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Anousheh is a member of the Board of Trustees of the X-Prize Foundation, as well as a member of the X-Prize Foundation's Vision Circle. An active proponent of world-changing technologies, Anousheh has dreamed of space exploration since childhood. Her family provided the title sponsorship for the Ansari X-Prize, a $10 million cash award for the first non-governmental organization to launch a reusable manned spacecraft into space twice within two weeks. Scaled Composites' Burt Rutan won the prize in 2004.

"The Mission of the X PRIZE is to enable radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity."

Evolution through competition.

Because of the dramatic nature of the achievement, the X PRIZE Foundation is now widely recognized as the leading model for fostering innovation through the use of competitions.

Ashoka's mission is to shape a citizen sector that is entrepreneurial, productive and globally integrated, and to develop the profession of social entrepreneurship around the world. Ashoka identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs - extraordinary individuals with unprecedented ideas for change in their communities - supporting them, their ideas and institutions through all phases of their careers. Ashoka Fellows benefit from being part of the global Fellowship for life.

Anousheh supports ASHOKA as an E2 (entrepreneur to entrepreneur). She invests time and money in Ashoka to build their capacity and work with social entrepreneurs in the region around Iran, including the Middle East and Central Asia. She also works online via Changemakers.net.

PARSA Community Foundation's is the leading philanthropic institution promoting strategic philanthropy and social entrepreneurship amongst the global Iranian diaspora. Its mission is to:

a) preserve and advance Persian arts and culture,

b) develop leaders through fellowships and scholarships, and

c) encourage civic participation through non-profit capacity building and voter registration.

It is non religious, non political, and does not make grants in Iran at this time.

Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center takes action to identify, protect and improve the lives of abused and neglected children. To find out more, please go to http://www.cacplano.org/.