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 personal protective equipment (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.

Related sustainable development goals

  • No Poverty
  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Quality Education
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Climate Action
  • Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • Partnerships for the Goals


US$4 billion spent on philanthropic projects

1 billion+ people supported

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Arts
    • Arts & Culture
  • Communications
    • Libraries
  • Development
  • Education
  • Health
  • Humanitarian
    • Youth development
  • Philanthropy
    • Nonprofits
  • Religion

Focus populations

  • Victims of disaster
  • Women and girls

Focus geographies

  • Africa
  • Americas
  • Central Asia
  • East Asia
  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • North Africa
  • South Asia
  • South-east Asia


  • American University in Cairo
  • Breakthrough Energy
  • Gates Philanthropy Partners
  • Gavi: The Vaccine Alliance
  • Georgetown University
  • Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI)
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Harvard University
  • Humanitarian Leadership Academy
  • Musée du Louvre
  • Nubian Vault
  • Splash
  • The Carter Center
  • The End Fund
  • The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO)
  • The Museum of Islamic Art Berlin
  • Turquoise Mountain
  • UN Habitat
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Edinburgh
  • World Health Organisation
  • World Scout Foundation


  • AMAR International Charitable Foundation
  • Ashoka
  • Barça Foundation
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Darzah
  • Dubai Cares
  • Gates Philanthropy Partners
  • King Saud University
  • NYU Abu Dhabi
  • Oxford University
  • Oxford University Museums
  • Pergamon Museum Berlin
  • The END Fund
  • Thomson Reuters
  • Turquoise Mountain Foundation
  • UN Women
  • University of Edinburgh
  • World Scout Movement


  • Albania Earthquake Relief: habitat for humanity

    Following the 2019 earthquakes that rocked Albania, Alwaleed Philanthropies established a recovery programme to support impacted families and communities. The programme focussed on long-term recovery, including housing, community-based training, income generating opportunities, and psycho-social support.

  • Alwaleed Barcelona Sports Programme
    Sports programme for refugees in Greece to promote social inclusion and well-being. Alwaleed Philanthropies and Barcelona Foundation partnered together to launch this programme which aims to support 517 refugees.
  • Alwaleed Bin Talal Academic Centres

    The foundation established six centres in leading universities around the world with the aim of facilitating cultural exchange, understanding, cooperation, and outreach. The six centres are located in: Georgetown University (USA), Harvard University (USA), Edinburgh University (UK), Cambridge University (UK), American University of Beirut (Lebanon), and the American University of Cairo (Egypt).

  • Captinah Project

    In partnership with Careem and the Saudi Ministry of Municipal Rural Affairs and Housing, Alwaleed Philanthropies launched an initiative to encourage women in Saudi to work as Careem captains (drivers) and facilitated this by providing them with cars and training.

  • Eliminating blinding Trachoma
    Alwaleed Philanthropies in partnership with the Carter Center launched this programme in 2001 to eliminate trachoma, with a particular focus on the Amhara region in Ethiopia.
  • Eradicate Guinea worm disease

    Alwaleed Philanthropies provides support to the Carter Center to fund programmes to eradicate Guinea worm disease in Angola, Cameroon, Chad, South Sudan, and Ethiopia.

  • Gates Philanthropy Partners (GPP) Covid-19 response projects

    Alwaleed Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation jointly supported the Covid-19 diagnostics initiative, which helped in identifying and providing Covid-19 treatment in low and middle-income countries across Africa and south Asia.

  • Housing and car grant projects

    Alwaleed Philanthropies works with partners such as the Saudi Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs to support vulnerable families in Saudi Arabia by allocating 1,000 housing units and 1,000 cars each year to improve their living conditions and transportation.

  • Humanitarian Leadership Academy

    In partnership with Save the Children, Alwaleed Philanthropies pledged more than US$29 million to the Humanitarian Leadership Academy to launch 10 centres around the world to train frontline aid workers and volunteers in 50 countries on emergency response during humanitarian crises.

  • Maharat childhood development cognitive skills

    In partnership with the Saudi ministries of education and health, and the Communications and Information Technology Commission, Alwaleed Philanthropies launched an digital application to help improve and develop the cognitive skills in children suffering from learning difficulties in Saudi Arabia.

  • Measles and Rubella elimination

    Alwaleed Philanthropies partnered with UNICEF to launch an initiative to provide vital vaccines to combat Measles and Rubella. The initiative aims to vaccinate 50 million children in middle and low-income countries across Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America by 2030.

  • Medical and socio-educational caravans

    In partnership with ICESCO (the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Alwaleed Philanthropies established a humanitarian programme to stregthen community health systems by establishing five caravans that provide essential medical equipment in Morocco, Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire, Niger, and Burkina Faso.

  • Misr AlKhair Housing Project
    Providing housing for 10,000 Egyptian families
  • Multaka-Oxford initiative
    Alwaleed Philanthropies in partnership with University of Oxford launched this community initiative to provide opportunities for cultural exchange and promote understanding and tolerance, as well as appreciation for arts and culture. It brings together newly settling families and refugees and the local communities in Oxford.
  • Mustaqbal Project
    Alwaleed Philanthropies supported programme to train 660 Yemeni students in collaboration with the Saudi Development and Reconstruction Program for Yemen and Education for Employment.
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

    In partnership with The End Fund, Alwaleed Philanthropies established an initiative to provide NTD treatments across 25 countries across Africa. 

  • Polio eradication

    In partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Alwaleed Philanthropies launched a project in 2019 with the aim to eradicate polio worldwide.

  • Splash: hand washing stations for all

    Alwaleed Philanthropies collaborated with SPLASH, a US-based social justice organisation focussed on improving access to clean water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), to build handwashing stations in schools in Ethiopia and India. 

  • Turquoise Mountain Myanmar

    Alwaleed Philanthropies in partnership with Tuquoise Mountain, a charity based in Edinburgh, Scotland, to restore historic areas and traditional crafts and help create sustainable job opportunities for artisans in Myanmar.

  • Waeya Legal Initiative

    This programme aims to combat domestic violence against women by providing them with free legal services, raising awareneness about women's rights in Saudi Arabia, and training and empowering Saudi female lawyers in partnership with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

  • World Scout Foundation

    Alwaleed Philanthropies partnered with the World Scout Foundation to develop a programme aimed at empowering young people around the world through training and onboarding volunteers and scouts to support their communities.


Funding model

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

Primary funders

  • Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal

Funding source

  • Corporate
  • Family
  • Private


Key staff

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

Board members

  • Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Al Saud, chair
  • Prince Khalid Bin Alwaleed Al Saud, vice chair
  • Fahad Bin Nafel
  • Princess Lamia Bint Majid Al Saud, secretary general
  • Princess Reem Bint Alwaleed Al Saud
  • Sheikh Ali Bin Abdulaziz Al Nashwan

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