The Echo Foundation

The Echo Foundation promotes justice and inspires hope through education, creative acts of service, and the development of leadership for a more humane world.

Through comprehensive educational programs, The Echo Foundation equips individuals with moral and intellectual tools necessary to create positive change in their local and global communities. Echo initiatives use the power of example to educate about critical issues of human rights and social justice. Experiential learning opportunities, programs using the arts in service to humankind, and facilitated dialogue in the pursuit of solutions are hallmarks of the organization.

The foundation was created in 1997 by Stephanie Ansaldo, with Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel serving as Honorary Chair, following Wiesel’s visit to Charlotte that year. As the community-wide project Against Indifference concluded, Wiesel challenged the community to act on its convictions of human dignity, justice, and moral courage. He also offered his assistance in developing programs to address critical issues facing humanity.

Today, Echo delivers programming through five core initiatives. The foundation has hosted 19 humanitarians, Nobel Laureates and world leaders, served over 600,000 students, and forged partnerships worldwide. For more information about The Echo Foundation, visit www.echofoundation.org.

Echo History

 

1997
Elie Wiesel visits Charlotte

The Echo Foundation is formed

 

2000
The Harry Wu Project

The Varian Fry Project

The White Rose

An Evening with Charles Fawcett

 

2001
The Kerry Kennedy Project

 

2002
The Wole Soyinka Project

Jonathan Kozol

An Evening with Barbara Mooyaart-Doubleday

 

2003
The Jeffrey Sachs Project

The Syl Cheney-Coker Project

The Father Robert F. Drinan Event

 

2004
The Bernard Kouchner Project

The Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Project

 

2005
A Gathering of Nobel Laureates

 

2006
Echo Returns: Young Heroes of Hope

Peter Agre: My Life in Science

Footsteps Global Initiative founded

 

2007 
The Echo Foundation 10th Anniversary

A Decade Inspired by Elie Wiesel

Inauguration of IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF ELIE WIESEL

 

2008 
From Rwanda to Darfur with Bishop Rucyahana and John Prendergast

ECHO ABROAD: Footsteps in Rwanda

 

2009 
One by One by One... Paul Farmer & Partners In Health