Ashoka's mission is to develop the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world.
Ashoka invests in people. It is a global non-profit organization that searches the world for social entrepreneurs—extraordinary individuals with unprecedented ideas for change in their communities. Ashoka identifies and invests in these social entrepreneurs when no one else will.
It does so through stipends and professional services that allow "Ashoka Fellows" to focus full time on their ideas for leading social change in education and youth development, health care, environment, human rights, access to technology and economic development.
Ashoka has invested in more than 1,400 Ashoka Fellows in 48 countries. Those Fellows have transformed the lives of millions of people in thousands of communities worldwide.