Tom Tierney is a recognized leader in serving the nonprofit sector. In 1999, he co-founded The Bridgespan Group, an independent, nonprofit organization that collaborates with mission-driven leaders and organizations to help accelerate social impact. During 2000, he stepped down as Bain & Company’s chief executive to concentrate solely on Bridgespan- related activities. Tom frequently speaks and writes on a variety of topics related to nonprofit leadership and philanthropy. He lectures at Harvard Business School and the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and chairs the Harvard Business School Initiative on Social Enterprise. He has contributed to numerous case studies and publications, including The Harvard Business Review and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Tom co-authored with Joel L. Fleishman Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results, published in March 2011 by Public Affairs.


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Avoiding Leaky Pipes: Enhancing Collaboration Between Donors and Grantees

Posted on July 15, 2012 by Thomas Tierney

Editor’s Note: In this month’s FGN, Thomas J. Tierney and Richard M. Steele of The Bridgespan Group offer thoughts on how donors and grantees can overcome persistent traps to true collaboration, and get better results for society. The below article is adapted from their longer piece “The Donor-Grantee Trap: How ineffective collaboration undermines philanthropic results for society, and what can… Read More

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