Bridgespan's Nonprofit Development Program (BNDP)

Capacity Building for Change Makers

This program is for organisations based in India, South Asia, and South-East Asia. If you are based elsewhere, please explore our Leadership Accelerator program.

NGOs typically operate in resource-constrained environments while trying to maximise their impacts. Our research suggests that strategy and talent issues are some of the most important issues that, if addressed, can unlock the true potential of NGOs. Leadership teams of NGOs and even social enterprises in Asia need to consistently take care of these issues but often don’t get the time and the support they need.

Bridgespan’s Nonprofit Development Program takes advantage of our experience working on nonprofit strategy, leadership, and organisational issues during the last two decades to provide coaching to the senior leadership team of NGOs in the domains of strategy and talent.

We believe change is driven by a team and not an individual. Therefore, this three-month online capacity-building program is designed specifically for NGO/social enterprise leadership teams of three to six participants. (The typical team structure includes the CEO/ED, a project lead, and other members of the senior leadership team.)

The program offers three modules that address strategy and talent issues:

Achieving Strategic Clarity: Helps nonprofits and social enterprises develop clarity on key elements of their strategy such as their target populations and the impact they intend to achieve, as well as to develop a draft theory of change on how they plan to achieve it in the next three to five years. (Learn More)

Investing in Future Leaders: Helps nonprofits establish a talent development capability in the organization, ultimately enabling them to build a second line of leadership over time. (Learn More)

Strengthening Executive Teams: Launching in 2023, this module helps nonprofit leadership teams learn and apply best practices to work together more effectively and inclusively. (More information available soon.)

We are also developing additional program modules for adaptive planning and fundraising that we will launch in the coming months.

How the Program Works

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The total time commitment per person amounts to three to four hours per week over the course of the program (12-14 weeks).

The online learning platform allows you time to work at your own pace. While the coaching support ends after the third month, the content on the platform will be available for five months from the start of the program.

Your team is in the driver's seat, while Bridgespan coaches provide support for your project lead via email, check-ins, and one-on-one coaching at critical points throughout the program.

In addition to the above interactions, the program incorporates opportunities to involve your key partners and funders in select meetings.

Currently Available Modules

Find out more about our active modules by clicking the boxes below.

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What Our Alumni Have to Say About Achieving Strategic Clarity

"It was indeed a great experience to attend ASC through an extremely structured BNDP approach. This process has helped us to build a very coherent and focused team, aligned to a common purpose with well-defined 3 to 5 years targets. ASC structured concepts and case studies gave us opportunity to build some compelling value propositions in our field to create large scale impact."
– Amit Gupta, Founder, Grey Sim Learning Foundation
"Achieving Strategic Clarity, as the name suggests, truly helped our organisation to relook at our strategic priorities and go to the basics of the Why, the What and the How of our work. The pointers, questions, guidance, and resources provided in this programme enabled rich conversations among the leadership team members at Atma and helped us think through many simple yet complex aspects of work viz - What we do versus What we DO NOT do and Why. We strongly feel that this is a journey that every organisation should go through and keep performing this exercise throughout the lifetime of the organisation."
– Abhijat Bedekar, Chief Programme Officer, Atma
"The program allowed the team to think beyond their current functional roles and align together from an organizational lens to redefine the TOC & II. The framework of the program supported in building the pathway and simplified a mammoth task into actionable insights."
– Rahul Vincent, Senior Manager Projects, and Ami Patel, Director Business Development and Collaborations, Industree Crafts Foundation

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What Else You Should Know

Our next Achieving Strategic Clarity cohort will start in November 2022, while Investing in Future Leaders cohort will start in August 2022.
  • Applications for both cohorts are open on a rolling basis. 
  • Price – INR 8 lacs per nonprofit/ social enterprise team, for a team of four to six members, inclusive of tax (approximately INR 1.6 lacs per team member)
    • There are significant scholarships available for select organizations to aid participation. We are happy to discuss how your organization can take advantage of these.
  • Contact us [email protected] to learn more.

How to Apply

To ensure the program is right for you, fill out this short form to set up a 30-minute consultation with us. During the consultation, we’ll learn more about your organisation and leadership team, and we’ll share more about the program. If we jointly determine that the program is a good fit, we’ll share details for how to officially enroll. We look forward to meeting you!

Still Have Questions? Read our lists of frequently asked questions for Achieving Strategic Clarity and Investing in Future Leaders