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Ami Dar

Founder and Executive Director,


Ami Dar is the founder and executive director of Built in 1996 with $3,500, Idealist has become one of the most popular nonprofit resources on the Web, with information posted by 70,000 organizations around the world and a staff of 60 in New York, Portland, and Buenos Aires. In 2000 the Stern Family Fund selected Ami as its annual Public Interest Pioneer, awarding him a $100,000 grant that allowed it to grow into the $3 million organization it is today. In 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005, the Nonprofit Times included Ami in its annual list of the 50 most influential people in the nonprofit sector, and in 2004 Ashoka invited him to join its global fellowship of social entrepreneurs. In 2005 Time magazine name him a Philanthropy Innovator, and in 2006 the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business awarded Ami its annual Leadership in Social Entrepreneurship Award