Frequently Asked Questions

When was Ashoka founded?
Ashoka was founded in 1980 by Bill Drayton in Washington, DC and we elected our first Fellows in India in 1981.

Where are Ashoka’s Offices?
A listing of all of Ashoka’s offices can be found here.

What EXACTLY does Ashoka do?
Fellows and Partners tell our story:

Does Ashoka specialize in any areas of work?
See our 'Focus Areas' page

Who are Ashoka’s Fellows?
Find our more about Ashoka Fellows

Could I be a Fellow?
Read more about the selection criteria we use for choosing our Fellows.

How can I nominate a fellow?
Read our Ashoka Fellow nomination page here >>

I am a journalist looking to interview someone in Ashoka’s Leadership; how can I get in touch with someone?
For interview requests please contact Tina Choi, Director, Global Media and Communications at

What does 'Ashoka' mean?
Named to honor Ashoka, the Indian leader who unified the Indian subcontinent in the 3rd century BC, renouncing violence and dedicating his life to social welfare and economic development. For his creativity, global mindedness and tolerance, Ashoka is renowned as the earliest example of a social innovator.


What is an 'Everyone a Changemaker world'?
An Everyone A Changemaker world is a world where more and more people respond e"ciently and imaginatively to social problems, and where each person has the confidence, skills, and support to drive e!ective change. This world is both more resilient and more inclusive because each person – regardless of age or background – will play a role in shaping the future.

The new paradigm has massive implications for how children grow up and learn, how cities organize for the future, how companies think about talent and strategy, how philanthropists think about impact, and how societies define success and development.

How can I work or volunteer with Ashoka?

What is Ashoka’s Legal Status?
Registered 501c3 not-for-profit organization in the United States

How can I help support Ashoka Financially?
Donate Online

What is Ashoka’s Tax ID for donations?
Tax ID# : 51-0255908

How can I invite someone from Ashoka to speak for my event?
If you are interested in having Ashoka staff or Fellows speak, please contact us at