Talent is evenly distributed in the world, but opportunity is not. So while many fellowships send American leaders and scholars abroad, Atlas Service Corps recruits talented international nonprofit leaders to serve in US organizations – and solve 21st century problems. It provides the financial and visa structure and determines fellowship finalists (only 2% of applicants are selected); US "host organizations" then choose from the impressive pool. During 6-18 month placements at organizations in DC and beyond (Miriam's Kitchen, Latin American Youth Center, CARE), Fellows offer their unique perspectives and expertise. Meanwhile, training in nonprofit management engages them in discussions about best practices, and teaches them how to build organizational capacity – skills they will also use to strengthen their home communities. A network of 130 Host Organizations and more than 300 nonprofit leaders from 70 countries, Atlas Corps launched a new partnership with the State Department that helps scout top professionals worldwide – and applications have doubled. Want to support leadership locally and globally? Atlas Corps is the opportunity!

Headquarters: DC-Ward 1

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; VA-Arlington County; VA-City of Alexandria; Internationally; Afghanistan; Argentina; Armenia; Australia; Azerbaijan; Bangladesh; Belarus; Belgium; Bolivia; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Botswana; Brazil; Bulgaria; Burundi; Cameroon; Canada; Chile; China; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; Egypt; El Salvador; Ethiopia; Ghana; Guatemala; Haiti; Honduras; India; Iraq; Ireland; India; Jamaica; Japan; Kenya; Liberia; Libya; Malawi; Mexico ; Moldova; Morocco ; Nepal; Nicaragua ; Nigeria; Pakistan ; Palestinian Territories; Panama; Peru; Philippines; Republic of Korea; Romania; Russia; Rwanda; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; South Korea; South Sudan ; Spain; Sudan; Syria; Taiwan (ROC); Tajikistan; Tanzania; Thailand ; Tunisia; Turkey; Uganda; Ukraine; United Kingdom; Uzbekistan; Yemen; Zimbabwe

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: All

Awards & Recognition

Top 10 International Voluntary Service Program, U.S. Center on Citizen Diplomacy
2010 Citizen Diplomacy Award, U.S. Center on Citizen Diplomacy
"Best Practice" in int’l exchange, The Brookings Institution
"The Nonprofit Entrepreneur", The Washington Post
2010 EXCEL Award, Center for Nonprofit Advancement
Ambassador Princeton Lyman Global Leadership Award


Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Atlas Service Corps is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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