Social & Public Sectors

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We help tackle some of the world's toughest social issues by partnering with the most effective and change-oriented nonprofit organizations and government entities.

Our clients focus on four key areas:

  • Primary and secondary education: Bain works with education nonprofits and reform-minded school systems to create better opportunities for underserved students to lead choice-filled lives.
  • Higher education: Bain has decades of experience helping leading academic institutions set and advance their strategies and improve operations.
  • Economic development: Bain works with organizations that leverage the power of markets and business enterprise models to create jobs, fuel income growth and sustainably improve the quality of life for the world’s poor.
  • Public sector and government: We work with government institutions eager to enhance their organizational effectiveness and embrace new models of social change.

We also work with corporate clients to embed sustainability into the core of their business strategy and operations.

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  • Vikki
  • Vikki Tam

    Global Practice Leader, Social Sector

    New York

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  • Jeff
  • Jeff Denneen

    Global Practice Leader, Higher Education


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  • Graham
  • Graham Elton

    Practice Leader, Primary & Secondary Education


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  • Chris
  • Chris Bierly

    Global Practice Leader, Primary & Secondary Education


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  • Phillip
  • Phillip Kleweno

    Practice Leader, Public Sector & Government

    Washington, D.C.

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  • Stephane
  • Stephane Timpano

    Practice Leader, Public Sector & Government


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Client examples

KIPP Bain has partnered with KIPP Foundation and 10+ KIPP regions since 2010 to help triple the number of students served by the US’s largest charter network and improve student outcomes—further boosting college graduation rates, already 4X the national average for low-income students.

Endeavor Bain teams have helped shape Endeavor’s global strategy and the expansion of its repeatable model to roughly 30 countries around the world, spreading the high-impact entrepreneurship movement from Saudi Arabia to Indonesia.

Acumen We have partnered with Acumen since 2012—from strategy and operating model design, to sector-mapping and investee pipeline development. We also helped operationalize their "Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative" with Unilever, a pioneering cross-sector inclusive supply chain partnership informed by "Growing Prosperity," our coauthored sector-shaping report.

The Nature Conservancy We are working with The Nature Conservancy to address critical environmental issues, from water management in California to tuna scarcity around the globe. Bain is also working jointly with TNC to help one of the world’s leading agriprocessors reduce carbon emissions and lead the industry on sustainable supply chains.

Brazilian Ministry of Education We partnered with the Ministry of Education in Brazil to assess the effectiveness of full-time secondary education versus the current part-time model. Our work and subsequent support of the full-time model rollout led to new legislation that will reach ~500K students and set a new standard for education in Brazil.