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The Echo Foundation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness

Mission: The Echo Foundation brings world-renowned humanitarians to Charlotte to deliver messages that galvanize souls to action on behalf of humankind. We do this so that we may build a city that embraces racial diversity, culture and tolerance, and in the hopes that we can inspire the community to act. We bring together people from all corners of the region to act on their highest principles through student dialogues, teacher training workshops, musical programs, art and writing projects and more. While our primary focus is always humanity, our secondary focus is specific to the individual speaker. For example, while Elie Wiesel spoke against indifference, the secondary focus was the Holocaust. In time, other programs may center on race relations, children’s well-being, human rights, ethnic warfare, justice and ethical decision making.

Results: Since its founding in 1997, The Echo Foundation has been committed to the promotion of education and social justice. Our mission is to promote justice and inspire hope through education, service and the development of leadership for a more humane world. This pursuit has been realized through five key initiatives: Voices Against Indifference, Books Beyond Borders, Living Together in the 21st Century, Forum for Hope and Footsteps Global Initiative.

Target demographics: people from all corners of the region

Direct beneficiaries per year: 800 students

Geographic areas served: Charlotte, NC

Programs: student dialogues, teacher training workshops, musical programs, art and writing projects and more

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