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Frequently asked questions about the Skoll Foundation, eligibility for the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and the Skoll World Forum.

Foundation

I’m interested in funding for something not related to the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. How do I apply?

At this point, we only invest in a limited number of organizations that are highly aligned with our mission and award program criteria through the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship (SASE) program. We respect and appreciate the important work that you are doing and regret that we are not able to consider support for many important projects.

How do I apply for a Program Related Investment or loan?

We only invest in a limited number of organizations that are highly aligned with our mission and award program criteria through our Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship (SASE) program.

How do I apply for a job at the Skoll Foundation?

Please visit our Jobs page.

How do I apply for an internship or volunteer opportunities?

The Skoll Foundation does not have an internship or volunteer program at this time.

I’m a journalist and I would like to request an interview with Jeff Skoll or Richard Fahey. How do I contact them?

Please Contact Us and select “Media” on the form, including your specific request and deadline in your message. See our Media Resources to learn more.

I’d like Jeff Skoll or Richard Fahey to speak at a conference or event. How can I invite them?

Please Contact Us and select “Media” on the form, including your specific request in your message.

I would like to invite a member of the Skoll Foundation to my conference or event. How can I invite them?

Please Contact Us and select “General” on the form.

I would like to be introduced to someone at the Skoll Global Threats Fund or Participant Media. Can the Skoll Foundation assist me?

Please contact those organizations directly at: http://www.skollglobalthreats.org/contact-us.php or http://www.participantmedia.com/company/contact_us.php

Can the Skoll Foundation introduce me to other foundations and funders?

We regret that we cannot assist you. Please contact those organizations directly.

I represent a professional investment firm and am interested in speaking with someone who manages the Foundation’s capital. Who should I speak with?

The Foundation’s capital is managed by Capricorn Investment Group. Please refer to their website for contact information: http://www.capricornllc.com/

What is the relationship between the Skoll Fund and the Skoll Foundation?

The Skoll Foundation encompasses two separate corporations: the Skoll Foundation (a private foundation) and the Skoll Fund (a public charity). The Skoll Fund, created in 1999, is a supporting organization associated with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. The private foundation was launched in 2002.

Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

How do I get nominated for a Skoll Award?

The Skoll Foundation applies a multi-year sourcing process for the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Our goal is to save organizations valuable time and effort, while identifying the most highly-aligned social entrepreneurs. To that end, the Skoll Foundation only accepts nominations from our network of partners and does not accept unsolicited nominations.

What does Skoll look for in a grantee?

A full list of criteria and characteristics that we seek in our grantees can be found here.

What if I have previously applied for a Skoll Award?

You are eligible once every application cycle, even if you have previously applied and not received the Award.

When are the winners of the Skoll Awards announced each year?

Skoll Award winners are announced just before the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, and are formally recognized at the Skoll World Forum Awards Ceremony.

How does the Skoll Foundation define a social entrepreneur?

Social entrepreneurs are society’s change agents—creators of innovations that disrupt the status quo and change our world for the better. Learn more here.

The guidelines state the Skoll Foundation will not support new or early-stage business plans or ideas. Can you provide clarity about that requirement?

The Skoll Foundation funds only organizations that have already demonstrated impact, with proven innovations that can be scaled to catalyze large-scale change.

What is the typical budget size of Skoll Awardees?

While the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship do not have an absolute budget threshold for eligibility, we have found that organizations with annual revenues: (i) below US$2.5 million that have activities primarily in developed countries, and (ii) below US$1 million that have activities primarily in developing countries, tend to be at a disadvantage in the selection process. The selection process prioritizes organizations based on their ability and readiness to expand their impact significantly and/or scale up solutions, which tends to favor organizations with budgets that fall above these parameters.

Skoll World Forum

Skoll World Forum FAQs can be found here