Helping the UN build a better world

We are delighted to have the United Nations Foundation as our partners for Talking Philanthropy 2021. As the go-to partner for the United Nations over the last 20 years, the UN Foundation works to help the UN drive global progress and tackle some of the world’s most urgent problems.

The United Nations (UN) Foundation was established in 1998 by media entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner, to support the United Nations. It has since mobilised over $2 billion, numerous initiatives, and countless partners to support the UN and its mission of tackling humanity’s greatest challenges and driving global progress.

The United Nations Foundation acts as a strategic partner to help the United Nations mobilize ideas, people, resources to drive global progress and tackle urgent challenges. Focusing on issues at the heart of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Foundation builds initiatives across sectors to solve problems at scale and engage citizens who seek action.

In March 2020, the UN Foundation received global admiration for its combined effort with the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation to establish the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund to support the World Health Organization, which has raised over $238 million from more than 650,000 individuals and companies to support global COVID-19 efforts.

The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund organised by the United Nations Foundation was a demonstration of phenomenal spontaneous support across the world to meet the challenges of the pandemic. At Talking Philanthropy, we want to share what we have learned and discuss how we can build more international partnerships in the future.

“The UN Foundation was founded over 20 years ago by Ted Turner from with his remarkable $1 billion gift and commitment to fulfilling the United Nations mandate. Talking Philanthropy is an opportunity to hear from Asian philanthropists and explore the role of philanthropy in Asia in solving these challenges and achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”

COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

The World Health Organization is leading and coordinating the global effort, supporting countries to prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19. The COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund gives individuals, companies, and philanthropies the ability to directly support their efforts to combat the pandemic.