The Skoll Foundation has announced the four recipients of the 2015 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship.
The annual awards provide unrestricted funding to nonprofit leaders and organizations that are driving large-scale social change and are poised to have an even greater impact on some of the world's most pressing problems. Each of this year's awardees will receive $1.25 million over three years to scale their work.
Announced during the twelfth annual Skoll World Forum, this year's awardees are Alasdair Harris of Blue Ventures, which is developing new solutions to help preserve the world's marine resources and has begun to integrate family planning and community health services into those efforts; Ma Jun of the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, which is working to combat environmental degradation in China by creating tools that expand individuals' access to government data about the environmental health of their communities; Safeena Husain, founder of Educate Girls, which advocates for and invests in the education of girls in India; and Jagdeesh Rao Puppala, founder of the Foundation for Ecological Security, which works with villagers in India to secure community rights to publicly owned land and ensure that it is managed in a more sustainable and productive way.
"Our 2015 Skoll Award recipients are rare individuals who don't just see that something is amiss in the world," said Skoll Foundation president and CEO Sally Osberg. "They are stepping forward to stand for an end to inequality, violence, and injustice and for an end to overexploitation and poisoning of the Earth’s resources. They're navigating new territory — fashioning new channels and new expectations of leaders from the private and public sectors alike."