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Over the last 30 years, Ashoka has refined the process of finding and connecting the most impactful and creative social entrepreneurs in the world. Today, we offer you the opportunity to take advantage of our vetting process, and fund 7 social entrepreneurs who all meet our criteria of an Ashoka Fellow - an entrepreneur with a creative, scalable idea that solves a social problem and transforms their field completely in the process. With a tax-deductible financial contribution, you can join Ashoka in shaping the future of our country by investing in these 7 revolutionary social innovations. We have set a goal to raise $600,000 by the end of August in order to give these Fellows a living stipend that will allow them to fully dedicate themselves to their ideas for the next three years. One hundred percent of your money will go to these Ashoka Fellows. If you haven't given to Ashoka for the past 2 years, The Brin Wojcicki Foundation will even match your donation 1:1.Please donate now to help these Ashoka Fellows tackle the most pressing social problems in the United States. Every dollar counts!

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Over the last 30 years, Ashoka has built the worlds largest association of leading social entrepreneurs over 3,000 men and women in 70 countries. These Ashoka Fellows are practical visionaries who introduce and fully commit themselves to realizing an important new idea to solve pressing social problems. With creativity and entrepreneurial skill, they push ahead their idea until it changes a pattern and transforms their eld, in the process opening new opportunities for citizens to be changemakers. Today, we offer you the opportunity to catalyze the work of leading social entrepreneurs in the United States through a fund of seven fully vetted Ashoka Fellows. With a tax-deductible nancial contribution, you can partner with Ashoka to shape the future of the country by investing in game-changing social innovations across many elds, from health to education to the environment. 100% of your money will go directly to these Ashoka Fellows.

Fund Total: $600,000 Closing date: August 31st, 2012

FELLOW TESTIMONIALSIf one organization has had a profound impact in Lumnis evolution, that organization is Ashoka.Felipe Vergara, Lumni Founder and CEO, Ashoka Fellow since 2006

Trust me, Ashoka is indispensable for social entrepreneurship to survive, grow and thrive.Gregory Van Kirk, Founder of The New Development Solutions Group, Ashoka Fellow since 2008

I have been constantly blown away by the generosity and vision of Ashoka. They have been unselsh in sharing donors. They have been unmatched as a thought partner, helping me and my organization to see connections in our work that transcend geographic boundaries and the usual discipline silos. And they have been unparalleled as a connector. My own experience as an Ashoka Fellow has been nothing short of transformational.Jill Vialet, Founder of Playworks, Ashoka Fellow since 2004


DAVID WISHDavids organization, Little Kids Rock, uses music education to offer children and teachers heightened opportunities to engage with each other as fearless cocreators and active, inspired learning partners. David is introducing an approach to learning music that builds twenty-rst century skills, helping children see that they can generate content, fail without fear, iteratively advance toward a goal, and work in teams. Begun in 2001 in New Jersey, the effort now reaches over 160,000 students and 700 teachers in 24 cities across the United States.

KIRSTEN TOBEY & KRISTIN RICHMONDKirsten & Kristin, both former educators, understand that the food served in schools signicantly impacts students performance and lays the foundation for behavioral patterns around eating that extend both to the home and into adulthood. As such, Kirsten & Kristin are transforming nutrition in low-income communities by providing healthy, fresh school lunches and changing attitudes of principals, teachers, and parents about whats expected and possible with regard to nutrition standards in schools. Today their organization, Revolution Foods, reaches 70,000 students and Kirsten & Kristin expect to double their reach and impact in the next 2 years.

PAUL BRADLEYPaul is creating a scalable approach that enables the countrys 2.7 million homeowners in manufactured home communities, also known as mobile home parks, to achieve economic security, fuller protections against excessive rents, reduced threat to health, safety and eviction, and full economic citizenship by cooperatively buying and managing the land on which their homes sit. His organization, Resident Owned Communities (or ROC USA), arranges the nancing and other supports to allow residents to jointly own the land under their homes, build assets over time, and democratically manage their community. In just four years, ROC USA has helped co-ops purchase communities in 12 states, preserve over 2,100 affordable homes, and leverage over $71 million in commercial nancing.

PHILIPP SCHMIDTPhilipp has set out to change not what we learn, but how we learn. Through his organization, Peer 2 Peer University, peer learners from around the world connect around topics they care about and skills they wish to master, harnessing the vast wealth of high-quality, openly licensed education materials currently available over the internet. Students act as both teacher and learner, and are thus able to collaborate throughout the course development process, beginning with design, and extending through co-teaching and peer evaluation. In two years time, Peer 2 Peer University has grown to a community of 1,000+ and is on the path for major scale.

JASON MCLENNANThrough the International Living Buildings Institute, Jason is challenging the building industry to go much further than conventional green standards so much so that buildings operate more like plants and trees, adapted for their unique environments. The result of Jasons approach is that builders and designers conceptualize buildings and neighborhoods as a whole ecosystem and build them in ways that both improve health and well-being and preserve our diverse natural world. Jason also launched the Living Building Challenge the worlds most stringent, progressive green building certication to demonstrate his model and enable building industry stakeholders to re-imagine their roles using a range of incentives. Currently, there are four Certied Living buildings and 100 projects that have registered to become certied. By 2017, Jasons goal is to have 50 certied buildings with 500 projects registered and importantly shared.

SASHA CHANOFFSasha is pioneering a new role for effective citizen organizations in the refugee resettlement process. His organization, RefugePoint, works to transform and improve the sphere of refugee resettlement through a variety of interlinking strategies centered around creating the infrastructure and know-how for an appropriately trained citizen sector to work with the United Nations Refugee Agency and governments in ways that improve equity and access to life-saving solutions for the most vulnerable refugees. While the citizen sector used to account for one percent of refugee resettlement referrals from Africa before RefugePoint came along, thanks to Sashas pioneering work, it now contributes to more than 25 percent of referrals today.

FLETCHER HARPERFletcher and his team at GreenFaith, inspire, educate and mobilize people of diverse religious backgrounds for environmental leadership. Working through an interfaith approach, the work is based on beliefs shared by the worlds great religions - they believe that protecting the earth is a religious value, and that environmental stewardship is a moral responsibility. Through his organization GreenFaith, Fletcher aims to realize wide impact over the next decade, bringing a broad faith-based network into the environmental action fold and position the religious sector as a key ally, distribution network and partner for environmental improvement. INFORMATION Paula Recart Kila Englebrook 717-443-1595