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March 28, 2017

Polaris Selected as 2017 Skoll Awardee for Social Entrepreneurship

We are very proud and excited to announce that Polaris has been selected as one of the four recipients of the 2017 Skoll Award of Entrepreneurship! Polaris CEO Bradley Myles will accept the award next week along with the other awardees: Babban Gona, Build Change, and Last Mile Health during the Skoll World Forum in Oxford.

The Skoll Awards distinguish transformative leaders whose organizations disrupt the status quo, drive sustainable large-scale change, and are poised to create even greater impact on the world. “Social entrepreneurs share several important characteristics: concern for the vulnerable, optimism about our future, an ability to think and do, and most importantly, an unfailing belief in solutions,” said Jeff Skoll, Founder and Chairman of the Skoll Foundation. “These four remarkable people give us great hope that a more peaceful, prosperous, and sustainable future is within reach.”

Polaris is honored to be included among the recipients and will receive a $1.25m grant over three years from Skoll Foundation to provide core support to scale our efforts to disrupt human trafficking networks and increase the number of survivors we are able to reach.

We invite you to view the award ceremony live at the Skoll World Forum’s Awards Ceremony (#skollwf) on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EDT by clicking here: skoll.org/live.

We would like to share this honor with the survivors of human trafficking, whom we will continue to serve, our staff and partners in the field, and also with you, our supporters who have long ensured that Polaris is able to combat modern slavery in our communities, country, and across the globe. Thank you for your generous investments in our mission and continued partnership as Polaris scales our work and expands our impact!

You can read Skoll's announcement and learn more about the other winners here.

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