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Ashoka Receives Transformative Investment to Advance Equity and Support Changemakers Globally

This article originally appeared on Global Newswire (Intrado)

"Ashoka announced today that the organization has received a significant investment of $10 million dollars from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett to address inequity by advancing systems change across the globe and by pursuing its vision of an 'everyone a changemaker world.'  Ashoka was identified as a 'high-impact organization that empowers community leaders and supports grassroots organizing and innovation.' The grant will enable Ashoka to grow its core work of finding and supporting leading social entrepreneurs — selected as Ashoka Fellows — with transformative ideas for addressing social problems. It will also help Ashoka grow the broader movement where each and every person has the power to give, to express love and respect in action. That’s essential for a good life. In an everything-changing faster and faster reality, that means that everyone must be a changemaker.

'For Ashoka, equity means everyone a player, everyone is powerful and wanted -- because they can contribute. This is the only way to end ‘the new inequality’ that now divides the world so bitterly,' said Bill Drayton, Ashoka Founder & CEO. 'We are deeply grateful for this investment and the signal it sends about the necessity of changing systems and frameworks in service of equity.'"

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