The urgency of the problems facing humani ty is unprece dented Donald Gips Co Impact Philanthropists joining forces to maximize their impact Co Impact brings together founda tions and philanthropists for maxi mum impact in health care education and economic opportunity to benefit millions of people in a way that no foundation could achieve on its own In doing so Co Impact focuses on existing programs led by several organizations including NGOs and governments in low and middle in come countries around the world These are often programs that lack the financial resources to significantly Picture above The Last Mile Health program works to ensure that medical care is available in rural areas of Libe ria with support from Co Impact Feature such as An Inconvenient Truth and American Factory The Skoll Foundation focuses on six key issue areas economic opportunity education environmen tal sustainability health peace and human rights and sustainable mar kets CEO Gips oversees an extensive portfolio 111 social entrepreneurs all previous winners of the Skoll Award spread over five continents are working to make vital contributions to systemic change These include organizations such as Aflatoun a Dutch NGO that educates children worldwide about their rights and teaches them the basics of financial education Or the Afghan Institute of Learning led by women that is rebuilding the education and health systems in Afghanistan Or social entrepreneurs such as Angaza which offers payment systems for vital technologies such as solar lights in developing countries In the words of the foundation Extraordinary leaders and their organizations are creating innovative models to drive equilibrium change the disruption of social economic and political forces that enable inequality injustice and other thorny social and environmental problems to persist What sounds like an underdog mission is an incen tive to CEO Donald Gips The urgency of the problems facing humanity is unprecedented and our responsibility has never been greater to bring this rare gift of philanthropic dollars to its highest and best use 16 Robert Bosch Stiftung P ho to L as t M ile H ea lth C o Im pa ct

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