PALO ALTO, Calif.—March 12, 2009—The Skoll Foundation today announced Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship for seven organizations working around the world in the areas of tolerance and human rights, health, environmental sustainability, peace and security, and economic and social equity. The recipients, who will each receive three-year grants of $765,000, join the growing global network of Skoll social entrepreneurs, now numbering 72, who are tackling the world’s most critical social and economic challenges.
The Skoll Awards program provides social entrepreneurs who have already achieved significant impact with unrestricted funding to further extend their reach. These new Skoll entrepreneurs have proven their innovations and are delivering results across issues and geographies, including:
- Promoting peace in the Middle East by turning a potential source of conflict – water – into a platform for cooperation;
- Creating powerful examples of how we can build viable contemporary communities that are environmentally sustainable today;
- Connecting microfinance to the issue of water access to drive innovative solutions to the challenge of fresh water scarcity.
The seven organizations receiving Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship are: BioRegional Development Group, EcoPeace – Friends of the Earth Middle East, Fundacion Gaia Amazonas, INJAZ Al-Arab, International Center for Transitional Justice, VisionSpring, and WaterPartners International. read more