Skoll Day 3: Recognizing the Great
Last night was the ceremony recognizing the 2008 winners of the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship. Winners receive a generous $1 million from the Skoll Foundation to use over three years as they please – for general operating support, capacity building, or whatever organizational priorities much be.
I can’t tell you how strongly I feel that these awards do amazing things, not just for the field of social entrepreneurship, but for the world in general. Partners In Health, one of the winners and a favorite organization of many OnPhilanthropy staffers took home an award. Anyone who read Tracy Kidder’s biography of Paul Farmer, Mountains Beyond Mountains, knows what that man has the potential to do.
This type of funding Skoll distributes is so critical to an organization’s growth and success and yet so rare…too rare. So today I would like to congratulate and commend not only last night’s award winners, but the Skoll Foundation as well, for putting their money where their mouth is and making (annually!) a significant financial contribution to high-performing organizations.
For a full list of this year’s winners, click here.