Alwaleed Philanthropies

Alwaleed Philanthropies is the global philanthropy of Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal. One of the largest foundations in the region, it supports individuals and organisations working across a range of sectors from health and education to community development, arts, and empowerment. To-date, the foundation has funded humanitarian relief and development initiatives, working with a range of global partners to reach over one billion people worldwide. Alwaleed Philanthropies gave generously to the Gates Philanthropy Partners Covid-19 response fund. This helped to support vaccine development, build capacity in local healthcare settings in Africa, and supply PPE to countries in need. The organisation has also given to campaigns to flight polio and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and has also funded several centres dedicated to Islamic culture.

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Education
  • Health
  • Human services
    • Youth development
  • Community and economic development
  • Arts and culture
  • Philanthropy and public policy
    • Nonprofits
  • Information and communications
    • Libraries
  • Religion
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Focus populations

  • Women and girls
  • Victims of disaster

Focus geographies

  • Europe
  • Americas
  • Africa
  • North Africa
  • Middle East
  • South-east Asia
  • Central Asia
  • South Asia
  • East Asia
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  • Breakthrough Energy
  • Gavi: The Vaccine Alliance
  • Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)
  • American University in Cairo
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Harvard University
  • Georgetown University
  • Musée du Louvre
  • The Museum of Islamic Art Berlin
  • Splash
  • The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO)
  • UN Habitat
  • Gates Philanthropy Partners
  • World Health Organisation
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • World Scout Foundation
  • Turquoise Mountain
  • Nubian Vault
  • Humanitarian Leadership Academy
  • The End Fund
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  • Maharat childhood development cognitive skills
  • Alwaleed Bin Talal Academic Centres
  • Splash: hand washing stations for all
  • Albania Earthquake Relief: habitat for humanity
  • Eradicate Guinea worm disease
  • Gates Philanthropy Partners (GPP) Covid-19 response projects
  • Polio eradication
  • Turquoise Mountain Myanmar
  • World Scout Foundation
  • Dar al Diafah project
  • Captinah Project
  • Measles and rubella elimination
  • Humanitarian Leadership Academy
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
  • Misremember AlKhair Housing Project
  • Waeya Legal Initiative
  • Housing and car grant projects
  • Medical and socio-educational caravans
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Funding model

  • Private
  • Royal

Primary funders

  • Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal

Types of funding and awards

  • Cash grants
  • Foundation-administered programme awards
  • Grants to Individuals
  • In-kind gifts
  • Programme related investment
  • Matching grants


Key staff

  • Princess Lamia Bint Majid Al Saud, secretary general
  • Abeer Al Fouti, executive manager, global initiatives

Board members

  • Chair, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud
  • Vice-chair, Prince Khalid Bin Alwaleed Al Saud
  • Princess Reem Bint Alwaleed Al Saud
  • Nada Bint Saleh Al Sugair
  • Sheikh Ali Bin Abdulaziz Al Nashwan
  • Princess Lamia Bint Majid Al Saud

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