The Arab Foundations Forum (AFF)

Who we are

The Arab Foundations Forum (AFF) is a nonprofit membership-based association of philanthropic organizations, donors, funders, and other actors in the philanthropy sector, based or working in the Arab region. AFF was established in 2006 and has grown to include a regional network across the region, with members in more than a dozen countries and growing.


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.

What we do

The Arab Foundations Forum serves as a hub for knowledge sharing, capacity development, and networking for its members and partners. We aim to foster dialogue and collaboration opportunities amongst our members and our wider network to bolster the capacity and efficacy of strategic philanthropy in the Arab region.

Why we do it

The Arab Foundations Forum was established as a response to the rapid increase in the number of philanthropic foundations in the Arab region and to recognizing the need to create an infrastructure for this emerging philanthropic sector that supports a more strategic and effective culture of giving.

Our objectives

  • To establish ourselves as a knowledge and resource hub for all things related to strategic philanthropy in the Arab region by supporting the sector in its various activities, initiatives, and endeavors
  • To provide our members with quality benefits and services and tailor our benefits and activities to the sector and the region, as well as provide substantive content to our members and partners through the activities that we offer
  • To play a pivotal role in facilitating and spearheading initiatives around advocacy for the sector, whether on behalf of our members or in-service thereof

Why should your organization join the Arab Foundations Forum?

When you become an AFF member, you join a group of organizations and foundations who focus on philanthropy and do exceptional and important work in the Arab region and beyond. You also join us as we strive to provide effective partnerships between Arab foundations and organizations working in the region and globally.

We serve as your advocate among other global networks and partner organizations, which in turn, increases philanthropic development overall. We can also assist you and your organization in reaching a regional audience throughout the sector.

Membership is open to any organization that has an interest in expanding, understanding, and amplifying the impact of philanthropy in the Arab region. Our members have ambitions beyond simply fundraising or networking – each adds value to the AFF network by engaging with our events and activities and contributing to our growing knowledge hub through data, research, and sharing their expertise.

AFF members gain access to a wide array of member benefits and services that we customize to fit your needs and the needs of the sector.

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