Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Jeff Skoll, the first president of E-Bay has poured $100 million into a new foundation, the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund. Mr. Skoll has been engaged in philanthropy in a number of creative ways already, and now has become concerned that some of the major threats facing the world - water shortages, pandemics, and the problems in the Middle East - will undermine attempts to address other social problems. Mr. Skoll will seek additional support for the Fund and also plans to add more of his own money. Dr. Larry Brilliant who until February led google.org, the Google philanthropy, will step in to lead the Skoll Urgent Threats Fund. For the New York Times story on the new Fund, go here.