Skoll Foundation Announces New Recipients of $1 Million Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship

Skoll Foundation The Skoll Foundation announced in March eleven new recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship.  This program provides a three-year, $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.

The new award recipients are:

More information on these organizations is provided in the Skoll Foundation announcement.  In commenting on the new awards, Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, said:

We know solutions exist around the world that have transformed millions of lives, in a sustainable way, across education, health, environmental and other social systems.  We think the new Skoll social entrepreneurs represent some of the best, most innovative, of those solutions, and bring an exciting new level of energy and creativity to our portfolio.  These remarkable individuals and their tireless teams are tackling issues that require our most immediate attention. And most importantly, the models they have developed have the potential for vastly increased impact.

The Skoll Foundation accepts applications and grants awards for the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship on a year-round basis. The application deadlines remaining in 2008 are August 5 and November 4.  You can also learn more about the Skoll Award in the following video, which spotlights 2007 award winners.

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Free Audio Available of “Funding Social Enterprises” Panel at Stanford University

On Sunday, February 24, a panel session entitled Funding Social Enterprises took place at Stanford University.  The panel was part of Stanford’s recent Entrepreneurship Week and was sponsored by the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Center for Social Innovation at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and the Digital Vision Program at Stanford.  More than 150 people attended this panel, which discussed strategies for financing social enterprises.  Panel participants were:

The following free audio (MP3 format) of the event is available:

Initial Application Deadline for $1 Million Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is March 18

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 specific application deadlines for 2008 are:

  • March 18, 2008
  • August 5, 2008
  • November 4, 2008

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Social Venture Capital Firms and Other Funding Sources for Social Entrepreneurs Highlighted by Inc. Magazine

Do-Gooder Finance (and related sidebar Social Capital) is an article in the February 2008 issue of Inc. that highlights social venture capital firms and banks that support social entrepreneurs.  The article includes information on the experiences of two social entrepreneurs who obtaining funding from these sources — Priya Haji, founder of World of Good, who obtained a line of credit from RSF Social Finance, Root Capital, and Shared Interest; and Charlie Crystle, founder of Mission Reseach, who obtained funding from Underdog Ventures.  Other funding sources mentioned in the article and sidebar include Good Capital, New Resource Bank, ShoreBank Pacific, and TBL Capital.

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