March 1, 2012 is Application Deadline for 2013 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll FoundationThe Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is a program of the Skoll Foundation that provides a cash award to social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential to make a significant impact on issues such as environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security.  This award is intended to provide core support for organizations with a track record of at least than three years to help them expand their programs and capacity to deliver long-term, sustainable change.  Awards are presented at the Skoll World Forum, which takes place annually in Oxford, England in March.

The application deadline for the 2013 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is March 1, 2012.  For more information:

2011 Winners of Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship Announced

Skoll FoundationEarlier this month the Skoll Foundation announced the 2011 winners of the The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship.  This program of provides a cash award to social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential to make a significant impact on issues such as environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security. 

“Many of the most challenging problems we face – access to clean water, effective and affordable healthcare, and literacy and education – are rooted in poverty.  But looking at our 2011 Skoll Award winners, I see great hope for the future,” said Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation. “The four social entrepreneurs we honor this year offer scalable, proven solutions to these truly daunting problems.”

The four 2011 Skoll Awardees are:

Rebecca Onie, Health Leads
Onie founded Health Leads (formerly Project HEALTH) with Dr. Barry Zuckerman, Chair of Pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, to expand the capacity of clinics to connect patients with food, housing and other resources that they need to be healthy and to build a pipeline of new leaders in the health care system. In the clinics where Health Leads operates, doctors can “prescribe” these critical resources just as they would medication. Patients take their prescriptions to the clinic waiting room, where Health Leads’ college volunteers connect them to the necessary resources. In 2010, 57 percent of Health Leads’ patients obtained at least one resource in 90 days (e.g., a family with an asthmatic child needs help getting heat in the winter) and 83 percent of volunteer graduates entered jobs or advanced study in the fields of health and poverty.

Ned Breslin, Water For People
Breslin spent more than 16 years in Africa working on water and sanitation before joining Water For People and introducing bold, systemic solutions to critical issues facing the sector. Water For People partners with communities in developing countries to create sustainable, locally-maintained drinking water solutions and supports market-driven sanitation solutions, such as its Sanitation as a Business program. Accountability and sustainability are major focuses for the organization. It recently developed a new monitoring and evaluation technology called FLOW (Field Level Operations Watch,) which leverages Android technology and Google Earth software for tracking the status of water points at least 10 years after implementation.

Ellen Moir, New Teacher Center
Moir, a longtime teacher and educator of teachers, founded the New Teacher Center (NTC), which improves student achievement in American public schools. NTC does this by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers, specifically those who work with low-income, minority and English as a second language (ESL) students. Its mentorship and professional development programs provide support and guidance to novice teachers in the early stages of their careers, as well as to principals and administrators. NTC also influences policy at the district, state, and federal levels. It is the only national nonprofit in the US that is focused on new teacher effectiveness and inducted 26,818 teachers and 1,762 new and experienced principals (reaching 1.84 million students) in 2009-10.

Madhav Chavan, Pratham
Chavan leads Pratham, whose goal is to ensure that every child is in school and learning well. Pratham works across urban and rural India, mobilizing volunteers to execute low-cost solutions to maximize government efforts. Starting by setting up pre-schools in community spaces or people’s homes in slums, Pratham introduces remedial literacy learning in Indian schools and focuses on measuring outcomes. It launched Read India, which has trained over a million volunteers and teachers, reaching more than 34 million children. Pratham also created partnerships that publish children’s books and provide computer and English learning. It developed the Annual Status of Education Report, a nationwide household survey that assesses the impact of government spending on education. Visit PrathamUSA.

Also, as a reminder, the final application deadline for the 2012 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is April 27, 2011.  For more information:

April 27 is Application Deadline for 2012 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll FoundationThe Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is a program of the Skoll Foundation that provides a cash award to social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential to make a significant impact on issues such as environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security.  This award is intended to provide core support for organizations with a track record of at least than three years to help them expand their programs and capacity to deliver long-term, sustainable change.  Awards are presented at the Skoll World Forum, which takes place annually in Oxford, England in March.

The final application deadline for the 2012 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is April 27, 2011.  For more information:

Sally Osberg (President and CEO, Skoll Foundation) to Speak at The Commonwealth Club on July 27

On July 27, The Commonwealth Club of California will present Sally Osberg (President and CEO, Skoll Foundation) as the next speaker in its Social Entrepreneurship in America series.  This series began in May and will run through March 2011 (see below).  The program on the 27th will start at 5:30 pm and take place at The Commonwealth Club of California, 595 Market Street – 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105.  Additional information and registration is available here.

Complete Series Schedule

MAY 24, 2010
Muhammad Yunus
Founder, Grameen Bank and Grameen America, Nobel Laureate

JUNE 22, 2010
Conchy Bretos
CEO, MIA Consulting Group, Ashoka Fellow

JULY 27, 2010
Sally Osberg
President & CEO, The Skoll Foundation

SEPTEMBER 14, 2010
Christopher Gergen
Director, Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative, Duke University

OCTOBER 7, 2010
Mary Houghton
President, ShoreBank Corporation

OCTOBER 26, 2010
Bill Drayton
Founder & Chairman, Ashoka

NOVEMBER 17, 2010
William Foote*
Founder & CEO, Root Capital, Ashoka Global Fellow

DECEMBER 8, 2010
Premal Shah*
Co-Founder & President, Kiva

JANUARY 12, 2011
Jacqueline Novogratz
CEO, The Acumen Fund

FEBRUARY 9, 2011
Matt Bannick
Managing Partner, Omidyar Network

FEBRUARY 23, 2011
Jed Emerson
Author, Blended Value

MARCH 8, 2011
Louise Burnham Packard
Executive Director, Trinity Boston Foundation

MARCH 29, 2011
Kriss Dieglmeier
Executive Director, Center for Social Innovation, Stanford University 

August 4 is Final Application Deadline for 2011 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll Foundation The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is a program of the Skoll Foundation that provides a grant of approximately $750,000 over three years to social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential to make a significant impact on issues such as environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security.  This award is intended to provide core support for organizations with a track record of at least than three years to help them expand their programs and capacity to deliver long-term, sustainable change.  Awards are presented at the Skoll World Forum, which takes place annually in Oxford, England in March.

The final application deadline for the 2011 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is August 4, 2010.  For more information:

BBC World News Completes Airing of 8-Part Series on Social Entrepreneurship

As a follow-up to this prior post, BBC World News recently completed airing Alvin's Guide to Good Busines, an 8-part series on social entrepreneurship around the world.

This series follows financial expert Alvin Hall as he visits a different social entrepreneur each week.  He'll look at business models, impact, and the challenges of scaling an enterprise. This series is produced by RockhopperTV in partnership with the Skoll Foundation.  An inside look behind the scenes at the making of the series is available on the production blog.

All eight episodes are available below.

Episode 1: Riders for Health

Episode 2: IDE I

Episode 3: MSC

Episode 4: Apopo

Episode 5: Partners in Health

Episode 6: Friends International

Episode 7: Camfed

Episode 8: Kiva

February 17, 2010 is Next Application Deadline for Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is a program of the Skoll Foundation that provides a grant of approximately $750,000 over three years to social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential to make a significant impact on issues such as environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security.  This award is intended to provide core support for organizations with a track record of at least than three years to help them expand their programs and capacity to deliver long-term, sustainable change.  Awards are presented at the Skoll World Forum, which takes place annually in Oxford, England in March.

Applications for the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship are accepted and reviewed by the Skoll Foundation throughout the year.  The next application deadline is February 17, 2010.

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August 12, 2009 is Next Application Deadline for Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is a program of the Skoll Foundation that provides a grant of approximately $750,000 over three years to social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential to make a significant impact on issues such as environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security.  This award is intended to provide core support for organizations with a track record of at least than three years to help them expand their programs and capacity to deliver long-term, sustainable change.  Awards are presented at the Skoll World Forum, which takes place annually in Oxford, England in March.

Applications for the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship are accepted and reviewed by the Skoll Foundation throughout the year.  You can also learn more about the Skoll Award on the Skoll Foundation's YouTube channel.

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March 3, 2009 is Next Application Deadline for $1 Million Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is a program of the Skoll Foundation that provides a $1 million grant to social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential to make a significant impact on issues such as environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security.  This award is intended to provide core support for organizations with a track record of at least than three years to help them expand their programs and capacity to deliver long-term, sustainable change.  Awards are presented at the Skoll World Forum, which takes place annually in Oxford, England in March.

Applications for the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship are accepted and reviewed by the Skoll Foundation throughout the year.  You can also learn more about the Skoll Award in the following video, which spotlights 2007 award winners.

For more information:

November 4th is Next Application Deadline for $1 Million Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is a program of the Skoll Foundation that provides a $1 million grant to social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential to make a significant impact on issues such as environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security.  This award is intended to provide core support for organizations with a track record of at least than three years to help them expand their programs and capacity to deliver long-term, sustainable change.  Awards are presented at the Skoll World Forum, which takes place annually in Oxford, England in March.

Applications for the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship are accepted and reviewed by the Skoll Foundation throughout the year.  The remaining application deadline for 2008 is November 4, 2008 (the first deadline for 2009 will be March 3, 2009).   You can also learn more about the Skoll Award in the following video, which spotlights 2007 award winners.

For more information: