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Ashoka Fellows (left to right): Raj Jayadev, Christina Fialho, Gina Clayton


"Ashoka has set a high bar for the rest of the philanthropy we get involved with. I can see these are the people who are driving true change. I want to go with the people who are passionate."
Anne Wojcicki

Our Values

Belonging. We’re a home for changemakers – a peer network of visionary Ashoka Fellows, 3,800 strong and growing, and of their networks of many millions of changemakers.

Optimism. When you know where to look, you see people solving all sorts of problems, in their communities, schools, workplaces, even entire fields and industries.

Inclusion. We’ve always believed that those closest to a problem are best able to solve it: inclusion is therefore key. We need all hands on deck.
Courage. We welcome unorthodox ideas that tap the wisdom and ability for everyone, of all ages and walks of life, to contribute.
Wisdom. Forty years of pioneering social entrepreneurship has taught us how to listen and spot patterns and deep currents of change.
Our Community

We work with innovators across the full spectrum of issues shaping our world, from climate solutions to radical empathy. Get a flavor for our team and Fellows –in this case with a rural lens– in this short video produced by Civic Matters:

Our Team

How we got started in the United States

Ashoka started searching for social entrepreneurs in our first country, India, in 1981. Nearly 20 years later, Texas entrepreneur Ron “R.J.” Jensen learned of our guiding values and high-leverage approach and reached out right away to explore funding a U.S. launch. We are every day grateful for the Jensen family’s founding investment that has given rise to an entire ecosystem of support for emerging ideas and social entrepreneurs across the country.


Remembering RJ Jensen: A Tribute from the Ashoka Community. Produced by Cory Wilson.

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