The Big Heart Foundation

The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF) was founded by Sharjah’s Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi in 2015 to protect and empower vulnerable children and families in fragile situations across the world. With a focus on advocacy, aid and development, TBHF supports programmes spanning healthcare, education, emergency relief and livelihoods in more than a dozen countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Its grantees include UNICEF, BRAC, Oxfam, the Malala Fund, Mercy Corps, UNHCR, UNDP and the WFP, in addition to a number of smaller locally led nonprofits in Lebanon and Palestine. Since launch, the organisation has reached almost 4 million beneficiaries in more than 25 countries.

  • Organisation type Foundation
  • Year founded 2015
  • Headquartered Sharjah
  • Registration United Arab Emirates
  • Website

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Education
  • Health
    • Diseases and conditions
      • Cancers
    • Medical specialities
    • Medical support services
    • Mental health care
  • Human services
    • Youth development
      • Community service for youth
    • Food aid
  • Public safety
    • Abuse prevention
      • Domestic violence
    • Disasters and emergency management
      • Disaster relief

Focus populations

  • Women and girls
  • Widows and widowers
  • Orphans
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Refugees and displaced people
  • Internally displaced people
  • Victims of crime and abuse
  • Victims of disaster
  • Victims of conflict and war
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Focus geographies

  • Europe
    • Greece
  • Africa
    • DR Congo
    • Tanzania
    • Kenya
    • Niger
    • Somalia
  • Middle East
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Yemen
    • Lebanon
    • Jordan
    • Palestine
    • Turkey
    • Iraq
  • South-east Asia
    • Malaysia
  • South Asia
    • Bangladesh
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  • Misr AlKheir Foundation
  • Environmental Quality International
  • Al Nas Hospital
  • Magdi Yacoub Heart Foundation (Egypt)
  • Citizen Foundation
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI) Egypt
  • Tumiani La Maisha
  • King Hussein Cancer Foundation
  • Union for International Cancer Control
  • Gulf Federation for Cancer Control
  • Malala Fund
  • Oxfam
  • Mercy Corps
  • Sharjah International Charity
  • Basmeh and Zaitooneh
  • Nadia’s Initiative
  • BRAC
  • Palestine Children's Relief Fund (PCRF)
  • NAGAAD Network
  • Zivica
  • Welfare Association
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Funding model

  • Royal
  • Private

Primary funders

  • Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi

Types of funding and awards

  • Cash grants
  • Grants to Individuals
  • In-kind gifts


Key staff

  • Mariam Al Hammadi, director

Board members

  • Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi

Contact details

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