Washington D.C. (August 2, 2017) — Atlas Corps Founder and CEO, Scott Beale, for the second year running, received the distinct honor of being named to the “Power & Influence Top 50 2017” by The NonProfit Times.
The list, in its 20th year, annually honors the nonprofit sector’s most influential leaders. This recognition is an organizational milestone that acknowledges the achievements that Scott and Atlas Corps have made within the sector through the innovative use of long-term professional exchange. It is a recognition especially significant as Atlas Corps embarks on an exciting new expansion on both domestic and international fronts.
In announcing the news, The Nonprofit Times wrote, “Beale struck an international nerve with Atlas Corps, which receives more than 1,000 applicants monthly despite a limited budget and a less than 2 percent acceptance rate. It’s not about exporting U.S. nonprofit ideas. It’s about being better at the work. His words: “Feeling of purpose is not enough.” It’s metrics, correction and getting better at what the sector does.”
“This honor is a team win for Atlas Corps,” shared Scott. “It reflects on the impact our Fellows are having while volunteering in the U.S. for one year and strengthening U.S. organization. We’ve opened the global talent pool to advance the missions of social change organizations in the U.S. and we are proving that diversity strengthens organizations. Currently there seems to be debate in society about whether to cooperate internationally or whether diversity is a positive or negative force. Atlas Corps Fellows and Host Organizations are proving every day that global, diverse talent advances organizations and a larger social good.”
Under Scott’s leadership, Atlas Corps established an innovative method of developing and connecting global leaders through long-term international exchange for social change leaders from around the world. The Atlas Corps network includes more than 600 leaders from 87 different countries who have served at 220 organizations in the U.S., Colombia, and Australia.
Atlas Corps congratulates this year’s nominees and gives a special shout out to individuals from Atlas Corps Partner Organizations, which include: Acumen Fund, Goodwill Industries International, CARE USA, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children and InterAction.
Atlas Corps will celebrate this honor during the Atlas Corps Soirée at The Event Space on Saturday, September 16. More at http://events.atlascorps.org.
About Atlas Corps
Atlas Corps, started in 2006, is an international network of social change leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s most critical social issues. The Atlas Corps mission is to address critical social issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and promoting innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled social change professionals. Profiled as a “best practice” in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and World Economic Forum, featured in the Washington Post and Forbes as a model social entrepreneurship program, and recognized as a Top 10 International Voluntary Exchange Program by the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy, Atlas Corps engages leaders committed to the social change sector in 6 to 18 month, professional fellowships at organizations (like Ashoka, Peace Corps, and American Express Foundation) to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and return home to create a network of global changemakers. The Atlas Corps network of Fellows includes more than 600 leaders from 87 countries and 220 Host Organizations.
For more information about Atlas Corps, visit atlascorps.org.
About Scott Beale, Founder & CEO
Scott Beale, founder and CEO of Atlas Corps, is a former U.S. Diplomat, established social entrepreneur, professor, and published author who has started three nonprofit organizations and helped thousands of people in his generation become agents for social change. He has worked on four continents, with nonprofit, government and business leaders from around the world.
In addition to the “Top 50,” Scott has won numerous awards for his pioneering work developing Atlas Corps, including the 2017 Social Impact Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Georgretown Entrepreneurship Alliance (2017), being a finalist for the Independent Sector NGEN Award (2016), Presidential Leadership Scholars (2015), National Award for Citizen Diplomacy (2010), EXCEL Award by the Center for Nonprofit Advancement (2010), Ambassador Princeton Lyman Global Leadership Award (2008), and “30 People Under 30 Changing Politics in America” (2004). He is considered one of the national leaders in “crowd sourced philanthropy”, winning six online contests over two years and raising $400,000 in contests such as Americas Giving Challenge, the Chase-Facebook Challenge, and Pepsi Refresh Everything. Prior to launching Atlas Corps, Scott is a recognized leader of the Millennial Generation as the author of “Millennial Manifesto: A Youth Activist Handbook” and the founder of MillennialPolitics.com which grew into Mobilize.org. For more information about Scott Beale, visit: atlascorps.org/founder