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Skoll Foundation Commits $250,000 to The JobRaising Challenge

August 29, 2012 by

Exciting news! At the Republican National Convention today, Arianna Huffington announced The JobRaising Challenge, an innovative competition organized by The Huffington Post, the Skoll Foundation, and CrowdRise to champion those US non-profits working to directly affect the number of jobs and/or our population’s ability to get one. Huffington also hosted a panel discussion today about the jobs crisis titled, “What is Working.” The discussion featured our own Skoll Awardee Civic Ventures’ Marc Freedman, Tom Brokaw, Walter Isaacson and Judith Rodin.

At Skoll, we know that entrepreneurs are society’s disruptors, attacking the most daunting problems by thinking bigger and creating innovations that drive behavior, systems and policy change. Social entrepreneurs especially: Skoll’s 91 social entrepreneurs on five continents prove their innovations, then scale them. Civic Ventures (Marc Freedman) is not the only Skoll Awardee working to make life better for Americans. We look to YouthBuild’s 273 programs in 45 states, to Manchester Bidwell’s 40-year track record in career training, to Citizen Schools, Kiva and HealthLeads. And we are inspired.

Today, the issue is clear: over 20 million Americans are out of work. We know how woeful the jobs crisis is, and we are beginning to understand its causes.  On August 17, The Wall Street Journal published a sage opinion piece titled “How Big Government and Big Business Squeeze Entrepreneurs”. The JobRaising Challenge aims to take a more optimistic tack: to change the dialogue and focus our attention, and dollars, on innovation in this country.

Applications for The JobRaising Challenge, which is wholly separate from the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, will open October  1. The competition itself – a contest to raise funds and awareness – will kick off on Inauguration Day 2013. Three winners will be selected, for awards of $150,000, $50,000 and $30,000. For details, go to

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