• Organization TypeFoundation
  • Development BudgetOver 500 Million
  • Founded1980

Alwaleed Philanthropies

Alwaleed Philanthropies supports and initiates projects around the world, regardless of gender, race or religion. They collaborate with a range of philanthropic, governmental and educational organizations to combat poverty, empower women and the youth, develop communities, provide disaster relief and create cultural understanding through education. Together, they can build bridges for a more compassionate, tolerant and accepting world. Since the early 1980s, His Royal Highness Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal has worked with a tireless commitment to give back to society – at both a local and global level. With an endless passion for philanthropic activities that foster understanding, unity, wellbeing and opportunity for all humankind, Alwaleed Philanthropies was born. Alwaleed Philanthropies consists of three philanthropic organizations: Alwaleed Philanthropies Global, focusing on philanthropic and humanitarian projects around the world, Alwaleed Philanthropies Lebanon, which is focused on the social and community needs of Lebanon, and Alwaleed Philanthropies Saudi Arabia, which focuses on the needs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. For over 35 years, they have supported thousands of projects in over 90 countries and served millions of people across the globe. And their work is only just beginning. With the mounting problems of understanding, equity, poverty and disasters facing the world, their work is more necessary than ever before. Building on their proven history, they will continue to play an active role, finding intelligent solutions to the world’s most pressing issues with empathy, dedication and commitment. The story of Alwaleed Philanthropies began over thirty five years ago, when the young Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal took his first steps along his path as investor and businessman in Riyadh in the early 1980s. The Prince’s passion for philanthropic work grew out of a belief in the obligation of ‘giving’ or ‘sharing’, which has deep roots in Arab culture and tradition. Prince Alwaleed embraced the true meaning of Zakat, Islam’s obligatory duty to give back to the community. As his business began to grow, so did his philanthropic work, and Zakat became an integral part of his daily life. HRH, Alwaleed Bin Talal’s philanthropic grants and donations, in over 60 countries ranging from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe; from Gaza to The Gambia, total more than $2.4 billion over the last 30 years.   HRH has established three Foundations to handle his philanthropic activities across the globe under the slogan “Commitment Without Boundaries”:   1. Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation in Saudi Arabia  2. Alwaleed Bin Talal Humanitarian Foundation in Lebanon 3. Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation in Lebanon.   His foundations work locally, regionally and internationally to combat poverty, strengthen interfaith and intercultural dialogue and empower women and youth.  Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation- Saudi Arabia:  -Developing beneficent residential Projects in all areas Saudi Arabia -Supporting the education of Saudi women and enhancing their social role in all sectors in Saudi Arabia -Offering medical, health and social assistance to all areas in Saudi Arabia -Participating in developing the social infrastructure of Saudi Arabia by offering key humanitarian assistance -Supporting the national charities in all areas of Saudi Arabia Initiatives of the Foundation HRH through Alwaleed bin Talal Foundation has donated to many philanthropic projects globally including:  -$100,000 to the Earth Institute at Columbia University-Millennium Villages project. -$104,327 to The Susie Reizod Foundation's project: New Shoes Donations to Children in Need in Catastrophe Areas of Africa and Asia. -$687,500 to the Cambodian Muslim Community Development. -Revolving Leadership Program; $500,000 to the Turquoise Mountain, Afghanistan. -$766,848 to Leadership University College, Bangladesh. -$360,000 donation to SOS Children's Village in Indonesia and made a substantial emergency donation to Indonesia's flood victims. -In 2006, HRH made a donation for the Yemen landslide victims and in the same year donated $1 million through the United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP) to the drought-ravaged people of Kenya. -$19 million to South East Asia's Tsunami victims. What They Do: Developing Communities: Without boundaries, they can ensure dignity and opportunity, regardless of culture, creed, faith or location. By collaborating with other philanthropic organizations, NGOs, governments and small-sized non-profits, they support thousands of sustainable projects to alleviate poverty in the most deprived communities of the world. Their work stretches far and wide, providing humanitarian assistance to ease poverty and famine, supporting development, health, education and infrastructure, and encouraging social entrepreneurship to achieve long-term, sustainable change. Empowering Women & Youth: Without boundaries, they can support women around the world to achieve equality & enable the youth of today to create a better tomorrow. To build a better tomorrow, they need to harness the talents and skills of women and young people everywhere. So through their partnerships, they aim to provide the tools and know-how that talented, smart young professionals need to realize their dreams and ambitions, and ensure that women are given full access to education, employment and intellectual freedom. Providing Vital Disaster Relief: Without boundaries, they can bring rapid, vital relief when disaster strikes. When natural disasters hit, there is no time to waste. The poorest suffer the most. So they need to act. Fast. In the wake of earthquakes, tsunamis, monsoon floods, typhoons and devastating landslides, they are at the forefront of disaster response. They connect with active international organizations in afflicted areas, local embassies, and effective, accountable, transparent partners to bring vital relief to ease the suffering of survivors. Immediately. Bringing Cultures Together: Without boundaries, they can actively promote cultural understanding. They actively promote intercultural and interfaith dialogue and understanding through academia and creative learning. To strengthen a bridge between the world of Islam and the West, they have established Prince Alwaleed Academic Centers at leading universities across the globe. They also work in close partnership with the foremost centers of education around the world. Together, they begin conversations and exchange ideas. Together, they support innovative programs that use art and media to foster the global understanding needed for peace in an increasingly interdependent world.
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