Conversations With/Dialogues On
Approaches to Funding Social Innovation in Africa
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
1pm - 2pm EST/10am – 11am PST
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Anne Marie Burgoyne, Portfolio Director, Draper Richard Kaplan Foundation
David Rothschild, Principal, Portfolio Team, Skoll Foundation
Join us for a conversation with Anne Marie Burgoyne and David Rothschild as they discuss their support of social innovation. They will talk about their different approaches to addressing development issues in Africa. Topics covered will be:
- What is social philanthropy and a social innovator?
- What kind of organization is a good candidate for social innovation funding, especially in an African context?
- In funding social innovation targeted to address development issues in Africa, what impact is expected and what lessons have been learned?
- What should a funder seeking to support social innovation projects in Africa know?
About the Speakers:
Anne Marie Burgoyne, Portfolio Director, Draper Richard Kaplan is responsible for identifying and supporting Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Entrepreneurs and for building our learning community. Currently Anne Marie serves on the boards of Equal Opportunity Schools, Jacaranda Health, The Mission Continues, Solar Sister, Welcoming America, Wild4Life and Worldreader. She previously served on the boards of Global Citizen Year, Grassroot Soccer, LivingGoods, One Acre Fund, RefugePoint (formerly Mapendo International) and Vision Spring (formerly Scojo Foundation). She is on the advisory councils of IDEO.org, Net Impact, the Global Social Venture Competition and iOnPoverty, and plays advisory roles with Santa Clara University's Global Social Benefit Incubator and Opportunity Collaboration’s Cordes Fellows. She is a judge for the Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneur Award and the Social Venture Network Innovation Awards program.
David Rothschild, Principal of the Skoll Foundation Portfolio Team, manages a variety of key relationships with funded social entrepreneurs, domain experts, policy makers, corporate partners and co-funders. David develops and structures funding opportunities to drive large scale change in the focus areas of the foundation, with an emphasis on addressing tropical deforestation, as well as clean water and sanitation. Prior to working at Skoll, David worked for the Goldman Environmental Foundation where he was responsible for the Latin America and Africa program areas of the Goldman Environmental Prize. From 1997 to 2003 David led the Amazon Alliance, a strategic partnership between Amazonian environmental and indigenous organizations.
David grew up in California and did his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz. He completed a master’s degree in International Policy and Practice from the Elliott School of International Affairs of the George Washington University where he received a fellowship for high honors, and a certificate in International Human Rights Law from Oxford.
About the Organizations
The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation works to support visionary social entrepreneurs who generate sustainable impact at a large scale. The Foundation finds nonprofits led by talented social entrepreneurs with high impact models, funds those early stage nonprofit organizations with $300,000 over three years and supports their growth and impact by serving as a board member and creating a learning community for the nonprofit leaders. This strategy has yielded strong social returns to date. The Foundation’s First fund started in 2002 and contributed $14 million to 30 nonprofit organizations. The portfolio addresses a range of issues domestically and internationally, including education, health, economic development, human rights and civic engagement.
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. Over the past 12 years, we have awarded more than $342 million, including investments in 91 remarkable social entrepreneurs and 74 organizations on five continents around the world who are creating a brighter future for underserved communities. In addition to our grant-making, we fund a $20 million+ portfolio of program-related and mission-aligned investments.
Beyond investments and partnerships, we also operate the annual Skoll World Forum, the premier conference on social entrepreneurship. Grants are an integral part of our investment strategy. Inspired by best-of-breed venture investors, we employ a flexible, phased approach to grant-making and collaborate with our social entrepreneurs on grant objectives, while allowing them to determine how best to allocate resources to achieve them.
The Skoll Awards provide multi-year, core support to help organizations expand their programs and capacity to deliver impact at broader regional, national or global levels. They are not intended for new or early-stage programs or initiatives. Awards are presented annually at a ceremony at the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Oxford in England.