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OUR IMPACT

We pioneered the field 35 years ago and have supported more than 3,500 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.
+250
Ashoka Fellows in the U.S. with system-changing ideas*
$20,000,000
Raised and invested by Ashoka in U.S. social entrepreneurs alone since 2001.
40,000
People reached directly per Fellow on average (600,000
reached indirectly).
80%
Of Fellows have influenced national policy and/or had their idea replicated by independent groups.
74%
Of Fellows in the U.S. say that Ashoka has significantly increased their impact.
TOP 5
Ranked top 5 most influential NGO in the world for the second year in a row (2017 & 2018 - NGO Advisor)
*Systems change = changing rules, roles, behavior and norms so that the root cause of a problem gets tackled
Our network
To date, Ashoka has selected over 3500 social entrepreneurs in 80+ countries, whose systems-changing innovations solve deep-rooted social problems.
Ashoka Fellows worldwide

– Canada
– USA

– Argentina
– Brazil
– Chile
– Mexico
– Venezuela

– Kenya
– Nigeria
– Senegal
– South Africa

– Bangladesh
– India
– Indonesia
– Japan
– Philippines
– South Korea
– Thailand

– Egypt
– Israel

– Austria
– Belgium
– France
– Germany
– Greece
– Ireland
– Italy
– Netherlands
– Poland
– Portugal
– Spain
– Sweden
– Switzerland
– Turkey
– United Kingdom

302

North America

575

Europe

115

Middle East & North Africa

1027

South America

466

Africa

1029

Asia
Ashoka Fellows are a diverse community

Field of work

11%

Enviroment

18%

Education

20%

Economic Development

17%

Health

17%

Civic Participation

17%

Human Rights

Gender

60%

Female

40%

Male

The Ashoka effect
We surveyed all of our fellows on the impact that Ashoka has had on them.

01.

Identifying and supporting
these individuals often gives them their first significant source of funding

92% of fellows report the Ashoka stipend helped them focus full time on their idea.​

02.

Ashoka gives Fellows access to
a powerful global network, and helps them think in system-change terms that leads to changes in their strategy.

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.

03.

After election Ashoka Fellows are changing public policy, legislation, and market systems

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.”

Denisa Livingston
Ashoka US Fellow

“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.”

Andrew Slack
Ashoka US Fellow

“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.”

Raj Jayadev
Ashoka US Fellow
Growing impact
Ashoka focuses growing ideas, not growing organizations. Ashoka Fellows know that in order to spread their idea quickly and turn it into society’s new normal, they must use innovative strategies to get their idea into the hands of as many pollinators as possible.

78%

of Fellows have
partnered with
schools or Universities

79%

of Fellows have
partnered with local or national governments

69%

of Fellows have actively encouraged others to replicate their idea or have open-sourced their idea

90%

of Fellows have seen
their idea replicated by independent groups
Fellows in the news

“If one were to examine the forensics of significant impact in healthcare, education or the environment, they would often find the fingerprints of Ashoka”

Stuart Davidson
Sonen Capital Partner
LABRADOR VENTURES

“[Ashoka’s vision] represents a radical departure from a world in which, for millennia, elites have been telling most everyone else what to do.”

The New York Times

“Ashoka is a living encyclopedia of social innovation in every field around the world.”

Jimmy Wales
Founder of Wikipedia
ASHOKA FELLOW

“Team Ashoka delivers impact by being a changemaker for the changemakers – and in doing so, delivers a compelling bang for one’s philanthropic buck.”

James Jensen
The Jenesis Group

“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.”

Pierre Omidyar
Ebay Founder