Ashoka Support Network
The Ashoka Support Network (ASN) is a global community of successful, innovative leaders from a variety of fields who see entrepreneurship as the primary engine for economic and social development. The network includes more than 350 members in 25 countries.
Unlike traditional philanthropists, ASN members are changemakers who fully apply their creativity, energy, and connections to effect positive social change. By pledging to contribute a minimum amount to Ashoka over a three-year period, ASN members gain exclusive access to connect and engage with Ashoka Fellows.
ASN members engage with Ashoka and Ashoka Fellows in a number of different ways, based on their interests and skills: ASN members frequently participate in Ashoka Globalizer events, serve on advisory boards for Ashoka Fellows, attend local/regional retreats with members of the Ashoka community, assist Ashoka staff with institution-building efforts, and congregate at the ASN Global Summit—among other engagement opportunities.
How we work with Ashoka Support Network in United States
The Ashoka Support Network (ASN) is a global community of successful leaders in their own fields—men and women with a passion for creative and entrepreneurial change—who share Ashoka’s understanding that entrepreneurs are the primary engine for economic and social development. Members of ASN invest financially to support the work of Ashoka and its Fellows, and meet regularly in groups to build relationships with each other and help transform the way we think about business.
The Ashoka Support Network envisions a world where there will be no more walls between the citizen sector and any other sector—a world where leaders from all fields find value in collaborating with social entrepreneurs to solve society’s most pressing social problems.
Once I began to meet with Fellows and experience their passion and dedication, it became an easy task for me to get more involved and contribute in any way that I could to help their work. What I tell to other ASN members that I’ve recruited is that there are so many opportunities to make a contribution to people who are on the cutting edge of social entrepreneurship. That is what drives me, and I invite them to join me in that pursuit."- Jose de la Torre, US ASN member