Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship - Apply Now!

The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship are worth considering, if only to gage the state of social enterprise around the world.

A bit about the awards:

The Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship support social entrepreneurs whose work has the potential for large-scale influence on critical challenges of our time: environmental sustainability, health, tolerance and human rights, institutional responsibility, economic and social equity, and peace and security. These issues are at the heart of the foundation’s vision of empowering people to create a peaceful, prosperous, sustainable world. Skoll social entrepreneurs are innovators who have tested and proved their approach, are poised to replicate or scale up their work to create equilibrium change and engage others with a message that resonates with individuals whose resources are crucial to advancing these solutions. The Skoll Awards are designed for leaders who contribute value to a peer network committed to continuous learning. By telling their stories, they join in the foundation’s ongoing celebration of the power of social entrepreneurs.

The Skoll Awards provide later-stage, or mezzanine, funding, which is generally structured as a $1 million award paid out over three years, subject to payment limitations described below under Budget Guidance. In most cases, the grant is provided for core support to help organizations expand their programs and capacity to deliver long-term, sustainable equilibrium change. The Skoll Awards are not intended for new or early-stage programs or initiatives. Programs submitted for consideration should have a track record of no less than three years. In addition to core support, the Skoll Foundation supports the participation of Award recipients in the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.

Interested? Here are the eligibility criteria:
  • Be led by a social entrepreneur.

  • Have implemented innovative programs that demonstrate effective approaches to critical social and environmental challenges with global implications.
  • Organizations developing local or regional models for replication on a national or international scale should show that the location where the model is being tested is central to the issue in question. Examples are peace and security initiatives in conflict regions, biodiversity solutions in species-rich “hot spots,” educational opportunities in inner cities and disease treatments at the source of potential epidemics.

  • Be able to describe a clear, long-term path to creating an equilibrium change.

  • Demonstrate proof of concept with measurable outcomes.

  • Have a clear, compelling plan for reaching scale.

  • Demonstrate a track record of at least three years.

  • Have a clear plan for long-term financial and operational sustainability.

  • Commit to working with peers and the Skoll Foundation to share learning and communicate success strategies.

A list of exclusions can be found here.


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Wednesday, August 08, 2007

[Opportunity] Relationship Analyst - SeaChange Capital Partners

You might not know about SeaChange, but this New York Times article will help you understand the pedigree.

SeaChange is seeking a "Relationship Analyst", here are the details:

SeaChange Capital Partners is a new nonprofit established by former leaders of Goldman Sachs. Our mission is to enhance the flow of growth capital from wealthy donors to select high performing nonprofits and help contribute to the vital long-term effort of creating more efficient financial capital markets for the social sector. We intend to identify nonprofits with records of measurable success and to present opportunities for supporting them to a network of potential donors, including wealthy individuals, foundations, and others.

Job Summary:
The person we hire will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and able, preferably someone who is fascinated by innovative philanthropy and the world of nonprofit organizations and who is keen to help nonprofits expand their contributions to society.

We are looking for a confident, energetic, articulate, and talented individual to work with the small but growing SeaChange staff. The person we hire will have a desire to grow personally and professionally, and will see this as an opportunity to learn about philanthropy and nonprofits and to develop important transferable skills.

This position requires the individual to work one-on-one and collaboratively with everyone involved in SeaChange, including our partners and other staff members, donors and potential donors, and nonprofit organizations. The individual must speak clearly and write quickly and well, must be analytical and organized, and must be facile with a computer and basic word-processing and other kinds of software.

Some of the regular responsibilities will include:
  • - Managing administrative needs like scheduling meetings and maintaining the staff calendar, updating a database of contacts, making travel arrangements, completing and submitting reimbursement vouchers and purchase orders, and assisting with research on a variety of projects, as well as answering the phone, sorting mail, and handling day-to-day office details;

  • - Managing and helping to build relationships with key donors, funders, and other outside supporters;

  • - Assisting with the creation of presentations (often using PowerPoint) for various audiences, including the Board of Directors, staff, donors, and others;

  • - Managing aspects of events hosted by SeaChange and other speaking engagements, and major fundraising events and trips; and

  • - Coordinating details associated with SeaChange Board Meetings, included scheduling meetings, handling correspondence with Board members and their assistants, creating advance materials; and creating presentations for meetings.

  • - Taking on projects that an investment banking analyst would be tasked with, as needed. While we need clerical and administrative help, we have much to do and need a superstar who will view this as a tremendous growth opportunity.

  • - B.A. or B.S. degree; preference for two years of similar work experience in a nonprofit, philanthropic, or business organization

  • - Meticulous proofreading skills

  • - Excellent written and oral communication and organizational skills

  • - Command of MS Office, including superior knowledge of PowerPoint and Excel; knowledge of Salesforce database or another contact management system desired

  • - Preference for someone familiar with nonprofit accounting basics and for someone able to perform simple calculations in Excel and other financial programs

  • - Demonstrated ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, lead projects, meet deadlines, organize time and priorities, and work well as a member of a team

  • - A demonstrated passion for our work

  • - Creative thinking and diplomatic skills

  • - A demonstrated work ethic and a sense of humor

The firm is headquartered in South Norwalk, Connecticut. This position is for our Midtown Manhattan office in New York City. Unfortunately, we cannot offer to pay relocation costs for this position.

To Apply:
Send your cover letter and résumé to the attention of Tom Hyland and Sarah Chiles.


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Thursday, August 02, 2007

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