Excellent New Forbes Profile on Jeff Skoll Describes “Billion-Dollar Plan to Save the World”September 18, 2012 by Sally Farhat Kassab
This morning we got a sneak preview of the big glossy feature on Jeff Skoll that will be in the Oct. 8 issue of Forbes magazine. It’s a full profile of our founder, and talks about everything from the Skoll Foundation’s beginnings to his work in the Amazon rainforest, where he spent some time.
We especially love the interviews with Skoll awardees such as Ann Cotton of Camfed who credit the Skoll Foundation for being a “major catalyst” in moving to the next level.
An excerpt from the Forbes piece, which is online for the first time today:
“What the shy, Canadian-born entrepreneur with intense brown eyes and a slightly nerdy air has done is to amp up the appeal of his grantees by providing more money (there’s $930 million in dry powder at the foundation) and a new twist: He smartly exploits mass media to promote his social entrepreneur’s agenda.
Matt Flannery, cofounder of online microlender Kiva, still gushes about how great it was for his then-nascent nonprofit to be featured on the PBS show Frontline in 2006–thanks to the Skoll Foundation, which funded the production. The onslaught of microloans from people who saw the show was so great that it crashed Kiva’s servers for three days.”