2021 Annual Report
Echoing Green drives change where social justice and social innovation meet, backing bold innovators leading the charge on transformational change across the globe. In 2021, in addition to investing in early-stage innovators, Echoing Green provided over $1 million in follow-on funding grants to alumni Fellows. Through new partnerships and by building upon existing ones, the Echoing Green ecosystem supported hundreds of leaders and ideas at the intersection of social justice and social innovation. Learn more about how 2021 was a transformational year for Echoing Green and its closest supporters.
A Welcome Message from Cheryl Dorsey
“As Echoing Green enters its 35th year, we are expanding our programs and network. This growth comes at a time when the world is at a crucial inflection point—one where multiple crises have converged to threaten progress and access to resources. The indirect path toward renewal and healing will require collective action to reimagine a new normal that can work for everyone. With racial equity at the core of our work to scale and resource our global community, we can think of no better role for social innovation to take on.”
How Echoing Green Drives Change
We believe in the power of collective action. Together, our community can help build a world that has yet to exist—where all people can thrive. For nearly 35 years, Echoing Green has driven change where social justice and social innovation meet, backing bold innovators leading the charge on transformational change across the globe.
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Echoing Green is a lifelong community. We are making follow-on investments into alumni Fellows making strides toward racial justice.
This year, in addition to investing in early-stage innovators, Echoing Green has provided over $1 million in follow-on funding grants to alumni Fellows. Awarded after their active Fellowship term, this investment has supported 60 alumni to date whose social enterprises advance racial justice globally. Take a look at how these additional investments in our community are helping fuel the growth and impact of leaders dedicated to building a future free from racism.
How additional investments helped our Fellows
Kara Broboff '05
Founder, Native American Community Academy
“Receiving this follow-on funding means the world and inspires me to do the work. The belief that Echoing Green holds in our community and myself as an innovator and Indigenous woman has always meant so much and continues to support me in my work and service to others.”
Nedgine Paul Deroly ’14
Founder, Anseye Pou Ayiti
“In 2014, Echoing Green was the first to believe in Anseye Pou Ayiti’'s ambitious vision to build a movement of local civic leaders transforming Haiti’'s education system as a lever toward liberation. This additional support once again leads the way, acting as a beacon for other allies to believe in our ‘scale-as-depth,’, culturally-rooted approach to educational justice.”
Tanay Tatum Edwards '19
Founder, FreeCap Financial
“As a Black woman, I knew that what I was doing was incredibly risky, and I needed a community of people to support me along that journey. Echoing Green has and continues to be that for me, especially when I have moments of self-doubt or when I need a pep talk to remind myself why I do this work.”
Ruramiso Mashumba ’17
Founder, Mnandi Africa
“Fundraising for Mnandi Africa has been very hard as a lot of big funders don’t work in Zimbabwe due to various reasons. We are truly grateful for Echoing Green’s continuous support and funding — from helping us provide clean water and sanitary requirements to our community during the COVID-19 outbreak to hiring more staff to support our mission and goals.”
Collective action is required to drive systemic change and tackle a growing number of social and environmental challenges. In 2021, Echoing Green collaborated across sectors to strategically support Fellows, connect them with local leaders and organizations, create new and shared value, and move the needle forward on transformational social change. By forming new partnerships and building upon existing collaborations, the Echoing Green ecosystem supported hundreds of leaders and ideas at the intersection of social justice and social innovation.
How we worked with our partners
In 2021, Echoing Green partnered with 11 companies to provide hands-on advice and mentorship to our Fellows. Thank you to Barclays, BlackRock; Bloomberg; Citi Foundation; Comcast; General Atlantic; Guggenheim Partners; KKR; McKinsey; Moody’s; and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.
In addition to these mentorship opportunities, learn how Echoing Green collaborated with partners through events and initiatives that highlighted the ways that social innovation can show up as a force for good in the movement to advance racial equity.
When We All Thrive
In partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, we hosted a discussion with racial justice and social innovation leaders on how driving more resources to the efforts intentionally confronting racial inequities — led by those closest to the challenges and solutions — can quicken the pace toward a more just world.
Echoing Green's Social Innovation Challenge
Echoing Green presented the fourth annual Social Innovation Challenge, a series of leadership and pitch-coaching workshops for social innovators of color whose enterprises accelerate economic inclusion, narrative shifts, and systems change across the United States.
Season 2 of On Course
In partnership with Citi Foundation, Echoing Green launched the second season of On Course—a podcast that dives into the social entrepreneurship journey by digging into the backstories and motivations of its guests, who work in a range of fields, from STEM education to climate justice.
Echoing Green's $75M Racial Equity Philanthropic Fund
2021 marked the first year of programming fueled by Echoing Green’s three-year Philanthropic Fund (2021-2024). The Fund will ensure that 2020’s heightened awareness of racial inequity translates into sustained action in the social innovation field. Learn more about our objectives for strategic investment and our partners supporting the work.Learn more
Echoing Green has funded nearly 1,000 Fellows since its founding. The early-stage investments made in these leaders are often pivotal moments for their social enterprises, personal leadership journeys, and the world. Collectively, Echoing Green Fellows have raised more than $7.5B for the public good. Learn more about some of the game-changing work that our alumni Fellow community accomplished in 2021.
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Welcoming a new class of Fellows — Meet the 2021 Class
In 2021, Echoing Green welcomed 18 new leaders to our global community of change-making innovators. The 2021 Echoing Green Fellows are tackling societal challenges like lack of health care for displaced communities in the Middle East, systemic and generational trauma for Detroit youth, and energy inequities faced by ethnic communities in rural Myanmar. With seed funding, collaborative communities, and holistic support, these Fellows are ready to reimagine inequitable systems alongside their communities and with their cohort.
Meet the Fellows
The year 2021 was transformational for Echoing Green and our closest supporters. We launched new partnerships with institutions to accelerate the impact of emerging and established social impact leaders this year that will take root and blossom in 2022. We are excited for continued growth—from expanding social innovation workshops with students at Spelman College to new partnerships to support and invest in proximate leaders working on a range of issues like immigrant rights and supporting Black women and girls. We are committed to the ongoing journey to build a just, sustainable world.
With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing and global inequality on the rise, major sectoral shifts are vital to this effort to advance racial equity. Our work to improve access to capital and amplify the voices and narratives of people committed to disrupting inequity and building opportunity will remain central to Echoing Green’s activities in the months ahead. The past 35 years of our impact have been fueled by the courage, wisdom, and optimism of the leaders we support. We hold steady in our belief in this community’s potential to make waves and drive big, bold change long into the future.
Thank you to our supporters
Our deepest thanks to all our supporters, including the following donors and partners who contributed to our work in FY21 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021).
FY21 Donors $500,000 and Up
FY21 Donors $100,000 and up
Apollo Global Management
Dan Weiss and Amy Berkower Weiss
Godley Family Foundation
Guy and Kitty De Chazal
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Jacques M. Littlefield Foundation
Josh Mailman and Monica Winsor
Larry and Gayle Wieseneck
Mai Family Foundation
Marc and Stacey Saiontz
Peggy Segal and David Topper
Public Welfare Foundation
Robb and Jenny Vorhoff
Sandra and Avi Nash, and the Indira Foundation
T. Rowe Price Associates Foundation Inc.
The Moody’s Foundation
William R. Kenan Charitable Trust
FY21 Donors $25,000 and up
American Express Foundation
Andrew Kassoy and Margot Brandenburg
Follow Your Dream
Jim Cashel and Anne Ching
John and Gwen Smart Foundation
Maurice Amado Foundation
Maya Ajmera and David Hollander
McKinsey & Company
Melinda Wolfe and Ken Inadomi
Miranda Family Fund
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
Robin Hood Foundation
The Ferro Family Foundation
Trevor and Lee Ganshaw