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BasicNeeds Featured on Focusing Philanthropy

September 5, 2013 by

Congrats to BasicNeeds! The press release from Focusing Philanthropy:

2013 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship recipient BasicNeeds has been selected by Focusing Philanthropy as an addition to its roster of 15 showcased nonprofits. BasicNeeds joins One Acre Fund among Skoll awardees to be selected, supported, and presented by Focusing Philanthropy.

Focusing Philanthropy identifies, evaluates, and presents high-impact nonprofits that achieve sustainable improvements in the quality of life for individuals and develop vital resources in the poorest communities. Focusing Philanthropy’s intensive diligence and ongoing monitoring of all showcased nonprofits provides donors with the confidence that their contributions are achieving significant results. In the past year and a half, their growing donor network has contributed over $2.5 million to address health, education, agricultural productivity, clean water, and similar issues in the U.S. and internationally.   read more


3 Inspirational Quotes from Skoll Awardees – What Drives Social Entrepreneurs?

August 15, 2013 by

What drives social entrepreneurs to help serve the underserved? The mentally ill, the low-income who need healthcare but can’t get to it, and those who are living in a state of war?

That’s what today’s post is about.

Skoll Awardees have given some inspirational messages over the years, and we wanted to share some of them with you in this first post in a series. May they inspire your day.

Chris Underhill, BasicNeeds, from his speech at the 2013 Skoll World Forum, where he shared a story about mentally ill men being kept in cages:

“There are 450 million people with mental illness in the world….people are just not getting basic treatment. Depressive disorders are the leading cause of disability in the world…. May we stand shoulder to shoulder and do something about this great illness which is now with us. Please, let us get rid of cages. Let us say, No. More. Cruelty.” read more


The Skoll Award Helps Us Go to Scale, says Chris Underhill of Basic Needs

March 12, 2013 by

Chris Underhill’s recent interview in On Purpose gives a great new interview covering how the Skoll award is going to help him, why he focuses on mental health, what he’s most proud of, great advice for social entrepreneurs, and more. Here’s an excerpt:

“OP: If you were Prime Minister for the day, what would you do?

CH: Ensure that mentally ill people and people with epilepsy have a reasonable slice of the international development aid cake… at the moment they get almost nothing and yet there are approximately 360 million mentally ill people in low and middle income countries.”

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Basic Needs Chosen for the Guardian and Observer Christmas Charity Appeal

December 21, 2012 by

One of our newest awardees, Basic Needs, is one of  just seven other disability charities chosen by the Guardian and Observer in one of the most sought-after charity Christmas platforms in the UK.

As part of the sponsorship, each charity had a large feature in the newspaper. Here is an excerpt of Basic Needs’ piece quoting founder Chris Underhill:

“The Guardian Observer Christmas Charity appeal 2012 has focused on the work that we do in Ghana, and described the beneficial effect of its work on a man named Charles Tagoe, who not only finally got a diagnosis and treatment, but went on to create a thriving small-scale poultry project. read more



December 20, 2012 by

2013 Skoll Awardees signal social entrepreneurs’ increased focus on not only individual impact, but also ecosystem-level change

December 20, 2012 – Palo Alto, CA – The Skoll Foundation today announced the winners of its 2013 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship (SASEs).  Chosen from hundreds of applicants, the award recognizes a highly selective group of the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs.  Skoll’s 2013 award winners are BasicNeeds, The Citizens Foundation, Crisis Action, Independent Diplomat, Khan Academy, and World Health Partners.

2013 Skoll awardees: Who and why

“While Skoll’s six new awardees focus on different issues, they share what Skoll believes is key to accelerating large-scale change: an entrepreneurial approach, a proven innovation with demonstrated impact that can be scaled, focus on a pressing issue that is at an inflection point, and an ability to catalyze systems change,” said Sally Osberg, president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation.   read more


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