What We Do
On March 12, 1997, internationally revered humanitarian and Nobel Laureate for Peace, Elie Wiesel spoke “Against Indifference” to over 23,000 students and adults in Charlotte. So inspired was he by this visit, that as he left, he challenged the community to act on its convictions in the critical areas of human dignity, justice and moral courage.
Through cutting-edge educational programs, The Echo Foundation develops in young people the moral and intellectual tools necessary to effect positive change in their local and global communities. Echo initiatives use the power of example to inspire action on 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 innovative solutions are hallmarks of the organization. Each year, The Echo Foundation brings world-renowned humanitarians to Charlotte to deliver messages that galvanize souls to action on behalf of humankind.
The foundation has hosted 34 humanitarians, Nobel Laureates and world leaders and created curriculum about each; serving over 741,000 students in the greater Charlotte-Mecklenburg region, and forging partnerships to benefit students worldwide. Recent projects have focused on former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke; MacArthur Genius and author Aleksandar Hemon, Partners In Health founder Dr. Paul Farmer; and Africa expert and activist, John Prendergast, to name a few.