William Foster is a Bridgespan partner and head of the consulting practice. Since joining the firm in 2002, William has supported the success of some of the sector’s leading nonprofits and philanthropies, with a focus on issues of strategy and scale. His clients have included Youth Villages, the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and Communities in Schools. William works closely with Bridgespan’s office heads and partner group to help guide the overall consulting practice.
Based on his clients’ experiences, William has dedicated himself to research on the topic of nonprofit funding models and their relationship to philanthropy. Among his publications are: “When You’ve Made Enough to Make a Difference” (Harvard Business Review, 2011), “Ten Nonprofit Funding Models” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2009), “How Nonprofits Get Really Big” (Stanford Social Innovation Review, 2007), and “Should Nonprofits Seek Profits?” (Harvard Business Review, 2005).
William has served as the executive director of the Jacobson Family Foundation, an outcomes-oriented funder making grants 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 lives outside of Boston with his wife Rachel and their four wonderful children.