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Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge

The future belongs to social entrepreneurs

Loukia Papadopoulos | Posted 07.18.2016 | Impact
Loukia Papadopoulos

Co-authored with George Konstantakopoulos, founder SocialGrowth and Manchester Social Entrepreneurs "One of the newest figures to emerge on the worl...

5 Ways to Tap the Crowd to Drive Change

Skoll Foundation | Posted 02.20.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

As many other groups look to leverage crowdfunding and other unique approaches to fundraising, we wanted to share some of the our top five pointers for building successful crowdfunding campaigns.

No More Toilet Handouts in Honduras

Skoll Foundation | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Since the meters were installed, households in Gonzalo Maldonado have experienced improved service, and families have access to water 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But Doña Luisa didn't stop there.

Relief for Rural Health Workers in Malawi

Skoll Foundation | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

I am a clinician by profession, caring for a population of over 30,000 in the 25 villages that my health center serves. I am the only clinician at the health facility, assisted by a single nurse when possible.

Protecting Marine Ecosystems for the Future

Skoll Foundation | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

While there is no silver bullet to the global challenge of overfishing, a market-based program like the Marine Stewardship Council has an important part to play to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy the bounty of our oceans.

A Model for Sustainable Forest Management in the UK

Skoll Foundation | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

The Good Woods project focuses on sustainably managed woodlands in the UK for the benefit of people and natural habitats. The need for the project stems from the fact that timber is a valuable commodity that is constantly in demand.

Getting Afghan Girls Off Weaving Looms and Into Schools

Skoll Foundation | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

According to the International Labour Organization, there are 168 million child laborers, forced to sacrifice their youth and their education. In Afghanistan, UNICEF estimates that as many as one in three school-age children are put to work, many of them weaving rugs for Western retailers.

Enabling Prosperity for Smallholder Farmers

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Ram Ugrah lost his leg in a road accident but he says that he has successfully overcome the disability through the help of his treadle pump, a low-cost irrigation device that he uses to irrigate his small farm.

Blended Approach to Empowering South Africa's Youth

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

How do we empower the youth of South Africa to not only become future leaders but also to uplift their communities, provide for their families and pull themselves out of the cycle of poverty?

Urban Sanitation Critical as Indian Cities Expand

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.31.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Due to open defecation millions of Indians are prone to ill health, threats to their safety, reduced productivity and lower earning potential, resulting in a deepening cycle of poverty -- all for want of basic sanitation facilities.

Land Rights for Women Mean Progress for Communities

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

By Tim Hanstad, President and CEO, Landesa If we want to empower rural women in the developing world, there is no better first step than provid...

The Value of a Toilet: Landlords See Benefit of Upgrading Latrines in Kenya

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

By Wanjiku Njenga, Communications Officer, WSUP Kenya What is the value of a toilet? "Boma ni choo - a toilet defines a homestead!" says Nduta, 30,...

Countdown to Zero

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

By Dr. Mitchell Besser, Founder, mothers2mothers In 2011, world leaders took on pediatric AIDS, a pandemic that has infected almost five million ch...

Water Cannot Wait: A New Road Map to Mideast Peace

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Water is at the center of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that was further fueled by the violent events of the summer, and has left an estimated 1.2 million Palestinians with intermittent water supplies.

Unlikely Champions Unite to Protect Antibiotics and Public Health

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Outside of government efforts, an unlikely group of public health champions are partnering with Health Care Without Harm to help protect antibiotics: hospital food service directors and chefs.

How to Maximize Your Charitable Impact This Holiday Season

Fair Trade USA | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

The holidays are upon us. As we stock up on gifts for loved ones, many of us are also thinking about donating to a cause -- whether by giving time or money.

Why You May Care More About Education Than You Realize

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.11.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

We recently made a short video with a cheeky challenge: DO NOT READ THIS. The idea was to force people to think about how integral literacy is to their daily lives since it is a skill most of us (reading this sentence right now) take for granted.

Breaking New Ground, Connecting Unlikely Allies

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Since the late 1990s, Forest Trends has been working with indigenous partners to develop and test financing mechanisms that not only meet the rigors of western accounting but respect and reinforce the rights of indigenous people.

Putting a Caring Adult in the Life of Every Orphaned Child

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

In Guangdong Province, the officials and caregivers at the Lianjiang Social Welfare Institution knew they needed help caring for the orphaned children at their facility.

Fossil Fuel Companies Must Evolve or Perish

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.06.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

Fossil fuel companies -- much like your stubborn, elderly relative that refuses to change his eating habits despite the doctor's warnings of a heart attack -- have a choice to make. They can either begin to pivot out of high-cost, high-polluting projects to the clean energy sources that will fuel our future, or they can wait until it's too late.

An Action Plan to Help Sick Kids Break out of Poverty

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

In the long term, Brazil Child Health aspires to scale its proven methodology, making it available globally to break the cycle of misery and poverty that impacts so many families facing serious health and social barriers.

Fighting Poverty: A Team Sport

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

The majority of our clients are able to grow their businesses by 20 percent each year. Almost a third of our clients achieve growth rates of 50 percent or more. This year alone, we've helped improve livelihoods for more than 375,000 farmers and their two million family members.

Education Will Make Pakistan's Youth an Asset

Skoll Foundation | Posted 01.04.2015 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

These are major steps in the process of reform. Pakistan's sizable youth population could be the nation's greatest asset -- or its biggest liability. It is in all of our best interests to make sure they get the education they need to make the right choices.

Lessons From My Father: Education Is the Key to Success

Skoll Foundation | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

For the 3.7 million low-income young people in America who are not in school or employed, education is crucial for their success. It can break both the social barriers that they have become accustomed to and the cycle of poverty.

Mental Illness Is a Global Crisis, Not Just a Disease of Rich Nations

Skoll Foundation | Posted 12.26.2014 | Impact
Skoll Foundation

For Francis in Ghana, mental illness led to him being held captive with his legs shackled through a hole carved in a log. Sadly, stories like this are not uncommon among the 450 million people suffering from mental disorders in low and middle-income countries.