Shefa Fund

The Shefa Fund is the first donor collaborative from the Middle East to foster collaboration between philanthropists and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Launched in 2013, the Shefa Fund concept was sparked during a conversation between Saudi philanthropists Khaled and Olfat Juffali and Bill Gates. Together, the Juffalis created the vision for the Shefa Fund and have encouraged collaboration with like-minded philanthropists who are interested in improving the lives of those most in need. The Shefa Fund is a donor-advised fund at NPT Transatlantic.

  • Organisation type Donor-advised fund
  • Year founded 2013
  • Headquartered London
  • Registration United Kingdom
  • Website

Related sustainable development goals

  • Good Health and Well-Being
  • Gender Equality
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Reduced Inequalities


US$16m+ in grants

21m+ people supported through grants

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Health
    • Public health
      • Epidemiology
      • Water access, sanitation and hygiene
      • Communicable disease control
    • Healthcare access
    • Medical specialities
    • Medical support services
    • Diseases and conditions
  • Legal and courts
    • Disasters and emergency management
      • Disaster relief

Focus populations

  • Low-income people
  • Refugees and displaced people

Focus geographies

  • Africa
    • Uganda
    • Somalia
    • Gambia
    • Chad
    • Kenya
    • Nigeria
    • Central African Republic
    • Ethiopia
    • Sudan
  • Middle East
    • Iraq
    • Turkey
    • Syria
    • Saudi Arabia
    • Yemen
    • Lebanon
    • Palestine
    • Jordan
  • North Africa
    • Egypt
  • South Asia
    • Afghanistan


  • Amref Health Africa
  • Beit El Baraka USA
  • International Medical Corps UK
  • Save the Children
  • The End Fund
  • The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM)
  • United to Beat Malaria
  • World Health Organisation
  • Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation


  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


  • Providing grants

    Shefa Fund provides grants to organisations working around the world to support programmes in healthcare, preventing and treating neglected tropical diseases, maternal healthcare for families displaced by conflict, WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene), education, reconstruction and rehabilitation, humanitarian relieve, and food assistance. 


Funding model

  • Grants to organisations

Primary funders

  • Juffali family

Funding source

  • Private


Board members

  • Khaled Juffali
  • Olfat Al-Mutlaq Juffali
  • Jennifer Alcorn
  • Dana Juffali

Contact details



Case study: Learn about how the Shefa Fund is maximising impact through collective giving in this case study from Circle. Read more 

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