Rohit Malhotra of Center for Civic Innovation Wins 
Coveted Echoing Green 2015 Global Fellowship

The Center for Civic Innovation fosters a more effective, innovative, and participatory public sector


ATLANTA, June 23, 2015 – Global nonprofit Echoing Green today announced that Atlanta native Rohit Malhotra has been awarded a highly competitive and coveted Fellowship for his work as the founder and executive director of the Center for Civic Innovation. The Fellowship will provide seed funding, mentoring and leadership opportunities as the Center for Civic Innovation grows as a vehicle for social change in Atlanta.

The Center for Civic Innovation connects problem solvers to community resources and invests in early stage civic ideas around topics such as food access, education, and recidivism. At their 3,000 sq ft. location in South Downtown Atlanta, they host public workshops, trainings, advising/mentoring programs, and coworking space for problem solvers in the city. The Center for Civic Innovation also advocates for increased civic participation in local decision making, from neighborhood elections to development projects like Underground Atlanta.

The Center’s main program, Civic Labs, invests in entrepreneurial solutions that save money or generate revenue for public institutions. The program also emphasizes authentic community engagement. Their pilot Civic Lab, in partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Invest Atlanta, and Arby’s Foundation, will invest in up to 10 pilot programs focused on increasing food access in Atlanta. The Civic Labs program offers a 4-6 month acceleration process for ventures and in the end, the Center for Civic Innovation facilitates contracts between struggling public agencies and social entrepreneurs. Upcoming Civic Labs will focus on education and sustainability.

“I stand on the shoulders of giants in this city,” says Malhotra. “Atlanta’s deep-rooted history in community organizing and problem solving is being revived today through the city’s talented and hardworking teachers, farmers, doctors, and artists. These are our most powerful entrepreneurs, they just don’t call themselves that. Atlanta has its share of challenges, but it also has inspiring leaders that, together, will move mountains for our communities.”

Of 3,629 applicants, 52—just over one percent—were selected to receive Fellowships. Through three Fellowship categories (Global, Climate and Black Male Achievement), Echoing Green has invested almost $40 million in seed-stage funding and strategic assistance to nearly 700 world-class leaders. Echoing Green also supports the Fellow community long after their initial funding period through ongoing programs and opportunities at critical points in their careers.

Rohit will receive $80,000 in funding for two years, participate in leadership development events, receive mentoring from leading business professionals and, most importantly, become part of a global network of leaders.

“We’re proud to be investing in tomorrow’s leaders, helping them go further, faster, as they realize their vision of a world changed for the better,” said Echoing Green President Dr. Cheryl Dorsey. “Many of the Fellows chosen are leading projects in the earliest stages, when it is hardest to find the necessary resources to get off the ground.”

Echoing Green’s Fellowship program is made possible through private contributions and the generous support of funders, including the Walton Family Foundation, the U.S. Global Development Lab of USAID, the Jerome L. Greene Foundation, The ZOOM Foundation, and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, with support from the Open Society Foundations.  


About the Center for Civic Innovation:

The Center for Civic Innovation helps the public sector find and invest in more innovative or effective ways to tackle local social challenges. The Center’s main program, Civic Labs, facilitates pay-for-outcome contracts between local public agencies (a local government, nonprofit, or foundation) and entrepreneurs with solutions that save money, generate revenue, and engage local communities. The Center’s innovation lab offers public sector organizations and local civic innovators a safe space for experimenting and prototyping untested, promising civic ideas. They also offer trainings, workshops, and opportunities for constructive dialogue. The Center is grateful for the support of a number of local and national advisors, including Bill Bolling of the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Sonal Shah, of the Georgetown Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, and Brian McGowan of the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

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About Echoing Green:

Echoing Green’s mission is to unleash next generation talent to solve the world's biggest problems. Echoing Green was one of the first organizations to invest in early-stage social entrepreneurs through our Fellowship program almost 30 years ago. Today, the organization remains focused on building a global community of emerging leaders in social change. To date, the organization has supported almost 700 organizations led by the most extraordinary purpose-driven leaders of our time. Echoing Green Fellows include the founders of Teach For America, City Year, One Acre Fund, The Global Fund for Children and SKS Microfinance. Echoing Green’s accelerator programming and investments help these leaders to go further, faster. Echoing Green also runs a suite of innovative programs that cultivate and support promising leaders, including programming dedicated to purpose development, board leader preparation, and impact investing.

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Elyse Klova, Center for Civic Innovation

Lindsay Booker, Echoing Green
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