Alliance for Global Good
Summit(s): Stockholm-2011, Vienna-2011
The Alliance for Global Good responds to the world's challenges by connecting donors with smart social investments, effecting change strategically and systematically. Using a matrix of five criteria—innovation, leverage, scalability, collaboration, and sustainability—the Alliance, through Program Partners like Ashoka, identifies and funds promising projects across five global themes: health, poverty, education, the environment, and world relations.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Summit(s): Geneva-2012, Nairobi-2012, Mumbai-2013
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
BMW Stiftung Herbert Quandt
The goal of the BMW Foundation is to make an original and effective contribution to strengthening social cohesion and innovation: We support leaders who, in their professional and personal lives, take into consideration the greater common good and who are committed to developing a lively civil society in cooperation with others. We deal with questions of globalization and thus contribute to an international dialogue on socio-political issues. We provide guidance by making visible successful socio-political commitment and promoting the dissemination and development of innovative pilot projects.
Digital, Life, Design (DLD)
Summit(s): Vienna-2010, Munich-2012
The Digital Life Design (DLD) is a series of conferences that bring together creative minds from all over the world, featuring digital innovation, science, and culture. Its attendees include 800 entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropists, scientists and artists who create a hub for innovative ideas and experiences, as well as a starting point for partnerships, investments and business development. In line with DLD Chairman Hubert Burda, DLD builds a platform for Ashoka Fellows to "connect with the unexpected." In partnership with Ashoka, DLD introduced Ashoka’s 25 fellows poised for global breakthrough on its website.
Ebay Foundation / The Opportunity Project
For more than 15 years, eBay has connected buyers and sellers in an efficient marketplace, fostering entrepreneurship and generating income for millions of people. Nonetheless, there remains an urgent need to engage the untapped potential of citizens around the world. Nearly one half of the world’s population lives on less than $2/day. Helping them increase their income is a critical step in lifting individuals and communities out of poverty. Furthermore, most of the 3+ billion people in the world living at or below the economic poverty level face significant barriers: not only do they lack access to markets and financial services, they also pay higher prices for goods and services than the rest of the world’s population.
Summit(s): Vienna-2010, Stockholm-2011, Vienna-2011, Munich-2012, Geneva-2012, Vienna-2013
The Martin and Gerda Essl Privatstiftung is the foundation behind the Essl Social Prize, one of the leading international awards for social entrepreneurs. The 1 Million Euro prize offers sustainable support and assistance to individuals with pioneering social initiatives. The Essl Social Prize 2010 that went to Ashoka founder Bill Drayton last year enabled Ashoka to accelerate a number of programs designed to take social change to a global level, most prominently the first Ashoka Globalizer program.
Playing for Change
Playing for Change supports social entrepreneurs who help children and youth to a better life. The foundation contributes money, business expertise, media exposure and marketing – the social entrepreneurs contributes their power of initiative and an idea that can change the world. Playing for Change is an initiative of the Kinnevik Group and Hugo Stenbecks Stiftesle, and proud partner of Ashoka Scandinavia.
Robert Bosch Stiftung
Summit(s): GlobalizerX London 2014
Established in 1964, the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH is one of the major German Foundations associated with a private company. It represents the philanthropic and social endeavors of Robert Bosch (1861-1942) and fulfills his legacy in a contemporary manner. The Robert Bosch Stiftung works predominantly in the fields of International Relations, Health and Education.
Jeff Skoll created The Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Their mission is to drive large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems.
Vodafone Institut für Gesellschaft und Kommunikation
The Vodafone Institut für Gesellschaft und Kommunikation is working to show how mobile communication technologies can change society. Through studies, research collaborations, publications, and events, the Vodafone Institute will foster a dialogue between science, decision-makers in business and politics, and social entrepreneurs to analyze and discuss the conditions for this "mobile revolution". As a Think & Do Tank it will also be involved in fostering and developing entrepreneurial solutions to societal challenges that are based on communication technologies. The Institute was founded in 2011 as an independent entity of Vodafone Germany and will be launching its operations in 2012.
World Innovation Summit on Education (WISE), an initiative of the Qatar Foundation
Summit: Doha 2015
Qatar Foundation, under the leadership of its Chairperson, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser established the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) in 2009. WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action. WISE has established itself as a global reference in new approaches to education. Through both the annual Summit and a range of ongoing programs WISE is promoting innovation and building the future of education through collaboration.
Launched in 2014, The WISE Accelerator is dedicated to developing and supporting innovative projects with a high potential for scalability and a positive impact on the field of education. The program provides support and guidance to projects addressing education challenges through the use and/or design of technology. Selected projects are followed for a year, a period during which they benefit from tailor-made mentorship to address their specific needs. In addition, the program serves as an intermediary to connect these projects with an international network that creates opportunities to share knowledge and potentially find support from donors and investors. The program works with qualified mentors and partners, such as Ashoka, to provide projects with the best strategies and effective support to ensure their development.
Qatar Foundation Website
CAF - Development Bank for Latin America
Summit(s): Buenos Aires 2015
The Office for Social Innovation at CAF – Development Bank of Latin America is a laboratory that captures ideas, products, services, processes and models to develop useful and sustainable solutions to some critical social challenges faced by Latin American countries.
LEGO Foundation and the Re-imagine Learning Network
Ashoka and the LEGO Foundation believe in the need to re-imagine learning and in the importance of play as the best way for children to develop critical skills to engage them as creative changemakers.
Through a three-year partnership, Ashoka and the LEGO Foundation are striving to identify, support and connect a global network of similarly visionary but pragmatic partners to share their experience and demonstrate the power of collective action. By providing the network with the tools and support to collaborate and scale their impact, we are creating a global network worldwide to re-imagine the future of learning through play.
Other Links: http://www.legofoundation.com
The Philips Foundation
Summit(s): Eindhoven 2016
From its very beginnings in the Netherlands in 1891, Philips has been a company committed to the communities in which it operates; building schools and houses as well as setting up sports clubs and training for its employees. Since the 1970s, environmental sustainability has been high on the agenda and the organization constantly seeks ways of improving its operations, products and supply chains. Today, Philips drives sustainable innovation by considering the needs of people and the ecological needs of the planet.
The Philips Foundation takes Philips’ commitment to corporate social responsibility one step further. As a registered charity, the mission of the Philips Foundation is to help enable lasting social change for communities in need through the provision and application of innovation, talent and resources from Philips.
The Fossil Foundation
Summit(s): Singapore 2016
The Fossil Foundation works to create positive change in the world through partnerships with remarkable individuals and groups. They partner with social entrepreneurs and their big ideas to unleash the potential of underserved young people. They invest knowledge, money and time to help unleash the potential of these ideas to build a brighter future.
The C&A Foundation
Summit(s): Bangalore 2017C&A Foundation believes that fashion can act as a strong force for positive change, and as a driver of economic growth. Through financial support, sharing of expertise and providing access to a network of specialists, the foundation focuses on strengthening platforms, NGOs and other changemakers who have an impact in fashioning towards a sustainable future. The Foundation empowers them to transform the fashion industry, making it work better for every person involved.