Skoll Foundation Helping established organizations to scale PROFILE Idea behind the foundation Supporting social entrepreneurs to help them scale their impact and create big social change Recipients of support Social entrepreneurs and NGOs Type of support Per organization investment of 1 5 million over the course of three years USP Focus on scaling the work of social entre preneurs Support volume 70 79 million in 2018 to the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepre neurship The Skoll Foundation deliber ately supports organizations that already have a proven track record It helps them scale and increase their impact The idea is that an initiative needs a certain critical size to bring about sustainable change in its field Beyond funding the foundation s focus on non financial resources such as convenings connections and communication attest to the fact that the Skoll Foundation s goal is systemic change And it wants strong social entrepreneurs to contribute to this change Founded by Jeff Skoll in 1999 the foundation in Palo Alto has been around for 20 years Skoll who owes his estimated 5 billion fortune to his career as the first president of eBay also calls himself a social entrepre neur Besides the foundation he set up Participant a production company that has created Oscar winning films such as Spotlight and Green Book and produces socio critical documentaries Things tend to get especially busy for Skoll Foundation CEO Donald Gips in the fall when much of his team per forms due diligence on applicants to gauge eligibility criteria for the Skoll Award the foundation s core program Four to six of those applicants will make it through the selection process and receive up to 1 5 million in funding That process is a clear indicator of how specific the support of the Skoll Foundation truly is Gips who was the U S Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa under President Obama is also developing a strategy to increase the foundation s impact in the coming years And last but not least there is the ramp up to the Skoll World Forum to be handled Every year the foundation brings together successful social entrepre neurs from all around the world at the Saïd Business School in Oxford home 15THE M A G A ZI NE 2 19

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