Skoll Foundation Extends Support for Social Entrepreneurs

The Skoll Foundation in Palo Alto, California, has announced new grants to the inaugural 2005 recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (SASE). The foundation also awarded grants to two new SASE recipients and centers working to build a global system to support social entrepreneurs, bringing the total of new grants awarded to $19.2 million.

The foundation's flagship program, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship is designed to identify and support social entrepreneurs who are effectively addressing key challenges in six key areas: tolerance and human rights, health, environmental sustainability, peace and security, institutional responsibility, and economic and social equity. The thirteen original awardees, all of whom received unrestricted three-year awards, will receive new grants totaling $15.2 million to help scale their organizations and drive permanent social change.

The newest SASE recipients are Teach for All and Apopo. Teach For All, a new organization created by Teach For America and Teach First in the United Kingdom, will receive more than $1 million to help entrepreneurs in other countries who are pursuing local development of the Teach For America model. And Apopo, which trains rats to detect landmines, will receive more than $1 million to expand its mine-detection model in Africa.

To expand the "global ecosystem" that social entrepreneurs need to succeed, Skoll also awarded $1.1 million to the Global Social Benefit Incubator at Santa Clara University in California and almost $900,000 to the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship at Duke University.

"We have had the chance to work closely with our initial group of Skoll social entrepreneurs over the last three years, helping us better understand both what is most effective in driving systemic change and what these innovators need to be successful," said Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg. "The additional investments we're making now show our continued support for the power of the social entrepreneurial model and our commitment to helping build a global network to support social entrepreneurs."

"Skoll Foundation Extends Investments in Leading Social Entrepreneurs." Skoll Foundation Press Release 08/26/2008.