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We embrace smart risks and bold new ideas.

Our Fellows approach old problems in new ways and disrupt the status quo for good. Learn from our 30 years as the social impact sector’s leading talent scout, and share in our Fellows' success stories.

Building on a History of Black Social Innovators

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Over the last 25 years, Echoing Green has invested in many black social innovators doing important work to continue the legacy of social change in the black community.

Launching the New Work on Purpose Curriculum

I was setting up for a workshop at a careers conference in Madison, Wisconsin two weeks ago when a goateed gentleman sauntered into the room and asked me, “So, what does Work on Purpose do?” Read more.

To Change the World, Fear Means Go

It's exactly the advice your mother didn't give you, unless your mom was a rule-breaker like my mine. Fear means go. This was one of my mom's favorite principles.

Entrepreneurship and the Forefront

What We’re Noticing About 2013 Applicants

How a Veteran Teacher Stays Committed to Social Change

This story is part of Heart at Work, a monthly series produced by Idealist.org and Echoing Green, in which we tilt the spotlight towards everyday people doing extraordinary work that makes the world a better place. Read more.

New Report from Blue Engine Visualizes Achievements in Education

Blue Engine’s recently released impact infographic gives us a chance to deep dive into not only how the organization is measuring success, but what data they are collecting to do it. From the characteristics of students they are reaching, to the ratio of students to BETAs, to the marked shift in test scores over the past two years, the report uses a mix of compelling visuals and strict numbers to give us a picture of the impact Blue Engine is achieving. Read more.

Resolve to Finish Your 2013 Fellowship Application by January 7th

Your New Year's Resolution to start using that gym membership, or to spend more time with your family, will just have to wait a few more days. Unless, of course, you turn that resolution into your Bold Idea, in which case getting the application in might just be a way of making yourself stick to it. Read More.

What’s Your New Year’s UnResolution?

Last year, we asked you a question: “What is your second greatest barrier to working on purpose?” We had a hunch that identifying your second greatest barrier would help you go beyond blaming that old scapegoat of choice (we’ve all got one) and zero in on what’s really holding you back. We received only two answers to this question. Read more.

Hard Questions from Sandy Hook

The events in Newtown have left us shocked and saddened, but also with many questions that we can't find the answers to. We offer this space for reflection and sharing. Read More.

A Little Idea, Twenty Years Later

1993 Fellow Uttara Bharath Kumar launched her organization twenty years ago with funding from Echoing Green. With the 2013 Fellowship application open, what's on the horizon for the next twenty years? Read More.

Global Fund for Children featured in The Financial Times

Founded by 1993 Echoing Green Fellow and current Vice-Chair of our Board, Maya Ajmera and Global Fund for Children are selected as the seasonal charity partner for The Financial Times! Follow GFC's story as journalists report back from their visits to GFC sites around the world. Read More.

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