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Partner with Ashoka United States


Ashoka US is an ideal partner for achieving social impact. With 35 years of experience supporting social entrepreneurs, we have a unique understanding of how transformative change happens, and of where and how partners of all kinds can advance the best ideas for social change. Our global network of more than 3,500 Ashoka Fellows is a constant source of insights and patterns that guide our thinking and the thinking of our partners.

There are many ways to partner with Ashoka US — from local-level pro-bono and volunteer engagements to multi-year vision partnerships that help us achieve sector-wide goals. Some partners help us find and support classes of Ashoka Fellows, connecting those Fellows to the people and resources they need to grow their ideas.

Others work with us to advance our mission of building an Everyone A Changemaker world, including prioritizing empathy and changemaking across all education levels. Still others collaborate with us as we continue to shape the field of social entrepreneurship over the next decade — for example, through our All America initiative, which aims to build a more diverse, representative group of social innovators from across the country.

With every partner, our goal is the same: To work together as trusted peers with the mutual goal of shaping a more just and equitable world.

Global Partnership


Ashoka is the ideal partner to achieve social impact. We pool the strengths of different stakeholders—civil society, social entrepreneurs, and private companies—through our innovative collaboration models. We create win-win partnerships that respond effectively to social and environmental challenges.

In so doing, our network enables us to collaborate quickly with key partners around the globe. We respond effectively to large-scale problems in society, breaking down barriers between business, society, and the public. We also introduce new modes of collaboration.

Ashoka has developed a range of relationships since 1980, from local-level pro bono and voluntary engagements to strategic and visionary engagements with companies.

Ashoka relies on individuals, foundations, and corporate contributions to develop our work in supporting social entrepreneurs around the world, and to further our vision of an Everyone A Changemaker World.



Executive in Residence


Ashoka’s Executive in Residence program fosters high-impact collaborations between corporate executives and leading social entrepreneurs that have the potential to change the dynamics of traditional markets, enhance competitiveness, and create systemic social impact. 

Through the Executive in Residence program, corporate executives work on-site with leading social entrepreneurs around the world for a period of two weeks up to six months. During this time, the executive tackles a challenge that is critical to the social entrepreneur’s ability to scale his or her impact. 

Simultaneously, by working with the world’s leading social innovators, executives bring back lessons learned about new innovations, emerging markets, and leadership techniques. At the end of the on-site placement, the executive and social entrepreneur continue to collaborate virtually together and have the opportunity to create shared value partnerships for their organizations.


EIR meeting

Executive in Residence was a great opportunity to expand my marketing skills and to apply them in a different setting. I have always been in health care manufacturing, and know how to market to providers and health plans, but haven’t really had much opportunity to think about how to market to the patients. This was all about thinking about the family members and people affected by a specific disease.

  – Gati Dharani, Senior Associate Director, Boehringer-Ingelheim, worked with Ashoka Fellow Aled Edwards in 2015


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Ashoka Support Network


Are you seeking a world of possibilities to achieve real social impact? Learn about the many ways Ashoka Support Network members partner with Ashoka’s global fellowship of leading social entrepreneurs by clicking the button below.

The Ashoka Support Network (ASN) offers innovative leaders from a variety of fields the opportunity to go beyond traditional philanthropy and co-create the world’s best social entrepreneurs in partnership with Ashoka Fellows. 

ASN members engage with Ashoka Fellows in a variety of ways, based on their interests and capacity. ASN offers opportunities to advise Fellows about scaling-up strategies through the Ashoka Globalizer program, hear exclusive investment pitches from Fellows through Ashoka’s social finance accelerator, and brainstorm solutions to Fellows’ organizational challenges during local retreats and global summits.