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The innovation fund


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The innovation fund

  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: Ashoka Fellows. These innovators are practical visionarieswho introduce and fully commit themselves to realizing an important, new ideato solve pressing social problems and open new opportunities for citizens to bechangemakers. With creativity and entrepreneurial skill, they push ahead theiridea until it changes a pattern through wide adoption, resulting in significantsocial impact.Today, we offer you the opportunity to catalyze some of the United States’ leadingsocial entrepreneurs through a fund of 7 fully vetted Ashoka Fellows.Through a tax-deductible financial contribution, you can partner with Ashoka toshape the future of the country and support the entrepreneurs who are leadinggame-changing social innovations in many fields, from health to education andthe environment. 100% of your money will 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
  5. 5. David WishDavid’s organization, Little Kid’s Rock, uses music education to offer childrenand teachers heightened opportunities to engage with each there 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.
  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.
  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.
  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 availableover the internet. Students act as both teacher and learner, and are thus able tocollaborate throughout the course development process, beginning with design,and extending through co-teaching and peer evaluation.In two years time, Peer 2 Peer University has grown to a community of 1,000+and is on the path for major scale.
  9. 9. Jason McLennanThrough the International Living Building Institute, Jason is creating incentivesand new practices so that the built environment improves health and well-beingwhile increasing our access to a diverse and productive natural world. The resultof Jason’s approach is that builders and designers conceptualize buildingsor neighborhoods as a whole, and therefore avoid shifting burdens from oneenvironmental or social objective to another. Jason launched the Living Building Challenge as a certification system that setsup incentives for system change and enables building industry stakeholders tore-imagine their roles. Currently, there are four Certified Living buildings and 100projects that have registered to become certified. By 2017, Jason’s goal is to have50 certified buildings with 500 projects registered and – importantly – shared.
  10. 10. Sasha ChanoffSasha is pioneering a new role for effective and professional citizen organizationsin the refugee resettlement process. His organization, RefugePoint, works totransform and improve the sphere of refugee resettlement through a variety ofinterlinking strategies centered around creating the infrastructure and know-howfor an appropriately trained citizen sector to work with the United Nations RefugeeAgency and governments in ways that improve equity and access to life-savingsolutions 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.
  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.
  12. 12. Contact informationPaula Recartprecart@ashoka.orgKila Englebrookkenglebrook@ashoka.org717-443-1595