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The highlight of Magis is the moment we honor selected game-changers whose work has advanced the field of social entrepreneurship. Last year we honored Sally Osberg of the Skoll Foundation and Graham Macmillan former senior director of VisionSpring. This year, we honor Charly and Lisa Kleissner and Matt Flannery. Honorees can come from all walks of life: a philanthropist, investor, social entrepreneur, or student fellow. Their outstanding qualities are thought leadership, exemplary personal commitment, and status as a pioneer in the social enterprise movement. We're delighted to announce our inaugural Magis 2015 Honorees:

 


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Charly and Lisa Kleissner

The Kleissners are internationally known for their strong leadership among philanthropists and demonstrated personal commitment to impact investing. Their example of successful “total portfolio activation” stands as crucial proof that impact investments can generate reliable financial returns along with positive social impact. Charly and Lisa were working respectively as a high tech executive manager and architect when their investments in several startups became liquid and their financial circumstances changed dramatically. They worked with a financial planner to determine how much their family needed to preserve its lifestyle, then put the remaining 70% of their resources into charity. Today, they devote their energies to running their KL Felicitas Foundation, which supports social entrepreneurs worldwide in developing economically sustainable, scalable enterprises. They are also a leading international voice on topics relating to a highly leveraged and holistic approach to philanthropy and impact investing. Among their activities, Lisa is a co-founder of Toniic (a global impact investing platform), and co-chair of the board of The Philanthropy Workshop West (a transformative donor education program), while Charly serves on the Advisory Boards of Acumen Fund and Global Philanthropy Forum.

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Matt Flannery

Matt helped revolutionize and popularize microfinance by creating Kiva, the first online platform to connect individuals worldwide with the ability to make microloans to small enterprises in developing countries. Prior to creating Kiva, Matt had spent time in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya filming stories of microbusinesses started by Village Enterprise Fund. He began working on Kiva as a side-project while employed as a computer programmer at TiVo, Inc. He left his job in December 2005 to devote himself to Kiva full-time, and graduated from GSBI in 2006. As CEO, Matt led Kiva’s growth from ideation to a renowned online service with partnerships worldwide and hundreds of millions of dollars loaned to low income entrepreneurs. During its first 18 months, Kiva raised $4 million “when nobody believed it was possible." Matt is Skoll Awardee, an Ashoka Fellow, a Draper Richards Foundation fellow, and winner of the The Economist’s “No Boundaries” Innovation Award. He graduated with a BS in Symbolic Systems and a Masters in Philosophy from Stanford University.

 

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