S is for The Skoll Foundation: Supporting Social Entrepreneurs

Sally is the President and CEO of The Skoll Foundation. In this video she describes the successes and challenges of being a social entrepreneur.

She also explains how the Skoll Foundation continues to address global challenges through their partnerships around the world.

Sally has led entrepreneurial organisations and been an agent for social change throughout her career. She is a well-known proponent of thought leadership, research and alliances that enable social entrepreneurs to tackle pressing problems.

The Foundation was started by Jeff Skoll, the philanthropist and social entrepreneur. It is part of his vision of helping to build a sustainable world of peace and prosperity.


Here is some further background that you can find on the Foundation’s web site.


As the first full-time employee and first President of eBay, Jeff developed the company’s inaugural business plan and led its successful initial public offering.

After pioneering the creation of the eBay Foundation through the allocation of pre-IPO shares, he founded the Skoll Foundation in 1999.

It quickly became the world’s largest foundation for social entrepreneurship, driving large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and other innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems.


Our vision is to live in a sustainable world of peace and prosperity.


The Skoll Foundation drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Our Values

The following core values inform our mission and guide our actions:

Leverage: We seek leverage to achieve “a whole lot of good” from our investment of time and resources.

Respect: We respect the individual and the power of community.

Responsibility: Individually and collectively, we embrace a profound sense of responsibility.

Tough-Minded Optimism: We are disciplined, rigorous and hopeful.

Innovation: Inspired by the social entrepreneurs we serve, we challenge ourselves to innovate as well.

Here are a number of videos about social entrepreneurs which you can find at:


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