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Jeff Skoll, the first President of Ebay, has given $100 million dollars to start a new foundation called the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund.  According to a NY Times article yesterday, the organization will address urgent crises such as water shortages, pandemics and the Middle East conflict.  The Urgent Threats Fund will be led by former Google philanthropy guru Larry Brilliant (see our blog post here), and is intended to leverage the work done by the rest of the Skoll Foundation in supporting and celebrating social entrepreneurs.

“What I’ve been aiming at all these years is to try and address these big social issues in the world,” Mr. Skoll said, “but in the last five years or so, certain issues have emerged very clearly that, if we don’t get ahead of them soon, all of the other things we’re trying to do, whether improving the lives of women or preservation of species or girls’ education, won’t really matter.”

Mr. Skoll is making a name for himself in pioneering new means of using philanthropy for social good, and we hope his innovation inspires further creativity.

Watch Jeff Skoll speak at last year’s GPF here, and listen to Larry Brilliant’s GPF remarks here.

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Late last night, Google.org‘s Executive Director Larry Brilliant announced that he would step down from leading Google’s philanthropic wing, known as “DotOrg” to Googlers. A NY Times article notes that Megan Smith, a long time Google exec, is stepping in to align the focus of Google.org more with with Google as a whole.

“During our review it became clear that while we have been able to support some remarkable nonprofit organizations over the past three years, our greatest impact has come when we’ve attacked problems in ways that make the most of Google’s strengths in technology and information,” Dr. Brilliant wrote.

“By aligning Google.org more closely with Google as a whole, Megan will ensure that we’re better able to build innovative, scalable technology and information solutions,” he wrote.

Larry Brilliant is a member of our Advisory Council at GPF and has participated as a speaker in our past two conference. Watch him here with Fazle Abed of BRAC discussing how to create an economic space for the poor.

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