General

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Organization Name
ASHOKA
Tagline
Everyone a Changemaker
English-Language Website URL
Type of organization
nonprofit,
Year Founded
1981
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HQ Location: City, Country
Arlington, VA - USA
HQ Mailing Address
1700 North Moore Street | Suite 2000 | Arlington, VA 22209 USA
Primary Contact and General Inquiries
Ashoka Global Headquarters
1700 North Moore Street
Suite 2000 (20th Floor)
Arlington, VA 22209
USA
Tel: +1 703-527-8300
Fax: +1 703-527-8383
info@ashoka.org
History

Ashoka is the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide, with over 3,500 elected Ashoka Fellows in 93 countries putting their system changing ideas into practice on a global scale. Founded by Bill Drayton in 1980, Ashoka has provided start-up financing, professional support services, and connections to a global network across the business and social sectors, and a platform for people dedicated to changing the world. Ashoka launched the field of social entrepreneurship and has activated multi-sector partners across the world who increasingly look to entrepreneurial talent and new ideas to solve social problems.

Ashoka Fellows remain the core of our community, and their insights show us how the world is moving and what is needed next. Ashoka’s mission has evolved beyond catalyzing individual entrepreneurs to enabling an “everyone a changemaker” world. This means equipping more people – including young people – with the skillset and a connection to purpose so that they can contribute ideas and effectively solve problems at whatever scale is needed in their family, community, city, workplace, field, industry, country. This evolution comes from the urgent realization that the pace of change is accelerating in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. Our strategic initiatives focus on setting in motion the people, resources and ecosystems that will bring about a social revolution where everyone contributes to change for the good of all. Working in partnership with private, philanthropic and citizen sector players we are achieving large-scale social innovation that is grounded in decades of entrepreneurial experience.

Activity

Mission

Ashoka identifies and supports the world’s leading social entrepreneurs, learns from the patterns in their innovations, and mobilizes a global community that embraces these new frameworks to build an “everyone a changemaker world.”

Country (or countries) where active
Worldwide