• Those of us who invest in Ashoka Fellows - with our time, our money, our ideas - do so because they apply empathy and creativity in realizing a vision of a brighter future.

Make the U.S. Brighter

· Ashoka Fellows have a courageous vision of a bright future.
· They dare to ask bold questions: How can we guarantee basic legal protection for all? Or reinvent the foster care system and the roles for those within it? How will we build a more equitable and sustainable economy?
· They bring new insights and creative energy to timely social problems. Like the best social entrepreneurs, they challenge the status quo and design transformative solutions that reshape patterns in their fields – whether in education or law or mental health. And their solutions are grounded in deep human understanding and empathy.
· This fall, we’re celebrating the bright ideas of the 2014 Class of Ashoka Fellows. We connect each Fellow to channels of support that uplift and accelerate their work. Today, we offer you the opportunity to be one of those channels. With a tax-deductible financial contribution – 100 percent of which goes to the direct, unrestricted funding of our Fellows’ work – you can invest alongside Ashoka in the world that is yet to be. We hope you’ll continue to support us in this work by choosing to donate.

The Innovators

Day 50: Your Bright Idea!

As we venture into the new year, we know there are millions of changemakers out there bringing creative solutions to problems big and small. What are you doing to make the world brighter? Share your story — or someone else’s — via commenting below, facebook, instagram, or twitter using #makeitbright #2014 and let’s make this year […]

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Day 49, Bruce Bloom’s Bright Idea: Finding Cures within Our Reach

Dr. Bruce Bloom has pioneered a way to improve patients’ lives quickly and safely by repurposing existing drugs, treatments and medical devices. Rather than waiting for elusive scientific breakthroughs, Cures Within Reach brings researchers, clinicians and philanthropic partners together to speed promising research into patient care to improve quality and length of life for patients […]

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Our Story

Ashoka, as told by members of our community.

In Their Words

“I have been constantly blown away by the generosity and vision of Ashoka. They have been unselfish in sharing donors. They have been unmatched as a thought partner, helping me and my organization to see connections in our work that transcend geographic boundaries and the usual discipline silos. And they have been unparalleled as a connector. My own experience as an Ashoka Fellow has been nothing short of transformational.”
Jill Vialet, Founder of Playworks, Ashoka Fellow since 2004
Ashoka is unlike any other organization I’ve worked with. And this is a good thing. Forget about hierarchies and decision-trees. Forget about caveats and we’ve-never-done-thats. I have never worked with a more committed group of people whose first response is “why not!,” whose job descriptions say “make it happen,” and who are deeply committed to standing next to crazy leaders who believe in the world that is yet to be. Is it messy sometimes? Yes. Is it catalytic? Always.”
Eric Dawson, Founder of Peace First, Ashoka Fellow since 2007