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


The following core values inform our mission; guide our actions; and undergird our culture:

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.

Jeff Skoll created The Skoll Foundation in 1999 to pursue his vision of a sustainable world of peace and prosperity. Led by CEO Sally Osberg since 2001, our mission is to drive large scale change by investing in, connecting and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. Social entrepreneurs are society’s change agents, creators of innovations that disrupt the status quo and transform our world for the better. By identifying the people and programs already bringing positive change around the world, we empower them to extend their reach, deepen their impact and fundamentally improve society.