For more than 30 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.
Through Fellowships and other innovative leadership initiatives, Echoing Green spots emerging leaders and invests deeply in their success to accelerate their impact. Echoing Green provide seed-funding and leadership development to a new class of Fellows every year and welcome them into a lifelong community of leaders.
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.
Echoing Green has a 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.
Selected fellows of Echoing Green are supported with the following:
- Personalized Framework: A comprehensive, self-paced program to work towards building leadership skills and developing the structures and strategies needed for ideas to thrive.
- Wellbeing Support: Ongoing secular support from three Echoing Green Chaplains, focusing on mental and emotional wellbeing, as well as self-care workshops designed specifically for the struggles of entrepreneurship.
- Dedicated Portfolio Manager: An expert advisor and thought partner who guides leadership growth, helps build ideas and organizations for success, and connects Fellows to additional resources and funding opportunities.
- Seed Funding: A stipend paid in four equal installments over two years ($80,000 for individuals; $90,000 for partnerships), in addition to a flexible benefit stipend. Funding offered to for-profit organizations is in the form of recoverable grants.
- Retreats and Networking Events: International gatherings to connect Fellows across classes and cohorts, as well as with experienced business leaders, institutions, and investors committed to solving global issues.
- Expert Advisory Groups: Comprehensive pro bono legal and investment advice and a suite of support from leading professionals to help navigate the social entrepreneurship and impact investment fields.
- You must be over 18 years old, fluent in English, and able to commit a full 40-hour work week to your organization. The organization must be the original idea of the applicant(s), in its start-up phase (usually within the first two years of operation), and independent and autonomous.
- If you are currently a full-time student or employee, you must agree to make your organization your full-time engagement if awarded a Fellowship.
- You do not need to be based in the US or be an American citizen. The only limitation on work location is that if your project is based in the United States, then you must have American work authorization (i.e., citizenship, permanent residence status, or a work visa). Echoing Green does not sponsor American work permits for any foreign nationals.
- You are welcome to reapply each year.
- An organization can be structured as a nonprofit, for-profit, or hybrid.
- An organization does not only have to be run by one individual. Partners can apply for a Fellowship.
- Organizations still in the idea phase are eligible. You do not need to establish 501(c)(3) status or register your organization before you apply.
- The program must be independent and autonomous. It cannot be under the management of another organization. If you have a fiscal sponsor that provides support but does not control organization decisions, you are eligible.
- Tuition or scholarship funding, or research projects; lobbying or faith-based organizations; and existing organizations which have grown past their start-up phase are not eligible to apply.
- You are welcome to reapply each year.
If still unsure, please take the Eligibility quiz.
How To Apply:
The Application process for this fellowship involves a rigorous procedure that should be carefully followed.
Application Deadline: 16 October 2019