The Elders: Golden Treasure Award

The Elders came into existence some twelve years ago to “support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, inspire hope where there is despair.”

This week the Skoll Foundation has given The Elders their Global Treasure Award.
Though the award doesn’t have a formal criteria, the Skoll Foundation gives the award to recipients who they believe “would rightly be described as a global treasure. We just know when there’s someone in our midst who is doing extraordinary things to address the world’s most pressing problems.”

The Global Treasure Award was due to have been presented at the 2020 Skoll World Forum in Oxford, UK. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant the Forum cannot take place as planned, though many activities have instead moved online.

Don Gips, CEO of the Skoll Foundation, said: “The Elders have charted a path for the type of global cooperation and leadership we need now more than ever. For sustained progress on the greatest challenges—from pandemics to the existential threats of climate change – we look to collectives like The Elders for coordinated action and a steadfast voice of hope in uncertain times.”

Mary Robinson, Chair of The Elders and former President of Ireland, said: “As Elders, we profoundly believe in the power of working together because, in the words of our founder Nelson Mandela, ‘we are human only through the humanity of others’.”

About the Skoll Foundation
The Skoll Foundation – a dedicated and generous supporter of The Elders since its formation – drives large-scale change by investing in, connecting, and celebrating social entrepreneurs and the innovators who help them solve the world’s most pressing problems. Founded by Jeff Skoll, the Foundation’s signature program is the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship. Today, the Foundation’s portfolio includes 116 organizations and 144 social entrepreneurs around the world. Learn more at