Ashoka’s Fellowship is an international community of around 3000 social entrepreneurs. The Fellowship is an incredible network of individuals, citizen sector organizations, and powerful allies. Ashoka elects Fellows at various stages of their lifecycle as social entrepreneurs, from early launch Fellows just getting an innovative idea off the ground and beginning to see its social impact to Senior Fellows who have achieved national impact and made a “scratch on history” with their idea at the time of election. The Ashoka Fellowship program offers network and strategic support for its members throughout their careers as social entrepreneurs.
Ashoka Canada has:
Reached a network of 49 Fellows across Canada, including 10 Senior Fellows
Invested over $3,000,000 in social entrepreneurs and innovators since 2002.
Connected Canadian Fellows to the global network of Ashoka Fellows, including Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia) and Matt Flannery (Kiva.org)
Connected Canadian Fellows to global events like the Clinton Global Initiative and the Skoll World Forum, giving them the chance to learn about management systems for citizen sector organizations, new approaches for communicating with funders, creating partnerships with other Fellows in mutual areas of interest, and connecting to members of the global ASN
- Ashoka enabled Fellow Al Etmanski to participate in a global collaboration with 16 other Fellows from 5 continents. The (Dis)Ability Initiative resulted in an exchange of methodologies and a book entitled "CREATING CHANGE: Innovations in the World of Disability" which was published in Polish (and is to be published in English)
Ashoka works on three levels. First, we support individual social entrepreneurs -financially and professionally- throughout their life cycle. Second, we bring communities of social entrepreneurs together to help leverage their impact, scale their ideas, and capture and disseminate their best practices. Finally, we help build the infrastructure and financial systems needed to support the growth of the citizen sector and facilitate the spread of social innovation globally.