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% […]Read More
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 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 […]Read More
Ashoka, as told by members of our community.
In Their Words
Jill Vialet, Founder of Playworks, Ashoka Fellow since 2004
Eric Dawson, Founder of Peace First, Ashoka Fellow since 2007