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Connecting You with the UN to Solve Global Problems


Our Mission

Helping the UN Take its best work to scale

The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support United Nations causes and activities. As a public charity, we advocate for the UN and connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems.

We help the UN take its best work and ideas to scale—through advocacy, partnerships, community-building, and fundraising.

ADVOCACY—because we know the impact that sound policy can have on the social, economic, and environmental changes the UN seeks;

PARTNERSHIPS—because we have seen first­hand what can be achieved when the public and private sectors come together through the UN;

COMMUNITY-BUILDING—because the UN was created for “we the people,” reminding all of us that anyone can contribute to building a better world; and

FUNDRAISING—because we need new and additional resources to power solutions to global challenges.

Under the direction of our distinguished Board of Directors, we work closely with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Office for Partnerships.