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Private and Nonprofit Sector Partnership Encourages International Exchange and Cooperation

Washington, DC, March 12, 2008 --( Atlas Service Corps, Inc. (Atlas Corps), a new international nonprofit organization bringing global nonprofit leaders to the United States, announces support from DuPont for its inaugural fellows program.

As a founding corporate sponsor, DuPont will support 2007-08 Atlas Corps Fellow Gargi Saha from India. With more than six years experience in anti-human trafficking, women’s safety and youth rights, Ms. Saha is spending her yearlong fellowship with Youth Venture, a youth development organization that invests in teams of young people to start their own sustainable ventures that create lasting benefit to their communities. Before receiving the fellowship, Gargi was a senior program coordinator at CHILDLINE India Foundation in Delhi.

“DuPont welcomes the opportunity to work with Atlas Corps in support of this innovative exchange program that promotes international cooperation between the private and nonprofit sectors,” said Dawn Rittenhouse, director, sustainable development - DuPont.

The partnership between Atlas Corps and DuPont during the inaugural program creates a dynamic intersection of the private and nonprofit sectors. Atlas Corps fellowships address social issues related to the UN Millennium Development Goals including health, education, poverty, hunger, gender equity, the environment, and human rights. Partnerships between the private and nonprofit sectors represent the future of integrative approaches to sustainable development and new avenues to address the UN Millennium Development Goals. DuPont sponsorship of the Fellow strengthens important relationships within the nonprofit sectors in the U.S. and India through an exchange of information, skills and resources.

Atlas Corps is piloting the program this year with three Fellows from India and four Fellows from Colombia. Fellows are placed with nonprofit Host organizations in the United States to learn best practices, share knowledge, and develop key management skills in the nonprofit sector. Upon completion of the one-year program, Fellows will return home to strengthen their local nonprofit sectors. Atlas Corps is building a global network of Fellows and partners who will learn from each other and create strategic knowledge networks for private and nonprofit partners alike.

“Through support from DuPont, we are looking forward to developing new and innovative approaches to sustainable development and international cooperation,” said Scott Beale, founder and executive director of Atlas Corps.

About Atlas Service Corps, Inc.
Atlas Service Corps, Inc. (Atlas Corps) is a new citizen sector organization (nonprofit) that brings rising citizen sector leaders from the global south to the United States for a year of service and training in the nonprofit sector.

Through this fellowship program, Atlas Corps is addressing the lack of international cooperation in the citizen sector and is building the infrastructure to collaboratively tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. Atlas Corps strives to build the capacity of the nonprofit sector both in the United States and overseas through this exchange.


For additional information, please contact Atlas Corps Executive Director Scott Beale at 202-669-4497 or
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