Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Social Good - Ashoka Innovators for the Public - Recognize Social Entrepreneurship

Founded in 1980 by Bill Drayton in Washington, DC
Named, created and pioneered the global field of social entrepreneurship
Elected the first Ashoka Fellows in India in 1981
Started with an annual budget of $50,000, grown to over $30 million

Founded on the premise that the most effective way to promote positive social change is to invest in social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions that are sustainable and replicable, both nationally and globally.
Ashoka is represented by the oak tree. A strong, sturdy tree, the oak represents the power of Ashoka's commitment and contributions to building the profession of social entrepreneurship. A broad-spreading tree, it is symbolic of those dimensions of Ashoka's programs that select, launch and foster collaborations among social entrepreneurs around the world.

Origin of the Name
Named to honor Ashoka, the Indian leader who unified the Indian subcontinent in the 3rd century BC, renouncing violence and dedicating his life to social welfare and economic development. For his creativity, global mindedness and tolerance, Ashoka is renowned as the earliest example of a social innovator.

Around the World
Established programs in over 60 countries and supports the work of nearly 3000 Fellows
Employs 200 staff in over 25 regional offices throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa
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