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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 join us in making the world brighter by donating today.

The Innovators

Ashoka Fellow Mike Marriner: Road Trip Nation

Of all the hypotheses that have been suggested to explain the grim statistics facing K-12 education in America, one is beyond dispute: students are bored, and feel school is disconnected from the real world. In a survey of nearly 470 dropouts from across the country, commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, almost 50% […]

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Ashoka Fellow Vivek Maru: Namati

The UN estimates that 4 billion people around the world live outside the protection of the law. For these people the law is an abstraction, or a threat, but not something they can use to exercise their basic rights. As a result they can be unfairly driven from their land, denied essential services, excluded from […]

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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