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's global 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. And we introduce new modes of collaboration beyond the typical funder-fundee relationship.
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.
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.
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.
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
The Ashoka Support Network 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.