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:
- Amazon Conservation Team
- American Council on Renewable Energy
- Digital Divide Data
- Half the Sky Foundation
- Partners in Health
- PeaceWorks Foundation
- Population and Community Development Association
- Visayan Forum Foundation
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.
For more information:
- Skoll Foundation Adds Eleven Pioneering Organizations to its Global Portfolio of Leading Social Entrepreneurs (March 11, 2008)
- Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship – Home page
- Skoll Awards Ceremony – 2008 (includes video)
- Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship – 2007 Winners
- Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship – 2006 Winners