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by Atlas Corps
#Do1Thing - July 16, 2014
#Do1Thing - July 16, 2014


What is the one thing you do to make the world better? Atlas Corps is a network of 290 Fellows from 60 countries who bring their "one thing" together to positively impact our world. Whether it's youth development in Latin America to environmental issues in Southeast Asia, Atlas Corps Fellows cross borders and cultures to bring all those skills together to achieve results! Our Class 15 Fellows just arrived in May and they are already achieving results: 

  • Arturo (Mexico, Host: Kids Good Basket) promotes community building by enhancing daily operations at this hunger relief organizations and engaging unique volunteer groups.
  • Trina (India, Host: American Express Foundation) promotes leadership development through a leadership academy that brings together dynamic leaders from across the world.
  • Darren (China, Host: Human Rights First) promotes LGBT issues by advocating for equality and dignity on a global scale. 

Now, Atlas Corps is asking YOU, our supporters, that question this summer during our #Do1Thing campaign. Are you ready to get involved? The campaign is a lead up to GlobalGiving Bonus Day on July 16, 2014. Bonus Day is a day when individual contributions to Atlas Corps will be matched at 50% on July 16, 2014. 
Will you become a Campaign Captain? This honor means that you commit to donating $10 on 7.16.2014, recruit 10 friends/family to donate $10, and send us your #Do1Thing photo.

Together, we can achieve our goal and collectively share with the world: What is the one thing you do to make the world better? (#Do1Thing)

We are especially looking to YOU to play a special role. We will be in touch with more details over the next few weeks. 



P.S. Remember, mark July 16, 2014, on your calendars!

Arturo (Mexico) arrives in DC!
Arturo (Mexico) arrives in DC!

Congratulations Class 15 - today is the first day of your Atlas Corps experience! We are excited to add our newest group of global leaders to Atlas Corps. And, yes, I said Class 15! Here they are:
How did Atlas Corps go from Classes 0 - 15 in just seven years? How do we become a network of 265 Fellows from 60 countries? It is about you and other inspiring individuals who are the “Atlas Corps Network.” We count on you for the support, which helped Atlas Corps achieve progressive growth in rapid succession. Here’s how it happened:
  • We grew from one class to three classes a year (January, May, and September).
  • We expanded from placing Fellows in one to two countries (United States and Colombia).
  • We extended recruitment from two countries to having placed Fellows from 60 countries (Class 15 includes our first Fellow from China) and we receive applicants from 130.
  • We increased the number of Host Organizations from 6 to more than 120 nonprofit, private, and government entities.
Of course, the numbers are only a fraction of the Atlas Corps story. We complete our story with the connections between people and organizations that happen because of these numbers. We look forward to hearing the stories of these Fellows as they share about the new connections that they make.


Thank you for supporting our Fellows and for believing in Atlas Corps-


P.S. Join us to welcome Atlas Corps Class 15 to Washington, DC, on Wednesday, May 7, at 6:00 PM at the office of the Human Rights Campaign. Details and RSVP at


P.P.S. Get Ready - Atlas Corps is preparing for GlobalGiving Bonus Day on July 16 - your contributions will be matched at 50%! So, mark your calendars and look forward to more details and highlights in the upcoming months.


Assistant Secretary Ryan and Atlas Corps Fellows
Assistant Secretary Ryan and Atlas Corps Fellows


2014 did become a lot more interesting with an unforgettable January! Our network is now 256 Fellows from 59 countries and 119 Host Organizations. We want to thank you for making this possible with your ongoing support!

 3 Highlights to inspire you for GlobalGiving Bonus Day:

  1. We welcomed 29 new Fellows as part of Class 14, the largest class of Atlas Corps Fellows EVER!
  2. Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Evan Ryan, applauded Fellows during the Second Annual Professional Exchange Speaker Series at the State Department.
  3. We launched our new and improved logo! This logo enhancement came courtesy of our Alum Demetrio Spinola (Spain, Class 7, Host: Habitat for Humanity); just is one of the perks of having amazingly talented Fellows!

Remember to MARK YOUR CALENDAR for GlobalGiving Bonus Day, Wednesday, February 12 (30% match for all donations up to $1,000 per donor)


Happy Holidays! Here's a fun fact for you - in 2013, you helped us raise more than $19,000 through our GlobalGiving Project. This level of generousity was higher than 2012 and directly supported the 70 Fellows serving during the course of the year. Thank you! Today, I invite you to reflect on all of our achievements of the past 12 months. Together, you and I (along with the Atlas Corps network) took our global service movement to the next level. This period of reflection is also a great time for celebration and preparation for 2014. In less than two weeks, we will announce Class 14 - our first class of 2014 AND our largest class to date. Until then, enjoy our top five highlights of the year. 

THANK YOU and Happy Holidays!


P.S. Of course, there is still time to "give the gift of service" before the end of the year. Can we push our GlobalGiving donations to more than $20,000 before the end of the year. You're gift will go directly to support our incoming Fellows in January! All donations made before December 31, 2013, will be matched $1 for $1.


5. Achieved 70% of Vision 2015
-our goal of expanding to 100 Fellows per year; we supported 70 Fellows in 2013.

4. Recruited Fellows from 54 countries
-we received applications from more than 150 countries.

3. Welcomed Class 13, including 3 South Sudanese Fellows
-as part of our collaboration with the U.S. State Department and Humanity United.

2. Achieved 206 Fellows and 105 Host Organizations
-including Aldo Arce (Mexico, Class 9, Host: National Audubon Society) who received the Intercultural Innnovation Award from United Nations.

1. Launched 1st Atlas Corps Community Leaders
-virtual network for top-ranked applicant finalists to provide distance learning and professional development.


First Fellows from South Sudan - September 2013
First Fellows from South Sudan - September 2013


Happy Thanksgiving! Today, friends and family will gather to celebrate a national holiday in the United States - Thanksgiving Day. Officially, the holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. Currently, it is a day when we show our gratitude by joining together to share a meal. At Atlas Corps, we give thanks for the many people (like YOU!) in our network who have contributed to this organization over the past seven years. We started as an idea in 2006 and have grown to a network of 206 Fellows from 54 countries, 105 Host Organizations, and 200 Community Leaders. This year, as you gather around tables to enjoy the traditional holiday foods of turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie (a first for many of our Fellows), may we offer you a side of appreciation?

Your support provided the opportunity for Lukudu Williams (South Sudan, Class 13, Host: National Endowment for Democracy) to be one of our first Fellows from South Sudan and to experience the NED 30th Anniversary Celebration. Read his reflection. By supporting them as Atlas Corps Fellows, you have inspired a lifetime of positive community engagement at home and abroad. We thank social media for providing the medium for them to share their stories with us and the world, so it is our honor to pass along their stories. 

We invite you to join our celebration of "thanksgiving." Send us an #AtlasCorpsThanks message on our social media: FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter!

In other exciting news, look forward to a BIG announcement about our Class 14 (January 2014) in December. My sources tell me that we will welcome our largest Class to date! While you eagerly await, you can reacquaint yourself with our current Fellows.

Happy and everyday!


P.S. Remember, this Tuesday (December 3) is GivingTuesday - the national day of giving. We encourage you to kick off the holiday spirit with a special gift to our Atlas Corps Fellows!


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