Reducing Bias in Venture Philanthropy

Case Study

Context

The Skoll Foundation, started by Jeff Skoll (eBay’s first President), aims to identify organizations that have a strong potential for equilibrium change and fund them to the tune of 1.25M. So far, the foundation has disbursed close to half a billion dollars and is looking to validate that its approach is indeed consistent with its values and intentions.

Challenge

Each year, Skoll must go through hundreds of applications and work as a team to make extremely complex choices about which organizations deserve more attention and, eventually, funding. To that end, we worked with Skoll to design various psychometric tools capable of identifying bias at various levels of their decision making process.

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