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Ecopeace-Friends of the Earth Middle East Featured on PBS Newshour

October 8, 2010 by

The PBS Newshour ran a story this week highlighting the issue of water in the Middle East and the work that Ecopeace-Friends of the Earth Middle East are doing to address the challenges. EcoPeace Israeli Director Gidon Bromberg and Palestinian Director Nader Khateeb, provides reporter Fred de Sam Lazaro with an overview of the issues and demonstrates how they are working together read more Extends its Global Microlending Marketplace to Education

October 8, 2010 by recently announced that it is extending its global microlending marketplace to education by adding student microloans on its site. With the Student Microloans pilot, anyone can lend as little as $25 to students in Paraguay, Bolivia, and Lebanon.  Founded as a means to combine the impact of microfinance with the utility of technology, Kiva is in a unique position to help lenders make a personal difference, first with small business microloans and now with student microloans. You can learn more about the new program here. Kiva’s Co-Founder and CEO Matt Flannery and its President, Premal Shah, are Skoll social entrepreneurs.


October is Fair Trade Month

October 6, 2010 by

Our friends at FairTrade USA (formerly TransFair USA) are promoting Fair Trade Month throughout October and would like you to visit the website, vote for your favorite aspect of Fair Trade, and share your vote via Facebook and Twitter. FairTrade USA is led by Skoll social entrepreneur Paul Rice. read more


NPR Kicks Off Series on Social Entrepreneurs

October 6, 2010 by

NPR recently kicked off a months-long series on social entrepreneurs with a story on Darell Hammond, Founder of KaBOOM!, which partners with local communities to create play spaces for kids. The 12 to 15 stories will run on Morning Edition and All Things Considered on a periodic basis over the next six to nine months. The stories will be reported by NPR journalists from their national, foreign and science desks. read more


Free the Children’s We Day Incorporates Social Media Fundraising Campaign

September 28, 2010 by

Free the Children’s We Day celebrations are scheduled for three days across Canada this Fall — Toronto on September 30, Vancouver on October 15 and Montreal on November 12. Free the Children’s Craig and Marc Kielburger started We Day in 2007 as part of a year-long program called We Schools in Action. The Kielburgers are Skoll social entrepreneurs. read more


Room to Read Announces New Commitment at CGI

September 28, 2010 by

Room to Read CEO and Founder John Wood announced a commitment at the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative to enhance education for nearly one million girls in the developing world by 2012. Wood, who is also a Skoll social entrepreneur, joined former President of the Philippines Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Barclays Capital PLC President Robert E. Diamond, and Goldman Sachs Vice President Noa Meyer, to formally announce the organization’s plans to equalize access to education for girls in some of the world’s most underserved communities. read more


Strong Presence for Skoll Foundation at SOCAP10

September 28, 2010 by

The Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP10) kicks off in San Francisco next week, running October 3rd through 5th, highlighting the growing field of social capital. SOCAP10 brings together a unique mix of the world’s top social innovators — investors, entrepreneurs, donors and other thought leaders — who are catalysts of change across the globe. read more


Significant Skoll Foundation Presence at 2010 Clinton Global Initiative

September 24, 2010 by

The 2010 Clinton Global Initiative kicks off tomorrow in New York City with a series of plenary sessions, keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and small group discussions. The Skoll Foundation will have a significant presence at CGI this year, with 20 Skoll social entrepreneurs participating as delegates to the conference, five of whom will be speaking on various panels. Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg will be moderating a session and Foundation Board Member Debra Dunn will also be on a panel. read more


Fareed Zakaria Talks Business Solutions for the Base of the Pyramid at Vision Spring Event

September 22, 2010 by

According to influential journalist and author Fareed Zakaria, “Getting growth in India right is more important than getting it right in China.” This was one of the many insights Zakaria, host of CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS and Editor at Large of TIME Magazine, shared with an audience of donors, social entrepreneurs, NGO partners and others, at an event in New York City, hosted by VisionSpring. Skoll Foundation social entrepreneur Jordan Kassalow, co-founder and chairman of VisionSpring, shared the stage with Zakaria to field a number of questions regarding development issues and trends in India, China, and Africa. read more


Room to Read Featured in Christian Science Monitor

September 22, 2010 by

CSM recently ran a profile of Room to Read and its founder John Wood, a Skoll social entrepreneur. in the 10 years since its founding, Room to Read has grown into a $30 million organization, having built 10,000 libraries and distributed over seven million books. Most recently, Room to Read is sharpening its focus on girls’ education, increasing the number of educational and literacy programs for girls.


Citizen Schools Highlighted in TIME’s National Service Issue

September 21, 2010 by

Citizen Schools is highlighted in a recent  TIME magazine edition as a great volunteer opportunity for adults looking to share their expertise with kids. Skoll social entrepreneur Eric Schwarz leads the organization. read more


mothers2mothers Expands Into Uganda

September 21, 2010 by

We recently learned from mothers2mothers that 10 new sites in Uganda have been successfully launched. Currently, 22 site staff have gone through extensive training and are now providing critical PMTCT services in the East Central region of Uganda. m2m is headed by Skoll social entrepreneurs Dr. Mitch Besser and Gene Falk. read more


“Freeing the Social Entrepreneur” in the Fall 2010 Issue of SSIR

September 10, 2010 by

Skoll Foundation Program Officer Kimberly Dasher Tripp and Teach for America-Bay Area Managing Director Chantal Laurie Below, co-author a piece in the Fall 2010 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review titled “Freeing the Social Entrepreneur“. It’s a roadmap for social entrepreneurs when they are building their leadership teams at that critical juncture between running a startup and positioning their organizations for long-term growth and scalable impact. read more


BBC World Service Airs Third and Final Skoll World Forum Program

September 10, 2010 by

The BBC World Service has aired its third and final “Global Business” program featuring a sesion topic from the 2010 Skoll World Forum. In this program, available here, Peter Day speaks with four World Forum delegates working in development agencies that have engaged, or attempted to engage, directly with social entrepreneurs working in emerging markets. read more


WSJ Publishes Wendy Kopp Opinion Piece on Optimism on Education

September 10, 2010 by

The Wall Street Journal recently published an op-ed by Wendy Kopp, Founder and CEO of Teach for America and a Skoll social entrepreneur, reflecting on education reform over the twenty years since she established the groundbreaking organization. read more


Skoll Foundation Provides Emergency Grants to Organizations Working in Pakistan

September 1, 2010 by

The Skoll Foundation announced today it is providing emergency grants to three of its social entrepreneurs working in Pakistan, and to two additional partners who also have ongoing programs in the country, many in flood affected areas. read more


Global Footprint Network Announces Earth Overshoot Day is August 21

September 1, 2010 by

This Saturday, August 21st, Global Footprint Network tells us, is the day we will reach Earth Overshoot Day: the day when human demand on nature surpasses what nature can renewably supply. According to data from Global Footprint Network, headed by Skoll social entrepreneurs Susan Burns and Mathis Wackernagel, as of August 21st, humanity will have demanded an amount of ecological resources equivalent to what it takes nature 12 months to produce. read more


The Elders Urge the World to Respond to Pakistan Floods More Quickly

September 1, 2010 by

The Elders released a statement today calling on governments and individuals to respond more quickly and generously to help the millions of people whose lives and livelihoods have been shattered by the floods. The United Nations has launched a $460 million emergency appeal but only half the money has been pledged. Aid flows are improving but much more is needed. read more


Fundacion Paraguaya Model Featured in HuffingtonPost

September 1, 2010 by

Skoll social entrepreneur Martin Burt founded Fundacion Paraguaya in 1985 as a micro-lending affiliate of ACCION International and has since built it into an extremely successful microfinance organization. Elisabeth Rhyne, Managing Director for the Center for Financial Inclusion, recently profiled Martin and the work of Fundacion Paraguaya on the HuffingtonPost. read more


SF Chronicle Covers Citizen Schools’ Role in New Oakland District Program

September 1, 2010 by

Two schools in an East Oakland, California school district are extending their day by three hours, hoping to boost the test scores of the sixth grade students attending the poor performing schools. As noted in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, Citizen Schools, headed by Skoll social entrepreneur Eric Schwarz, is integral to the success of the program. read more


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