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THEINNOVATIONFUND             THOSE OF US WHO INVEST IN ASHOKA – WITH             OUR TIME, OUR MONEY, OUR IDEAS – DO     ...
Over the last 30 years, Ashoka has built the world’s largest association of leadingsocial entrepreneurs – over 3,000 men a...
FELLOW TESTIMONIALS                     “If one organization has had a profound impact in Lumni’s                     evol...
THE INNOVATORS
DAVID WISHDavid’s organization, Little Kid’s Rock, uses music education to offer childrenand teachers heightened opportuni...
KIRSTEN TOBEY & KRISTIN RICHMONDKirsten & Kristin, both former educators, understand that the food served in schools signi...
PAUL BRADLEYPaul is creating a scalable approach that enables the country’s 2.7 millionhomeowners in manufactured home com...
PHILIPP SCHMIDTPhilipp has set out to change not what we learn, but how we learn. Through hisorganization, Peer 2 Peer Uni...
JASON MCLENNANThrough the International Living Buildings Institute, Jason is challenging thebuilding industry to go much f...
SASHA CHANOFFThere are over 15 million refugees in the world today, and many estimate thathundreds of millions of people w...
FLETCHER HARPERFletcher and his team at GreenFaith, inspire, educate and mobilize people ofdiverse religious backgrounds f...
https://www.ashoka.org/donate/usa                                    CONTACT INFORMATION                                  ...
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Over the last 30 years, Ashoka has built the world’s largest association of leading social entrepreneurs – over 3,000 men and women in 70 countries. These Ashoka Fellows are practical visionaries who introduce and fully commit themselves to realizing an important new idea to solve pressing social problems. With creativity and entrepreneurial skill, they push ahead their idea until it changes a pattern and transforms their field, in the process opening new opportunities for citizens to be changemakers.

Today, we offer you the opportunity to catalyze the work of leading social entrepreneurs in the United States through a fund of seven fully vetted Ashoka Fellows.

With a tax-deductible financial contribution, you can partner with Ashoka to shape the future of the country by investing in game-changing social innovations across many fields, from health to education to the environment. One hundred percent of your money will go directly to these Ashoka Fellows.

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  1. 1. THEINNOVATIONFUND THOSE OF US WHO INVEST IN ASHOKA – WITH OUR TIME, OUR MONEY, OUR IDEAS – DO SO BECAUSE WE SEE IN ASHOKA A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO CATALYZE BIG CHANGE.
  2. 2. Over the last 30 years, Ashoka has built the world’s largest association of leadingsocial entrepreneurs – over 3,000 men and women in 70 countries. These AshokaFellows are practical visionaries who introduce and fully commit themselves torealizing an important new idea to solve pressing social problems. With creativityand entrepreneurial skill, they push ahead their idea until it changes a patternand transforms their field, in the process opening new opportunities for citizensto be changemakers.Today, we offer you the opportunity to catalyze the work of leading socialentrepreneurs in the United States through a fund of seven fully vetted AshokaFellows.With a tax-deductible financial contribution, you can partner with Ashoka to shapethe future of the country by investing in game-changing social innovations acrossmany fields, from health to education to the environment. 100% of your moneywill go directly to these Ashoka Fellows. · Fund Total: $600,000 · Closing date: August 31st, 2012
  3. 3. FELLOW TESTIMONIALS “If one organization has had a profound impact in Lumni’s evolution, that organization is Ashoka.” Felipe Vergara, Lumni Founder and CEO, Ashoka Fellow since 2006“Trust me, Ashoka is indispensable for social entrepreneurship to survive, grow and thrive.” Gregory Van Kirk, Founder of The New Development Solutions Group, Ashoka Fellow since 2008 “I have been constantly blown away by the generosity and vision of Ashoka. They have been unselfish in sharing donors. They have been unmatched as a thought partner, helping me and my organization to see connections in our work that transcend geographic boundaries and the usual discipline silos. And they have been unparalleled as a connector. My own experience as an Ashoka Fellow has been nothing short of transformational.” Jill Vialet, Founder of Playworks, Ashoka Fellow since 2004
  4. 4. THE INNOVATORS
  5. 5. DAVID WISHDavid’s organization, Little Kid’s Rock, uses music education to offer childrenand teachers heightened opportunities to engage with each other as fearless co-creators and active, inspired learning partners. David is introducing an approachto learning music that builds twenty-first century skills, helping children see thatthey can generate content, fail without fear, iteratively advance toward a goal, andwork in teams.Begun in 2001 in New Jersey, the effort now reaches over 160,000 students and 700teachers in 24 cities across the United States.http://usa.ashoka.org/fellow/david-wish
  6. 6. KIRSTEN TOBEY & KRISTIN RICHMONDKirsten & Kristin, both former educators, understand that the food served in schools significantly impacts students’ performance andlays the foundation for behavioral patterns around eating that extend both to the home and into adulthood. As such, Kirsten & Kristinare transforming nutrition in low-income communities by providing healthy, fresh school lunches and changing attitudes of principals,teachers, and parents about what’s expected and possible with regard to nutrition standards in schools.Today their organization, Revolution Foods, reaches 70,000 students and Kirsten & Kristin expect to double their reach and impact inthe next 2 years.http://usa.ashoka.org/fellow/kristin-richmondhttp://usa.ashoka.org/fellow/kirsten-tobey
  7. 7. PAUL BRADLEYPaul is creating a scalable approach that enables the country’s 2.7 millionhomeowners in manufactured home communities, also known as “mobile homeparks”, to achieve economic security, fuller protections against excessive rents,reduced threat to health, safety and eviction, and full economic citizenship bycooperatively buying and managing the land on which their homes sit.His organization, Resident Owned Communities (or ROC USA), arranges thefinancing and other supports to allow residents to jointly own the land under theirhomes, build assets over time, and democratically manage their community. Injust four years, ROC USA has helped co-ops purchase communities in 12 states,preserve over 2,100 affordable homes, and leverage over $71 million in commercialfinancing.http://usa.ashoka.org/fellow/paul-bradley
  8. 8. PHILIPP SCHMIDTPhilipp has set out to change not what we learn, but how we learn. Through hisorganization, Peer 2 Peer University, peer learners from around the world connectaround topics they care about and skills they wish to master, harnessing the vastwealth of high-quality, openly licensed education materials currently available overthe internet. Students act as both teacher and learner, and are thus able to col-laborate throughout the course development process, beginning with design, andextending through co-teaching and peer evaluation.P2PU currently serves more than 30,000 members, and is poised to connect themillions of potential learners around the world looking for a better and more cost-effective means of education.https://p2pu.org/en
  9. 9. JASON MCLENNANThrough the International Living Buildings Institute, Jason is challenging thebuilding industry to go much further than conventional green standards – somuch so that buildings operate more like plants and trees, adapted for theirunique environments. The result of Jason’s approach is that builders and designersconceptualize buildings and neighborhoods as a whole ecosystem and build themin ways that both improve health and well-being and preserve our diverse naturalworld.Jason also launched the Living Building Challenge – the world’s most stringent,progressive green building certification – to demonstrate his model and enablebuilding industry stakeholders to re-imagine their roles using a range of incentives.Currently, there are four Certified Living buildings and 100 projects that haveregistered to become certified. By 2017, Jason’s goal is to have 50 certified buildingswith 500 projects registered and – importantly – shared.http://usa.ashoka.org/fellow/jason-mclennan
  10. 10. SASHA CHANOFFThere are over 15 million refugees in the world today, and many estimate thathundreds of millions of people will be displaced this century. Sasha and RefugePointwork to find lasting solutions for the most vulnerable refugees. He is pioneering anew role for effective citizen organizations in the refugee resettlement process. Hisorganization, RefugePoint, works to transform and improve the sphere of refugeeresettlement through a variety of interlinking strategies centered around creatingthe infrastructure and know-how for an appropriately trained citizen sector to workwith the United Nations Refugee Agency and governments in ways that improveequity and access to life-saving solutions for the most vulnerable refugees.While the citizen sector used to account for one percent of refugee resettlementreferrals from Africa before RefugePoint came along, thanks to Sasha’s pioneeringwork, it now contributes to more than 25 percent of referrals today.http://usa.ashoka.org/fellow/sasha-chanoff
  11. 11. FLETCHER HARPERFletcher and his team at GreenFaith, inspire, educate and mobilize people ofdiverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. Working throughan interfaith approach, the work is based on beliefs shared by the world’s greatreligions - they believe that protecting the earth is a religious value, and thatenvironmental stewardship is a moral responsibility.Through his organization GreenFaith, Fletcher aims to realize wide impact overthe next decade, bringing a broad faith-based network into the environmentalaction fold and position the religious sector as a key ally, distribution networkand partner for environmental improvement.http://usa.ashoka.org/fellow/fletcher-harper
  12. 12. https://www.ashoka.org/donate/usa CONTACT INFORMATION Paula Recart precart@ashoka.org Kila Englebrook kenglebrook@ashoka.org 717-443-1595
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