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Who We Are

We work at the intersection of social justice and social innovation, connecting our expertise and global networks to emerging leaders creating long-lasting social change.


We are social entrepreneurs, nonprofit advisors, business strategists, data scientists, trained facilitators, and digital connectors. We have 30+ years of experience and are the leading incubator for social impact startups.

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Each of us approaches our work with passion and a dedication to supporting the change our Fellows are making in the world. We value social justice, innovation, inclusivity, and community.

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We've designed a world-class global search process that elevates better indicators of potential than a business plan alone, prioritizes diversity of experience and perspective, and offers a learning experience for all applicants.

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Echoing Green identifies tomorrow’s transformational leaders today.

Through Fellowships and other innovative leadership initiatives, Echoing Green spots emerging leaders and invests deeply in their success to accelerate their impact. We provide seed-funding and leadership development to a new class of Fellows every year and welcome them into a lifelong community of leaders.

35 Years of Impact

For 35 years, Echoing Green has been on the front lines of solving the world’s biggest problems, raising up the transformational leaders willing to speak truth to power and challenge the status quo.

We are the best at what we do, and have the trust, experience, and results to prove it. Our community of almost 1,000 social innovators includes first lady Michelle Obama, major public figures like Van Jones, and the founders of Teach for America and One Acre Fund.

In 1987, growth equity firm General Atlantic officially launched Echoing Green, naming it after a William Blake poem about creating a better world. They supported our first promising young entrepreneur, Diana Propper de Callejon, to create an alternative economic base for Amazonian residents that was not based on deforestation. Today, General Atlantic continues to be one of Echoing Green’s strongest advocates—and Diana is on our Board of Directors.

In 2002, Echoing Green Fellow Cheryl L. Dorsey took over the leadership and reshaped the organization into a global nonprofit. More than a decade later, the Fellowship Programs continue to be Echoing Green’s cornerstone, providing seed funding to social entrepreneurs launching bold new organizations to create positive systemic change.

We invite you to learn more about our current work and collective impact.

Our Mission
Echoing Green supported the founders of City Year in 1991. Today, City Year has nearly 25,000 alumni who have contributed more than 42.5 million hours of service in high-need schools.