2007 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship Announced

The Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto, California, has announced the 2007 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship and awards totaling $10,150,000 to ten organizations.

The awards are designed to advance lasting solutions to critical social challenges and recognize programs effecting positive change on issues of tolerance and human rights, health, environmental sustainability, peace and security, institutional responsibility, and economic and social equity. Each recipient organization will receive three-year grants of more than $1 million.

"This year's awardees — as in prior years — all reflect the essence of a Skoll social entrepreneur: a practical innovator who creates sustainable engines at the grassroots level, putting into place the lasting means to get housing, education, health care, and other critical resources to the world's impoverished and vulnerable billions," said Skoll Foundation president and CEO Sally Osberg. "They offer a model for a new kind of leader who melds the discipline of business with the perspective of those less fortunate, and brings a tough-minded optimism to bear on the biggest challenges confronting our communities, our countries and the planet."

For a complete list of this year's recipients, visit the foundation's Web site.