Atlas Service Corps

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Atlas Service Corps
Founded 2006
Founder Scott Beale
Type 501(c)(3)
Focus International Cooperation
Location
Area served Asia, Africa, the Americas, Middle East
Method International Exchange
Key people Scott Beale – President & CEO
Gared Jones – Chair
Slogan Developing Leaders. Strengthening Organization. Promoting Innovation.
Website www.atlascorps.org

Atlas Service Corps ("Atlas Corps") is a US nonprofit organization with a mission “to address critical global issues by developing leaders, strengthening organizations and promoting innovation in the nonprofit sector through building an international network of skilled professional Fellows.” It was incorporated and recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the U.S. IRS on April 7, 2006. In 2006, Scott Beale developed the idea for Atlas Corps while working for the U.S. Department of State in India.

Program[edit]

Atlas Corps provides fellowships to rising nonprofit leaders from around the world to volunteer overseas for 12–18 months to learn best practices, share original insights and then return home to create a global partnership for development. Atlas Corps' signature program brings developing world leaders to serve at US nonprofits for a one-year fellowship. These fellows learn best practices and exchange development strategies in such social causes as poverty, health, human rights, the environment, education, women's rights, and hunger. Afterwards, the fellows return to their home countries to work on programs relating to their fellowships, bringing with them new skills and collaborative networks. Atlas Corps fellows come from 155 countries including Colombia, Egypt, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan, the U.S., and Zimbabwe. The first fellows came to the U.S. in 2007 with “highly skilled nonprofit decision-makers from India and Colombia to the United States for a year, running from Sept. 1 to Aug. 30.” [1]

A Multinational Peace Corps[edit]

Atlas Corps has been referred to as a reverse Peace Corps or multinational Peace Corps. The Brookings Institute profiled it as a best practice in June 2009, stating, “As early as 1966, when he was the Associate Director of the Peace Corps, Harris Wofford noted that the original idea of the Peace Corps included “reverse volunteering” through which men and women from developing nations would perform volunteer work in communities throughout the United States. Resistance from the State Department and the U.S. Congress snuffed a couple of attempts by the Peace Corps to start a reverse volunteering component, but two recent private sector models exist that demonstrate the inherent feasibility of the concept. … Atlas Corps is arranging for professional-level volunteers from India, Colombia and other developing nations to work in US-based non-profit organizations.” [2]

Board of directors[edit]

Senior Advisory Board[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Washington Post, "Value Added: The Nonprofit Entrepreneur" http://voices.washingtonpost.com/washbizblog/2009/03/value_added_17.html
  2. ^ The Brookings Institution, "International Volunteer Service: A Smart Way to Build Bridges" http://www.brookings.edu/papers/2009/06_volunteering_caprara.aspx

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