Posts Tagged ‘Skoll Foundation’

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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Roots of Peace, founded by Heidi Kuhn, is an organization that works to unearth dangerous landmines in war-torn countries, and then to build sustainable crops on the land once too dangerous to traverse. In so doing, they empower the local communities scarred by these inhumane weapons, and “transform the scars of conflict into the roots of peace.” Heidi Kuhn founded the organization in 1997 and serves as its CEO. She participated in our “Meet the Social Entrepreneurs” session at the Global Philanthropy Forum conference last April, where she partnered with other GPF-ers to expand her work in SE Asia. Heidi was also a 2006 Skoll Social Entrepreneur, and they feature her in their blog for the high praise Roots of Peace received this month from the Afghan government.

We look forward to watching them grow!

The video below shows highlights of Heidi’s work in Afghanistan with Roots of Peace, and of her meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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