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Dr. Larry Brilliant Joins Jeff Skoll to Combat Global Challenges
Date:4/14/2009

etter prepared to shape and lead this effort than Larry Brilliant."

"This is an extraordinary opportunity for me to bring my life's work and experience to join with so many others who feel the urgency of the times to work on the most critical challenges facing us as global citizens," said Brilliant. "Jeff Skoll is a tremendously innovative proponent of social change, creating a unique, powerful and diverse set of both philanthropic and business tools to promote change. I look forward to working closely with him, the Skoll Foundation and his business ventures to make sure we're as effective as we can be in changing course for our children's future. I am also tremendously grateful to Larry Page, Sergey Brin and Sheryl Sandberg who were my first board of directors at Google.org for giving me the opportunity to work for Google.org and to learn so much from working at Google, one of the most remarkable companies in the world."

The Skoll Urgent Threats Fund will be a new organization, chaired by Skoll, with a mandate to identify and support initiatives, organizations and individuals driving large-scale change on these global challenges. The initial budget for the new initiative is $100 million, with additional funds available over time. Brilliant will build the new organization and develop its strategy and investment approach, leveraging the Skoll Foundation's programmatic expertise and operating infrastructure in the process. Sally Osberg, CEO of the Skoll Foundation, will join Brilliant and Skoll on the board of the new entity.

"In the Skoll Foundation's 10 years of work, we have built a portfolio of outstanding social entrepreneurs, many of whom are attacking these urgent threats in highly innovative ways; this body of work will both benefit from and be a resource to the new Skoll Urgent Threats Fund and its activities," said Osberg. "Even for those social entrepreneurs focused on other arenas -- poverty, human rights,
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