Skoll Foundation

Skoll Foundation

Skoll Foundation

Overview
Date Founded

2002

Headquarters

250 University Avenue,Suite 200,Palo Alto, CA 94301-1738

Charitable Causes

Private Independent Foundations

Company Description

Jeff Skoll created The Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Led by CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, our mission is to drive large scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs are society’s change agents, creators of innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world for the better. By identifying the people and programs already bringing positive change around the world, we empower them to extend their reach, deepen their impact and fundamentally improve society. We are now one of the leading foundations in the field of social entrepreneurship. Over the past 13 years, we have awarded more than $358 million, including investments in 97 remarkable social entrepreneurs and 80 organizations on five continents around the world who are creating a brighter future for underserved communities. In addition to our grant-making, we fund a $20 million+ portfolio of program-related and mission-aligned investments. In 2003, we partnered with the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford to launch the first academic center dedicated to social entrepreneurship, the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. We also support and partner with many pioneers and innovators in the field, organizations such as Ashoka, Acumen Fund and Duke University’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship. As the field has matured and we enter our second decade, we are focusing our strategy. We are developing a deeper understanding of the issue areas where our social entrepreneurs operate so we can apply more resources at critical moments to maximize our collective impact. Learn more about our approach. Beyond investments and partnerships, we also operate programs that foster collaboration such as the Skoll World Forum which is the premier conference on social entrepreneurship and now a year-round online platform where executive audiences can learn about the latest news and innovative approaches in a variety of focus areas (e.g. deforestation, education and economic opportunity, or healthcare access and treatment), and engage with the world’s leading thinkers and doers of social change on key questions, challenges and opportunities. We also share the stories of social entrepreneurs through partnerships with leading film and broadcast organizations such as the PBS NewsHour and the Sundance Institute, which help drive public awareness of social entrepreneurship and its potential to address the critical issues of our time.

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Executives & Employees

President & Chief Executive Officer

Director Social Edge

Director Social Edge

Director Programs

Managing Director Sgtf

Director of Global Partnerships

Director, Skoll Community & Convenings

Vice President Program & Impact

Founder

Chief Operating Officer

Board of Directors

Founder at Skoll Foundation

Director at Skoll Foundation

Chief Communications & Brand Officer at Share Our Strength, Inc.

Executive Director at Santa Clara University - The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

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Advisors & Consultants
Auditor

Grant Thornton LLP provides audit, tax and advisory services. It offers financial reporting and accounting advisory services, accounting standards for not-for-profit organizations, accounting standards for private, tax planning and compliance, research and development, government incentives, indirect tax, global mobility services, us corporate tax, us personal tax, international, transfer pricing, succession and estate planning, transactions, recovery and reorganization, personal insolvency, creditor updates, business risk services, forensics and dispute resolution. The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

Non-Profit Donations & Grants
Non-Profit Donations & Grants Received
$8.62M
12/2003
$20M
04/2002
$20M
10/29/2001
Investments
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Metabiota, Inc. provides science and data analytics. It built on a foundation of epidemiology and international field science, includes a worldwide network of on-the-ground experts, metabiota delivers actionable, data-driven insights that help countries, governments and corporations manage and mitigate infectious diseases. The company was founded by Nathan Wolfe in 2008 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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Nanosolar, Inc. designs, engineers and manufactures thin film solar cells and panels. It utilizes Print2Power platform that enables higher conversion efficiency and superior thermal stability. The firm offers through its locations in Germany, Switzerland & the United States. The company was founded in May 2002 by Martin R. Roscheisen and Brian Sager and is headquartered in San Jose, CA.

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