An Open Letter from Social Entrepreneurs to President Trump

Signed by 443 (as of 2/27/17 2:43AM EST)

CC: Geoff Livingston

Dear President Trump,

As leaders who have spent our careers pioneering innovative solutions for many of our nation’s and the world’s most entrenched challenges, we write to express our unequivocal disagreement with your Executive Order issued on January 27, 2017, which banned individuals from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. We believe the order violates one of America’s most closely-held values to block entry to a targeted minority, whether comprised of temporary visitors, immigrants, or refugees. This is especially true for those who live on the edge of survival in war zones and refugee camps and have waited for years to call this great country their new home.

Groups like ours exist to help lift up the poorest and most marginalized with innovative solutions. In our opinion, this ban will make our work to foster peace, sustainability, opportunity and inclusiveness much harder. This action has unfortunately intensified fear, bigotry, and division in communities across our nation and the world, giving our organizations still more challenges to overcome. It has also decreased trust of Americans as we travel — it conveys that America is a country that no longer values diversity but operates from a place of prejudice.

We believe that immigrants and visitors from these nations should be allowed into the US to help increase the efficacy of the work we do to build peace and prosperity both at home and around the world. Collectively, we employ tens of thousands of people, and we have always found that the most powerful solutions for societal ills only emerge with the intimate involvement of those whom we work to serve. Diversity is the lifeblood of social, economic, and political progress, and policies that impede this value weaken our ability to innovate and implement social change.

We fear that such policies limit opportunity, inclusion, and our nation’s opportunity to engage with the world. We stand with the millions of people around the globe who have joined hands in resistance to efforts to sow fear and create false divisions along the lines of religion, ethnicity, country of origin, gender, or any other degree of difference.

You have expressed skepticism about the government’s abilities to solve problems alone, so we hope you will listen to the voices of those of us who lead organizations on the front lines of social change each and every day, using business best practices and often partnering with government. We respectfully request, Mr. President, that you do not deny us the right of welcoming people, regardless of their religion or nationality, to our shores. We must continue to communicate the values of inclusiveness and opportunity for all, values that our nation has always worked hard to live and to model.

Your fellow Americans,

Karim Abouelnaga, Practice Makes Perfect

Chase Adam, Watsi

Yvette Alberdingk Thijm, WITNESS

Jeff Albert, Aquaya Institute

Tutu Alicante, EG Justice

April Allderdice, MicroEnergy Credits

Eleanor Allen, Water For People

Jacob Allen, pilotED Schools

Miriam Altman, Kinvolved

Seth Andrew, Democracy Builders

Noam Angrist, Young 1ove

Emily Arnold-Fernandez, Asylum Access

Mark Arnoldy, Possible

Hal Aronson, We Care Solar

Justine Stamen Arrillaga, The TEAK Fellowship

Katy Ashe, Noora Health

Christopher Ategeka, Health Access Corps

Norman Atkins, Relay, GSE

David Auerbach, Sanergy

Madison Ayer, Honey Care

Manik Bhat, Healthify

Louise Baigelman, Story Shares

Michael Bailin, former Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and Public/Private Ventures

Ross Baird, Village Capital

Kanya Balakrishna, The Future Project

Molly Baldwin, Roca

Andrew Balster, Archeworks

Avery Bang, Bridges to Prosperity

Carol Barash, Story2

Caroline Baron, FilmAid International

Terri Barreiro, Impact Hub MSP

Richard Barth, KIPP

Scott Beale, Atlas Corps

Toma Bedolla, House of Genius

Tiffani Ashley Bell, The Human Utility

Adam Bendell, Toniic Institute

Daniel Ben-Horin, TechSoup Global

Kathleen Bennett, The Girls’ Middle School

Zach Berke, Exygy

Alexandra Bernadotte, Beyond 12

Charles Best, DonorsChoose

Nina Blackwell, Firelight Foundation

Kara Bobroff, Native American Community Academy Inspired Schools Network (NISN)

Naila Bolus, Jumpstart

Kristyn Klei Borrero, CT3

Katie Bouton, Koya Leadership Partners

Jenny Bowen, OneSky for All Children

Christen Brandt, She’s the First

Sara Brenner, Community Wealth Partners

Ned Breslin, Tennyson Center for Children

Gabriel Brodbar, NYU Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship

Thomas Bukowski, Watsi

Boris Bulayev, Educate!

Cecily Burge, SOLID

Susan Burns, Global Footprint Network

Christy Turlington Burns, Every Mother Counts

Will Byrne, Groundswell

Jorge Calderon, Eddily

Gillian Caldwell, Global Witness

Andy Calkins, EDUCAUSE | Next Generation Learning Challenges

Dianne Calvi, Village Enterprise

Antionette Carroll, Creative Reaction Lab

Tom Carroll, The Global Development Incubator

Robert J. Caruso, The Kantian Group

David Castro, I-LEAD, Inc.

Sasha Chanoff, RefugePoint

Jane Chen, Embrace Innovations

Anya Cherneff, Empower Generation

David Cherner, YOL

Gerald Chertavian, Year Up

Jared Chung, CareerVillage

Kate Cincotta, Saha Global

Catherine Clark, CASE i3 at Duke

Sam Cobbs, First Place For Youth

Yolanda Coentro, Institute for Nonprofit Practice

Celine Coggins, Teach Plus

Gary Cohen, Health Care Without Harm

Frank Cohn, Global Potential

Benjamin Cokelet, PODER

Kathleen Colson, The BOMA Project

Gregg Croteau, UTEC, Inc.

Margaret Crotty, Partnership with Children

Peter Crumlish, Dwight Hall at Yale

Cecilia Corral, CareMessage

Jeremy Courtney, Preemptive Love Coalition

Kate Curran, School the World

Tim Daly, EdNavigator

Ami Dar, Idealist

Gayatri Datar, EarthEnable

Stuart Davidson, Sonen

Aimee Eubanks Davis, Braven

Steve Davis, PATH

Eric Dawson, Peace First

Alex Dehgan, Conservation X Labs

Kriss Deiglmeier, Tides

Alisa Del Tufo, Threshold Collaborative

Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn, Pilot Light

David Dewane, Impact Design Hub

Mark DiBella, YES Prep Public Schools

Betsy Dickey, Ready for Reading

Susan Dix Lyons, Clinica Verde

Stephanie Dodson, Project Healthy Children

Krista Donaldson, D-Rev: Design Revolution

Robin Richards Donohoe, Draper Richards LP

Cheryl Dorsey, Echoing Green

Ellen Dorsey, Wallace Global Fund

Michael Dougherty, Pencils of Promise

Bill Draper, Draper Richards LP

Mallika Dutt, Breakthrough

David Dvorkin, Hire Cause

Thomas Dwyer, FinQlusion International

Jeff Dykstra, Partners in Food Solutions

Michael Eckhart, American Council On Renewable Energy

Nell Edgington, Social Velocity

Nick Ehrmann, Blue Engine

Kamran Elahian, Global Catalyst Foundation

Zohre Elahian, Global Catalyst Foundation

Anna Elliot, Bamyan Media

Edith Elliott, Noora Health

Curt Ellis, FoodCorps

Kristen Engberg, Beespace

Kila Englebrook, Social Enterprise Alliance

Gabriela Enrigue, Prospera

Abby Falik, Global Citizen Year

Rey Faustino, One Degree

Mike Feinberg, KIPP

Amanda Fernandez, Latinos for Education

Christina Fialho, ‎Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC)

Natalie Fields, Accountability Counsel

Aria Finger, DoSomething

Kevin Fiori, Jr., Hope Through Health

Zach First, Drucker Institute

David Flink, Eye to Eye

Lennon Flowers, The Dinner Party

William Foote, Root Capital

Wendy Foster, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

Steve Fox, ThinkImpact

Marc Freedman,

Talia Frenkel, L.

Keith Frome, College Summit | Peer Forward

Jim Fruchterman, Benetech

Nicole Baker Fulgham, The Expectations Project

Khalil Fuller, Learn Fresh

Peter Gabriel, Real World and WITNESS

Alejandro Gac-Artigas, Springboard Collaborative

Doug Galen, RippleWorks

Rikin Gandhi, Digital Green

Erin Ganju, Room to Read

Grace Garey, Watsi

Saul Garlick, ThinkImpact and Unleesh

Christie George, New Media Ventures

Bob Giannino, uAspire

Catherine Gibbons, Prosperity Catalyst

Jay Coen Gilbert, B Lab

Karen Gleason, Friends of Ruwenzori Foundation

Blair Glencorse, Accountability Lab

Brian Gloede, Quarterback

Anne Goodman, Saint Luke’s Foundation

Gary Gottlieb, Partners In Health

Jason Grad, Bstow

Joe Greenstein, InnerSpace and Flixster

Jonathan Greenblatt, Anti-Defamation League

Francis Greenburger, Greenburger Center for Social & Criminal Justice

Varun Gulati, UClass

Brett Hagler, New Story

Haywood Hall, PACEMD

Kathryn Hall-Trujillo, Birthing Project USA

Kana Hammon, YCore

Mark Hanis, United to End Genocide

Caitlin Hannon, Enroll Indy

Kathryn Hanson, ALearn

Tim Hanstad, Landesa

Sarah Harkin, SDG Innovators

Scott Harrison, charity: water

Asher Hasan, Naya Jeevan

Elizabeth Hausler, Build Change

Hunter Heaney, The Voice Project

Mark Hecker, Reach Incorporated

Toni Heineman, A Home Within

Becca Heller, International Refugee Assistance Project

Jay Herratti, TED and TEDx

Jeremy Hockenstein, Digital Divide Data

Tory Dietel Hopps, Dietel Partners

Sara Horowitz, Freelancers Union

Mark Horoszowski,

Bart Houlahan, B Lab

Mia Howard, Intrepid College Prep Schools

Franklin Huang, Global Oncology

Chris Avila Hubschmann, Credit Do

Aaron Hurst, Imperative

Lola Hurst, D.C. Bully Busters

Jonathan Isham, Jr., Middlebury Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Jonathan Jackson, Dimagi

Carly Janson, New Sector Alliance

Jamie Jenkins, Building Opportunities & Opening Minds

Michael Jenkins, Forest Trends

Carl Jensen, Good Nature

Eduardo Jezierski, InSTEDD

Ari Johnson, Muso

Michele Jolin, Results for America

Monisha Kapila, ProInspire

Jordan Kassalow, VisionSpring

Andrew Kassoy, B Lab

Zac Kaufman, Vera Solutions

Manmeet Kaur, City Health Works

Kimberly Keller, David and Anita Keller Foundation

Imran Khan, Embarc

Ayesha Khanna, Points of Light | Civic Accelerator

Crystal Kigoni, Voices of Africa Foundation

Adam Kircher, SIRUM

Heather Kirkpatrick, Aspire University

Suzanne Mckechnie Klahr, BUILD

Jonathan Klein, GO Public Schools

Lisa Kleissner, KL Felicitas Foundation

Becca Bracy Knight, The Broad Center

Cynthia Koenig, Wello

Wendy Kopp, Teach For All

Sasha Kramer, SOIL

Thane Kreiner, Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship

Mari Kuraishi, GlobalGiving

Bill Kurtz, DSST Public Schools

Alexandria Lafci, New Story

Rani Langer-Croager, Uptima Business Bootcamp

Louise Langheier, Peer Health Exchange

Emmanuelle Larroque, Social Builder

Olivia Leland, Collaborative for Scaling Social Impact

Wendy Leonard, The Ihangane Project

Jane Leu, Upwardly Global and Smarter Good

Dave Levin, KIPP

Lindsay Levin, Leaders’ Quest

Jonathan Lewis, MCE Social Capital

Jim Liebman, Center for Public Research and Leadership

Seth Litt, Parent Revolution

Kirsten Lodal, LIFT

Sr. Paulette LoMonaco, Good Shepherd Services

Sheila Lopez, Braven

Mindy Lubber, Ceres

David Lubell, Welcoming America

Daniel Lubetzky, PeaceWorks Foundation

Nancy Lublin, Crisis Text Line

Joe Luft, Internationals Network for Public Schools

Erika Luitjens, CapCon Foundation

Shawn MacDonald, Verite

Harish Mamtani, SEED Education Corporation

Laura Manley, Center for Open Data Enterprise

Christina Mansfield, ‎Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC)

Megan Marcus, FuelEd

Becky Margiotta, The Billions Institute

Aleta Margolis, Center for Inspired Teaching

Alice Tepper Marlin, Social Accountability International and Stern School of Business

Joseph Marshall, Alive & Free

Spud Marshall, the

Patrice Martin,

Vivek Maru, Namati

Aliyya Shelley Mattos, PaperSeed Foundation

Emily McCann, Citizen Schools

Joe McCannon, The Billions Institute

Doug McCurry, Achievement First

Sergio Medina, RISE (Refugee and Immigrant Services)

Deborah Meier, Mission Hill School, Boston

Alexandra Meis, Kinvolved

Molly Melching, Tostan

Christine Mendonça, Humans on the Move

Deborah Menkart, Teaching for Change

Drew Meyers, Horizon

Katie Meyler, More Than Me

Joe Vasquez Michelson, Runway Edtech Accelerator

Mauricio Lim Miller, Family Independence Initiative

Daniel Lurie, Tipping Point Community

Ryan Makhani,

Zak Malamed, Student Voice

Jane Mitchell, The Reset Foundation

Bonny Moellenbrock, Investors’ Circle

Ellen Moir, New Teacher Center

Monty Montoya, SightLife

Andy Moon, SunFarmer

Carlos Moreno, Big Picture Learning

Scott Morgan, Education Pioneers

Alexis Morin, Students for Education Reform

Mario Morino, Morino Ventures, LLC

Sydney Morris, Educators for Excellence

Dana Mortenson, WorldSavvy

Erin Mote, InnovateEDU

Kathrine Mott, Let’s Get Ready

Tonya Muro, iEARN-USA

Shaheer Mustafa, Dare Family Services

Abhi Nangia, Better World Ed

Harold Nathan, Partners Asia

Sara Nathan, Amigos de las Américas

Garrett Neiman, CollegeSpring

Jeff Nelson, OneGoal

Josh Nesbit, Medic Mobile

Randy Newcomb, Humanity United

Cora Neumann, Global First Ladies Alliance

Marcus Noel, Heart of Man

Jacqueline Novogratz, Acumen

Mike O’Brien, iMentor

Rebecca Onie, Health Leads

Natalie Orfalea, Natalie Orfalea Foundation

Sally Osberg, Skoll Foundation

Daniel Oscar, Center for Supportive Schools

Julienne Oyler, African Entrepreneur Collective

Lee Paiva, No Means No Worldwide

Alfonso Paradinas, GIRL2B

Babita Patel, KIOO Project

Amy Paulson, Global Gratitude Alliance

Dave Peery, Peery Foundation

Brett Peiser, Uncommon Schools

Rocco Perla, Health Leads

Eliza Pesuit, Global Glimpse

Julien Phillips, Partners in School Innovation

Jessica Pliska, The Opportunity Network

Mark Plotkin, Amazon Conservation Team

Chris Plutte, Global Nomads Group

Hilda Polanco, Fiscal Management Associates (FMA)

Jake Porway, DataKind

Ben Powell, Agora Partnerships

Sam Pressler, Armed Services Arts Partnership

Jennifer Pryce, Calvert Social Investment Foundation

Beth Rabbitt, The Learning Accelerator

Daniel Rabuzzi, Mouse

Bennett Rathbun, Hope on a String

Anushka Ratnayake, myAgro

Dale Reardon, My Disability Matters

Scott Rechler, LearnServe International

Zak Ringelstein, PowerToPublic

David Risher, Worldreader

Sherry Riva, Compass Working Capital

Matt Robins, DeansList

Diane Robinson, Global Nomads Group

Joel Rose, New Classrooms Innovation Partners

Alan Rosskamm, Breakthrough Schools

Jessica Rothenberg-Aalami, Cell-Ed

Linda Rottenberg, Endeavor Global

Catalina Ruiz-Healy,

Tara Russell, Fathom

Tamra Ryan, Women’s Bean Project

Annamarie Saarinen, Newborn Foundation

Jessica Sager, All Our Kin

David Saltzman

Arlene Samen, One Heart World-Wide

Aylon Samouha, Transcend

Amy Saxton, Summer Search

Cassie Scarano, Commongood Careers

Sydney Schaef, reDesign

Jennifer Schechter, Hope Through Health

Beth Schmidt,

Jennifer Tisdel Schorsch,

Frank Schott, NetHope

Eric Schwarz, College for Social Innovation

Veronika Scott, The Empowerment Plan

Maureen Sedonaen, Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco

Paula Z. Segal, 596 Acres

Matt Segneri, HBS Social Enterprise Initiative

Shah Selbe, Conservify

Arjita Sethi, Equally PBC

Palak Shah, Fair Care Labs

Premal Shah, Kiva

Patrick Shandonay, Lighting For Learning

David Shapiro, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership

Dennis Shaughnessy, Northeastern University

Michael Shaver, Children’s Home Society of Florida

Sachi Shenoy, Upaya Social Ventures

Lisbeth Shepherd, Green City Force

Joanna Sherman, Bond Street Theatre Coalition

Karen Sherman, Akilah Institute

Joseph Shields, Flow Equity

Paul Shoemaker, Social Venture Partners International (SVPI)

Billy Shore, Share Our Strength

Trabian Shorters, BMe

David Simpson, All Our Kids

Evan Simpson, VillageReach

Akshat Singhal, The Blue Ribbon Movement

Jeff Skoll, The Jeff Skoll Group

Charles Slaughter, Living Goods

Ben Smilowitz, Disaster Accountability Project

Beshon Smith, Center for Supportive Schools

Nina Smith, GoodWeave International

Eric Sorensen, Carbon Roots International

Joe Speicher, Autodesk Foundation

Elissa Spelman, Breakthrough Greater Boston

Jadayah Spencer, International Youth Leadership Institute

Karen Spencer, Whole Child International

Marc Spencer, Juma Ventures

Lina Srivastava, Humans on the Move

George Srour, Building Tomorrow, Inc.

Laura Stachel, We Care Solar

Tom Stader, The Library Project

Kevin Starr, Mulago Foundation

Andrew Stern, The Global Development Incubator

Evan Stone, Educators for Excellence

Nan Stone, Former Harvard Business Review

Richard Stopol, NYC Outward Bound Schools

Eric Stowe, Splash

Christine Su, PastureMap

Richard Sugarman, The CT Forum

Yifat Susskind, MADRE

Colby Swettberg, Silver Lining Mentoring

Darian Swig, Article 3 Advisors

Abe Taleb, ReWork

Anthony Tassi, Literacy Partners

Sharon Terry, Genetic Alliance

Raj Thakkar, Charter School Business Management

Scott Thomas, Arbor Brothers

Tammy Tibbetts, She’s the First

Kirsten Tobey, Revolution Foods

Dacia Toll, Achievement First

Justin Trezza, Norris Square Neighborhood Project

Jodi Rosenbaum Tillinger, More Than Words

Keith Timko, The Support Center

Eric Tucker, Brooklyn Lab Charter Schools

Peter Twyman, Keep a Child Alive

Greg Van Kirk, Social Entrepreneur Corps

Jill Vialet, Playworks

Dan Viederman, Verite

Mathis Wackernagel, Global Footprint Network

Noha Waibsnaider, Peeled Snacks

Aaron Walker, Camelback Ventures

Faith Wallace-Gadsden, Archimedes Project

George Wang, SIRUM

Scott Warren, Generation Citizen

Sara Wasserman, Music Heals International

Regina Weichert, Lyme Nation

Daniel Weisberg, The New Teacher Project

Jeff Wetzler, Transcend

Gary White,

Tim Whitley, Carbon Offsets to Alleviate Poverty (

Kiah Williams, SIRUM

Sarah Williams, Propel Capital

Daniel Winterhalter, Wear My Values

David Wish, Little Kids Rock

Rhea Wong, Breakthrough New York

John Wood, Room to Read

Jocelyn Wyatt,

Britt Yamamoto, iLEAP

Karen Young, Sweet Readers, Inc.

Sophie Young, Sweet Readers, Inc.

Connie Yowell, Collective Shift

Craig Zelizer, PCDN

We invite leaders in the social entrepreneurship space to add their names to this letter in response to the ban on immigration in the US. Founders, Co-Founders, CEOs, Executive Directors, Presidents only please. Sign on to add your name here.

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