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Bridgespan research reveals that 80% of the biggest donors aim for dramatic social change with their giving, yet only 20% of the biggest gifts (for research purposes, identified at $10M or above) over the past decade plus have gone to such causes. The Bridgespan Group identified a number of barriers and stories of how some donors were getting beyond them in their Winter 2016 SSIR article, Making Big Bets for Social Change. For donors who are interested in focusing their biggest gifts on social change, this webinar will feature Bridgespan partner Chris Addy in conversation with leadership from the Evelyn and Walter Haas Jr. Fund, who will discuss the big bets they have made in fighting for LGBTQ rights and other major local community development projects in San Francisco, including Crissy Field.

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Chris Addy

Chris Addy is a partner in Bridgespan’s Boston office. Chris has advised funders, especially high net…

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Denis Chicola

Denis Chicola is the director of communications at the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund. He strives…

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Jennie Lehua Watson

Jennie Lehua Watson oversees communications to help the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund achieve its philanthropic goals.…

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Matt Foreman

Matt Foreman is a nationally recognized LGBT rights leader with a diverse background in political advocacy…

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What others have said...

I am clear on what “big bets” are and can now communicate, discuss, and educate our board.


The whole conversation gave me “food for thought” and helps me think about how we want to shape our Foundation’s philanthropy.


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