give Smart initiative is organized around six essential questions that help donors unlock the full potential of their philanthropy. collects and shares effective practices, including case studies, practical how-to guides, and other decision-making tools. Materials will be contributed by the Bridgespan Group, informed by its 10 years of collaboration with philanthropists and foundations, as well as from outstanding leaders in the field including the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, the National Center for Family Philanthropy, The Philanthropic Initiative, and the Philanthropy Roundtable, among many others.


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