Maximizing the Value of Philanthropic Efforts through Planned Partnerships between the U.S. Government and Private Foundations. Ashoka Fellows: Foundation Innovation Through Social Entrepreneurship

05/01/2009

Some organizations invest in people and ideas, instead of funding programs or particular organizations. One example is Ashoka, which through its Fellows program has led a trend toward supporting social entrepreneurs. Ashokas approach may be difficult to model in the USG, where different standards of objectivity, transparency, and accountability prevail. Furthermore, Ashoka does not seek to partner with USG or any government. These constraints and preferences, however, do not rule out USG looking at some Ashoka techniques or other types of purposeful interaction, such as complementary or coordinated action in specific geographic regions or fields of interest. Given the influence of Ashokas approach in the citizen sector, such learning and interaction may be worth developing.[1]

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