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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Skoll foundation awards

Have you ever heard of a name Jeff Skoll? He is the second employee and the first president of ebay. He wrote the successful business model for ebay that he became super rich. Guess what?? He moved on to other pastures but not without doing something very useful with all the money that he had earned at ebay. He became a philanthropist and started Skoll foundation. This foundation gives away awards millions of dollars every year to someone they consider has made significant contribution to the society. They call them "Social Entrepreneur".

Do you know of anyone that could be considered as a social entrepreneur in the field of adoption? Recommend their name to this foundation. Below is the information about the awards

To Whom It May Concern,

We are pleased to announce that the online application process for the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship is now open (effective August 20, 2007). Please go to our website for complete application instructions, the Eligibility Quiz and the Online Application. At the end of this email is a link to a one-page fact sheet on the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship that provides a few key highlights of the process.

Our selection criteria for award winners has not changed significantly from previous cycles, although we have explicitly incorporated the concept of equilibrium change described in the article by Sally Osberg and Roger Martin in the December 2006 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. As in the past, we are looking for social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale influence on the critical challenges of our time -- tolerance and human rights, health, environmental sustainability, peace and security, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity.

The Skoll Foundation staff and board have spent significant time in the past few months reviewing the Awards program and incorporating changes that we hope will improve the experience of applicants and help us continue to identify promising social entrepreneurs around the world who are addressing the critical social and environmental issues of our time.
Please note that we have made three changes in how the program will be administered going forward:

• YEAR-ROUND APPLICATIONS – The Skoll Foundation will now be accepting applications and awarding funding on a year-round basis, with new Awards celebrated once each year in March at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford. Internal review of applications will begin on August 27. To be considered for funding in advance of the 2008 Skoll World Forum, applicants must submit an Online Application no later than September 24, 2007. Applications submitted after that date will continue to be reviewed and funded throughout the year, with Awards celebrated at subsequent Skoll World Forums.

• ELIGIBILITY QUIZ -- All applicants will need to complete an Eligibility Quiz in order to proceed to the Online Application. The Eligibility Quiz is designed to help applicants assess their competitiveness and avoid preparing an application that is unlikely to be a strong match to Skoll’s selection criteria.

• 24-MONTH WAIT PERIOD -- Starting in August 2007 applicants who are not selected must wait 24 months (from application date) before reapplying. This is not retroactive; therefore, applicants who applied prior to 2007 may reapply if they believe that they now fit the Skoll Award criteria.

For further information on our revised guidelines and application process, please go to We expect that the selection process will continue to be highly competitive, with 10-12 Awards in each twelve month cycle.

Thank you for your interest.

The Skoll Foundation

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