The Brin Wojcicki Foundation Encourages Giving to Ashoka through $1 Million Challenge Grant

July 23, 2013

Washington, DC (July 23, 2013) -- For the fourth consecutive year, the Brin Wojcicki Foundation, started by Google co-founder Sergey Brin and 23andMe co-founder, Anne Wojcicki, have announced a challenge grant to inspire and encourage others to invest in the impact of Ashoka – the world’s leading association of social entrepreneurs seeking to build an Everyone A Changemaker world.  The Foundation will match gifts or pledges of any amount, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1,000,000 through August 31, 2013.

“This year’s challenge is dedicated to helping Ashoka support social entrepreneurs wherever and whenever we find them,” says Ashoka’s president Diana Wells, “…so much social innovation occurs at the intersection of fields or subject matters in underfunded areas.   We are incredibly grateful to have supporters such as Anne and Sergey who demonstrate in their philanthropy what they exemplify in their careers: that major change requires bold entrepreneurial leadership and visionary capital.”  With this in mind, the challenge is designed to match unrestricted gifts and those dedicated to the search and selection of Ashoka Fellows from anywhere around the world.

To contribute to the Ashoka - Brin Wojcicki Challenge or to learn more about Ashoka’s global work, visit:

About Ashoka

Ashoka is the world’s largest organization of social entrepreneurs and changemakers.  Founded in 1980 with the belief that the most powerful force in the world is a big idea in the hands of an entrepreneur, Ashoka has funded nearly 3,000 social entrepreneurs in 70 countries, providing these extraordinary individuals with funding, collaborations, and pro bono assistance to launch and scale their ideas and to create a network of peers and partners.  With the increasing pace of change, Ashoka works to advance an Everyone a Changemaker world, where anyone can apply the skills of changemaking to solve complex social problems.


David Stoker, Ashoka