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We pioneered the field 40 years ago and have supported more than 3,800 Ashoka Fellows across the globe, guiding them to grow unexpected ideas into transformative social progress. Time and again we’ve seen these extraordinary changemakers and their teams move mountains. Ashoka accompanies them along their journey – with catalytic investments, with strategic guidance, and with an unmatched peer-to-peer community.
*Systems change = changing rules, roles, behavior and norms so that the root cause of a problem gets tackled. Read Embracing Complexity for a deeper dive.
To date, Ashoka has selected over 3,800 social entrepreneurs in 90+ countries, whose systems-changing innovations solve deep-rooted social problems.
92% of fellows report the Ashoka stipend helped them focus full time on their idea.
On average, Fellows report collaborating or partnering with 4 other Ashoka Fellows after being elected.
86% report that Ashoka helped them see their work at a systems change level, and of those Fellows, 92% made changes to their strategy
89% of Fellows report that Ashoka changed how they see themselves as a leader, and of those Fellows, 94% are leading differently as a result.
93% have achieved change in market systems
74% have achieved change in legislation or influenced public policy
“I’m continuing to learn from the Fellows, because we all face similar challenges and there are solutions that we end up bringing to the table together. I never had access to those kinds of folks, or to that kind of space where we can cry together, be challenged together, dream together. It really has taken a role in my life.”
“When possibilities feel ended, Ashoka fellows show that they are endless. When we feel broken down, the Ashoka network helps break us open. And when our culture asks us to imagine worse, Ashoka asks us to imagine better.”
“Ashoka is different. It seems weird to think that a fellowship that lifts up incredible people, who represent incredible communities, would be able to do so in the most humble of ways — but that’s how Ashoka moves.”
“If one were to examine the forensics of significant impact in healthcare, education or the environment, they would often find the fingerprints of Ashoka”
“[Ashoka’s vision] represents a radical departure from a world in which, for millennia, elites have been telling most everyone else what to do.”
“Ashoka is a living encyclopedia of social innovation in every field around the world.”
“Team Ashoka delivers impact by being a changemaker for the changemakers – and in doing so, delivers a compelling bang for one’s philanthropic buck.”
“The engaged global community of social entrepreneurs that Ashoka has fostered helps each one of them to have more impact than would have been possible individually.”