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To pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity for all, Jeff Skoll created an innovative portfolio of philanthropic and commercial enterprises, each of which is a distinctive lever for achieving transformational social change.

Jeff Skoll Group

The Jeff Skoll Group (JSG) helps oversee, connect, and drive strategic initiatives across the family of Jeff’s organizations, which include the Capricorn Investment Group, Participant, and the Skoll Foundation. The Skoll Global Threats Fund sunset in 2017.

Capricorn Investment Group, which manages the investment portfolio of Jeff Skoll and his organizations, was established in 2004 to deliver extraordinary results by leveraging market forces to scale solutions to global problems. The firm was born from a belief that sustainable investment practices can enhance risk-adjusted returns. Underlying this investment approach is a deep desire to demonstrate the huge investment potential that resides in breakthrough commercial solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. One of the largest mission-aligned investment firms in the world, Capricorn has grown to manage more than $6 billion in multi-asset class portfolios for families, foundations, and institutional investors. The firm has offices in New York City and Palo Alto.

David Linde (right), CEO of Participant Media, discusses the Roma campaign with director Alfonso Cuaron and Ai Jen Poo, co-founder of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.

Participant was founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, with a commitment to producing entertainment with socially relevant themes. As the leading media company dedicated to entertainment that inspires audiences to engage in positive social change, Participant’s content and social impact mandate speak directly to the rise of today’s “conscious consumer,” representing over 2 billion consumers who are compelled to make impactful content a priority focus. Through its worldwide network of traditional and digital distribution, and aligned with partnerships with key non-profit and NGO organizations, Participant is positioned uniquely within its industry to engage a rapidly growing audience while bringing global awareness and action to today’s most vital issues.

Participant has produced more than 100 feature and documentary films that have collectively earned 82 Academy Award® nominations and 19 wins and have highlighted some of the most pressing issues of our time. Initially focused on film, over the past decade Participant has expanded to become a multi-platform content company, annually producing up to six narrative feature films, six documentary films, three episodic television series, and over 20 hours of digital short form programming.

Skoll Foundation

Jeff Skoll created the Skoll Foundation in 1999 to drive transformational social change by investing in, connecting, and championing the work of social entrepreneurs and other social innovators. Learn more on our About page.

Skoll Global Threats Fund, a private foundation supported by the Skoll Foundation, operated from 2009-2017 to make progress against five global challenges: climate change, pandemics, water security, nuclear proliferation, and conflict in the Middle East. After spending down Jeff Skoll’s original $100 million gift, the Skoll Global Threats Fund sunset at the end of 2017, spinning off its pandemics and climate work into standalone initiatives–Ending Pandemics and the Climate Advocacy Lab, respectively. The Fund’s peace and security work was incorporated into the Skoll Foundation’s programs.