Maximizing the Value of Philanthropic Efforts through Planned Partnerships between the U.S. Government and Private Foundations. C. Interaction


Often, Ashoka Fellows seek to influence public policy to effect systemic change. Consequently, most Fellows interact regularly with their respective governments, including USG. Recognizing this advocacy role, Ashoka provides Fellows with training and connects Fellows with both public and private individuals who can help prepare and support Fellows in their advocacy and other interactions with government. However, Ashoka purposefully limits its own interactions with governments to communication and does not accept any funding from USG or other governments. Ashoka believes the constraints associated with receipt of government funding could hinder Fellows in their work. Whether these constraints would be perceived or actual, Ashoka believes that a formal relationship with USG or any government will compromise Fellows freedom and consequently limit their effectiveness.

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