Ashoka is an ideal partner to achieve social impact. With many of our key insights drawn from the world of business, the impressive entrepreneurial quality of the Ashoka Fellows, and a results-oriented culture, business people intuitively understand and are enthusiastic about our approach.
Throughout its 30-year history Ashoka has developed a range of relationships, from local-level pro bono and voluntary engagements to strategic partnerships with companies such as McKinsey & Co, Nike and Google.
Ashoka relies on corporate contributions – through sponsorship and charitable donations – to develop our work supporting social entrepreneurs around the world. While often these partnerships are solely focused on social return, we are increasingly engaging with businesses with a shared value proposition, combining our comparative advantages with those of the private sector for higher impact, as well as addressing the needs and aspirations of our partners.
As an example shared value, through our partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim we are identifying and supporting 50 new social entrepreneurs in the field of health, allowing our partner, a pharmaceutical company, to access and apply the insights and innovations of this community into their business. In the UK, our partners include the Arthur Guinness Fund (Diageo), Barclays Capital and Hogan Lovells
As Ashoka is a global organisation supporting more than 3000 social innovators across a range of fields and geographies – from rural irrigation in the Africa, youth empowerment in Latin America, to low carbon transition in the UK – Ashoka can address the range of needs and interests of our corporate partners.
Ashoka does not accept funds from governments, as a means to retain our independence and to foster our ability to understand the real needs of the markets in which we operate. Our funding comes from contracts and donations from individuals, companies and foundations.
Ashoka is a registered charity in England and Wales, and is incorporated with comparable charitable status in the key global markets in which it operates.