In support of strategic philanthropy in the Arab region...

Changing the way we give.

Nurturing social responsibility and advancing public good.

Serving as a hub for philanthropic foundations in the Arab region.

Fostering dialogue and collaboration opportunities amongst our network.

Spearheading initiatives around advocacy for the region.

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Collaborations and partnerships are priority issues for our members, which is why during our 2023 Annual Meeting held in Cairo in September, we brought together around 40 organizations for a workshop with the goal of deepening knowledge sharing on Arab philanthropic partnerships practices and how to advance their effectiveness and impact.

The result is this milestone report – among the first of its kind for the region – spotlighting the key discussions, takeaways, and recommendations for advancing more effective partnership practices and a strengthened collaborative ecosystem. Produced in partnership with the Sawiris Foundation for Social Development (SFSD).

Read it here.

In a new report from NORRAG on philanthropic engagements in education, AFF CEO Naila Farouky argues that long-term focus and investment in climate education should be a priority for Arab philanthropic actors.

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AFF Co-Hosts COP28 Side Event “Innovative Finance Partnership for Localized Solutions to Climate Change: Public Banks, Islamic Finance & Philanthropy”
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AFF Commits to Developing an Arab Regional Climate Commitment
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Climate + health in the MENA region – Feb. 20, 2024

Join our next climate action session, led by our partners Impatience Earth, to learn more about the health impacts of climate change, the potential solutions, and how philanthropy can help. Find out more and register here.


Advancing Arab philanthropic partnerships and collaboratives

We have produced one of the region’s first reports mapping out opportunities for collaboration in the philanthropic ecosystem. Watch our panel for ideas, recommendations, and next steps to building stronger philanthropic partnerships. Watch the recording.

How can we best leverage the private sector in development?

We bring together a panel of experts to discuss the important role of private sector and philanthropy in sustainable development, partnerships, and collaboration. The panel discusses the various ways the private sector is stepping up to make socially responsible contributions to development, as well as the challenges of balancing philanthropic activities and corporate sustainability with the need to turn a profit. Watch the recording.


Arab Philanthropy Survey

The latest version of our survey has been updated with the aim of gathering insights and hard numbers on how Arab foundations operate, the challenges they face, and how they have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Help us build this vital resource here. 


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About Arab Foundations Forum (AFF)

The Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) is a non-profit membership-based association of philanthropic organizations, donors, funders, and other actors in the philanthropy sector-based or working in the Arab region. Our vision is for an effective and strategic philanthropic sector in the Arab region that engages with all aspects of society towards growing social responsibility and investment while advancing the public good.

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